APA 2011: Child Psychiatry Highlights

Robert L. Findling, MD


May 09, 2011

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Hello. My name is Dr. Robert Findling. I'm the Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospital Case Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University. In this posting, I'm going to chat about this year's annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). This year, the meeting is being held in Hawaii.

Many folks know that the APA is a meeting that doesn't specifically focus on child and adolescent psychiatry. Despite this, there are definitely parts of the meeting's program that could be of specific interest for child and adolescent psychiatrists. Sections of this year's APA meeting should be of interest for any clinician who spends a substantial amount of their work week caring for children and teenagers and their families. Several events caught my eye, and I would like to bring them to your attention.

On Sunday, May 15, there is a symposium scheduled that will consider the implications that the DSM-5 [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition] might have for child and adolescent psychiatry. That symposium is chaired by Dr. Larry Greenhill and it seems that the key thrust of the symposium is a consideration of the impact that DSM-5 will have on clinical practice.

Although the DSM-5 symposium is likely to be of keen interest to both seasoned and less experienced clinicians, another part of the program that might be particularly interesting to early career child and adolescent psychiatrists is a workshop that specifically focuses on developing a career in child and adolescent psychiatry. As a clinician as well as an investigator, I am keenly interested in how clinical research can be used to inform clinical practice. Dr. Adelaide Robb will be chairing a workshop that will consider how results from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)-sponsored psychopharmacology trials can help clinicians deliver evidence-based care. Other speakers for this workshop will be Dr. Karen Wagner, Graham Emslie, and John Walkup.

Another symposium that is likely to be of interest is one that specifically focuses on how parent-child relationships and attachments can influence outcomes in children. The last part of the program that I'll mention is a symposium that will focus on innovative treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders.

As you can see, there is a broad range of topics that are salient to the clinician who focuses on the care of children and teenagers. The specific programs I have mentioned from this year's APA are not at all exhaustive. In fact, I have only mentioned some of the scientific programs that focus on young people. As many of you know, the APA is a very sizeable meeting and at times it seems there are too many sessions from which to choose. I hope that mentioning a few items from the program might be of help to you as you decide what part of the APA annual meeting you plan to attend. Of course, I hope that you enjoy this year's annual APA meeting. I'm Dr. Robert Findling. Thank you for watching.


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