Infant and Children's Mental Health and Psychotropic Medication

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Thursday, May 21,
Wednesday, May 27 and
Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program is hosting a training of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem.

Join us on three evenings in May for Infant and Children's Mental Health and Psychotropic Medication.

Four primary topics and their associated items will be discussed.

  • What is infant and children's mental health and how is it related to trauma?
  • What is infant mental health?
  • Attachment issues
  • Behaviors and interactions to consider when assessing infant mental health
  • Resiliency in children
  • Diagnoses most often seen and what they mean
  • What does a GAL volunteer need to know about their responsibilities and resources concerning the emotional, social, behavioral and safety of a child served by Florida Child Welfare?
  • Comprehensive Behavioral Health Assessment (CBHA): 0–5 years and 5–18 years
  • Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS): 0–4 years and 5–18 years
  • Why they are important
  • Relationship to dependency case workers and mental health providers
  • Trauma informed care and how to develop it
  • What is trauma informed care and what does it look like?
  • System values
  • Family protective factors and the six dimensions of child well-being
  • Making informed recommendations regarding psychotropic medications
  • Medline consults, legal process
  • Guardian ad litem volunteer responsibilities

The sessions will be presented by Frank Platt, L.C.S.W, Florida Department of Children and Families on May 21 and May 28; and by Lorraine Donovan-Lepanto, Esq., Supervising Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program on May 27.

Participants may receive six (6) hours of continuing education credit. Afterward, report your hours quickly and easily using our eForm.

The training is free. You can download the event flyer and register with the event contact below.

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First Published May 5, 2015