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Recognizing and Addressing Trauma and Related Mental Health Disorders in Young Children

Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 7:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

In this free workshop for pediatricians, family physicians, social workers, advanced practice nurses, and others who care for the health and well-being of children, increase your knowledge around trauma and related mental health disorders in young children. In this workshop, you will:

  • Increase knowledge of trauma, self-control and the developing brain in young children.
  • Identify traumatic stress reactions from a developmental perspective.
  • Apply skills to screen and assess trauma and related mental health disorders.
  • Discuss interventions for trauma and related pediatric mental health disorders.

This workshop was hosted by professionals at Illinois Doc Assist, a free pediatric and perinatal psychiatric access program that is funded by the State of Illinois Healthcare and Family Services (HFS). It’s mission is to help primary care clinicians screen, diagnose, and treat the mental health and substance use problems of children, adolescents, and perinatal women through consultation, training and referral assistance.

Diane Misch, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at The University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Juvenile Research, Director of Illinois DocAssist

Dr. Misch is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at The University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Juvenile Research. She has been a psychiatric consultant on Illinois DocAssist since 2010, the Medical Director of Illinois DocAssist Program since 2015, and concurrently the Medical Director of The Young Child Clinic, and Medical Consultant for The DCFS Psychotropic Medication Consent Program. Grant activity includes psychiatric-primary care collaboration in pediatrics and perinatal mental health care and education focusing on autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She previously worked in leadership positions within the public sector focusing on under-served populations, chronic mental illness, women’s mental health, family preservation, and forensic psychiatry.
She completed her nursing and medical education at Northwestern University, split her adult psychiatry residency training between Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, and completed a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is board certified in general adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and integrative medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Rhapsody Mason, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Illinois Doc Assist

Rhapsody received her Masters degree in Social Work from The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont. Throughout her career, Rhapsody has been dedicated to serving children and their families with unique social and emotional needs in a variety of capacities. She has experience working in early intervention programs, pediatric offices,  therapeutic schools and  preschool programs as well as therapeutic residential programs. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Illinois Doc Assist, Rhapsody Mason provides consultation to providers around psycho-social concerns. Often this involves providing assistance in identifying  local referral resources and navigating complex service systems.

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