The Mosaic of Mental Health: A Workshop for Pediatric Rheumatologists and Other Providers

Two-Part Workshop: Session Two Builds Upon Session One

Cure JM Foundation in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Colorado, is proud to offer this two-part workshop to pediatric rheumatologists and other providers. CME status will be offered as well. Co-sponsors include: The Hospital for Sick Kids of Toronto; Duke University Hospital; Seattle Children’s Hospital; Dr. Susan Kim @ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Target Audience:

Pediatric Rheumatologists, Fellows, Early Investigators, Nurses, Social Workers, other Support providers in Rheumatology clinics.


Mental health problems, particularly anxiety and depression, are more common in children and adolescents with pediatric rheumatologic diseases than in healthy peers. Identifying these problems early on is important because they are known to negatively impact disease outcomes (i.e., disease activity, pain), health-related quality of life, medication adherence, and health care utilization. Despite this, routine mental health screening rates remain low in the pediatric rheumatology setting. A commonly cited barrier by pediatric rheumatology providers is the lack of effective mental health training to manage mental health concerns. To address this gap with the support of Cure JM foundation, we will be carrying out two 2-hour training sessions to provide you with the tools necessary for appropriate routine mental health screening and care. Integrating mental health care into the pediatric rheumatology setting can improve disease and mental health-related outcomes and reduce disparities.

Session One • Thursday, October 13, 2022

 3:00–5:00 p.m.  Eastern

 2:00–4:00 p.m.  Central

 1:00–3:00 p.m.  Mountain

12:00–2:00 p.m. Pacific

Session One Agenda:

I. Welcome & Recognize the Importance of Mental Health (MH) in Pediatric Rheumatology and Its Impact on Patients and Families (Tala El Tal, M.D.)

II. Develop MH Bedside Skills on How to Begin Informal MH Discussion Before Screening (Sharon Lorber, MSW, RSW)    

III. Identify Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression (Alana Goldstein-Leever, PsyD.) 

IV. Establish Clinical Knowledge and Skills in Utilizing Screening Tools (PHQ-9 and GAD-7) for Depression & Anxiety (Kaveh Ardalan, M.D.)

V. Wrap-Up (Tala El Tal, M.D.)

Session Two • Thursday, October 27, 2022

3:00–5:00 p.m.  Eastern

 2:00–4:00 p.m.  Central

 1:00–3:00 p.m.  Mountain

12:00–2:00 p.m. Pacific

Session Two Agenda:

I. Describe Coping and Adjustment Strategies in the Context of Pediatric Rheumatology and
Understand Why It’s Beneficial (Mariel De la Paz, MSW, LCSW)

II. Establish Clinical Knowledge and Skills to Perform Suicide Risk Assessment and Discuss
Safety Planning in Cases of Suicidal Ideation (Alana Goldstein-Leever, PsyD.)

III. Understand Basic Principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)( Natoshia Cunningham, Ph.D)

IV. Understand When It Is More Appropriate to Offer Art Therapy or Play Therapy Michelle Itczak, MA, ATR-BC, LMHC

V. Role Play in Break-Out Rooms (Various Facilitators)

VI. Discussion & Wrap-Up

Registration is open, and CME status is available.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Edison, Mental Health Coordinator, at

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