Many children suffer from recurrent or chronic pain that is not due to a medical problem. This type of pain is referred to as functional pain. The most common types of functional pain reported by children are recurrent stomachaches and headaches. The cost of functional pain is considerable. Children with functional pain make frequent doctor visits and are often referred to tertiary care facilities. In addition, several hundred thousand school days are lost each month as a result of functional pain and school absences can negatively impact a child’s academic and social development. A number of psychological interventions have been found to be highly effective in decreasing the frequency, duration, and intensity of pain episodes. Nevertheless, it can be difficult for families to access effective treatment.
Presenter: Sarah Hanly, PhD Sarah Hanly, PhD received her first Doctorate in Molecular Biology from Rockefeller University in New York. She went on to do a post-doctoral fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Duke University Medical School in Durham, North Carolina. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her work as a Psychology Intern for the St. Louis Psychology Internship Consortium brought her to the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, where she helped create Camp Pain Retreat, a program that provides information to parents and offers suggestions to help children with functional pain.
The University of Missouri, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and will maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. MIMH will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEU) for this program. MIMH credit will fulfill Clinical Social Work and Psychologist licensure requirements in the State of Missouri. Attendees with licensure from other states are responsible for seeking appropriate continuing education credit, from their respective boards for completing this program.
This module will talk about early mental health care centers in the state of Missouri including State Hospital Number One in Fulton, the St. Louis County Insane Asylum, and the Saint Louis Hospital for Social Evils. The history of these hospitals, the treatments offered patients, and the management of people with mental illness as affected by social and medical movements form the core of this presentation.
Stigma often prevents individuals from gaining awareness and understanding of suicide. Talking candidly about suicide with parents and caregivers can be difficult barrier to overcome when cultural stigma exist. Common misconceptions or cultural beliefs discourage many from seeking treatment, and many educators and individuals in helping professions are not convinced that suicide is a genuine health concern for African American communities. This educational training aims to raise awareness and understanding of suicidal behavior among African American adolescents (ages 14-24 years), as well as to provide individuals with strategies and resources to appropriately intervene with a young person considering suicide.
Summary of findings from a comprehensive survey of mental health, substance use and developmental disabilities providers funded by the Department of Mental Health. Detailed findings found in the Needs Assessment and Resource Inventory for Mental Health document.