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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Health
Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Health
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
  Training the Future Child Healthcare Workforce to Improve
Behavioral Health Outcomes for Children, Youth and Families
November 29-30, 2016
Washington, DC
Workshop Materials

Workshop Steering Committee
  Thomas Boat (co-chair)
  Laurel Leslie (co-chair)
  Harolyn M.E. Belcher
  Gregory Fritz
  Bianca Kiyoe Frogner
  Elizabeth Hawkins-Walsh
  Kimberly E. Hoagwood
  Marshall L. Land
  Mary Ann McCabe




Workshop 7 Brief
Training the Future Child Health Care Workforce to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Children, Youth, and Families: Proceedings of a Workshop--in Brief
Released May 3, 2017

Read the full brief here.
Workforce Paper
Workforce Development to Enhance the Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health of Children and Youth: Opportunities and Barriers in Child Health Care Training
National Academy of Medicine Perspectives Paper
Released November 29, 2016

Read the discussion paper here.
Workshop 7 Proceedings
Training the Future Child Health Care Workforce to Improve the Behavioral Health of Children, Youth, and Families: Proceedings of a Workshop
Released September 6, 2017
Read the full proceedings here.




An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct an interactive public workshop that will focus on the development and training of an integrated healthcare workforce that promotes family-focused behavioral health and wellbeing of children and youth.

Panelists will address the needs for workforce development for the range of health professions working with children, youth, and families, including pediatric medicine, family medicine, nursing, pediatric psychology and behavioral health, child psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, public health, social work, counseling, and parent and peer coaches. Current training protocols, programs, and core competencies will be examined in an effort to address the promotion of children's behavioral health in an interdisciplinary, integrated, and multi-generational manner. The workshop will also address training and practice of professionals with behavioral competencies in subspecialty fields, specifically those working with children who have life-threatening chronic illness, and training and certification for healthcare professionals who work with children in non-traditional health settings, including school, justice, and child welfare systems. Levers for leading change and innovation in training will be discussed.

A set of panel discussions, state of the art reviews, and policy focused presentations will address the following topics:
• Improved content in training programs that incorporates promotion of behavioral health and well-being; training for multi-generation surveillance and intervention, including maternal health, and evidence-based practices.

• Goals and strategies for interprofessional training and integrated practice to meet current and future needs for the behavioral health of children and families.

• Attention to how funding and accreditation of training programs and certification of individuals may hinder but more importantly drive innovations in training an effective workforce.

• Training that affirms co-promotion of behavioral health with parents.

• Training for collaboration with professionals in community settings, including schools, child care facilities, and juvenile justice.

• Current and future directions for research that examine outcomes of different training models.

• Opportunities to leverage other regional and national change processes to improve training. 

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