Pediatric Behavioral Health ECHO

Discover how specialist and primary care collaboration in pediatric
behavioral health care can benefit you and your patients.

Improve Access to Complex Care Treatment

Patients with complex medical conditions in New Jersey sometimes wait up to six months to see a specialist.
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Improve Patient Outcomes

Investing time to learn how to provide specialty treatment to your patients in your primary care office, where they are most comfortable, can improve patient outcomes.
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Grow Your Primary Care Practice

Research shows that providers who attend Project ECHO sessions increase their ability to treat patients and offer community resources and referrals to patients and caregivers. When multiple providers in one practice attend the same or different ECHOs, capacity to treat patients expands exponentially.

How to Participate

Access your ECHO clinics from anywhere, using your computer or mobile device.

  • Register for your Project ECHO of choice
  • 1 CME credit available per each 60-minute full session attended
  • No-charge consultation with a multi-disciplinary team of specialists on active cases
  • Attend a minimum of 12 out of 17 ECHO clinic sessions over a period of 6 months
  • Present a minimum of one de-identified case per quarter
  • No homework
  • IT support available

Learning Objectives

After participating in ECHO, providers will be able to:

  • Describe traits associated with behavioral health conditions
  • Employ screening and assessment tools for behavioral health conditions according to American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations
  • Prescribe and manage appropriate treatment options, including medications, for behavioral health conditions according to evidence-based guidelines
  • Identify and conduct appropriate referrals to community resources, if applicable

Pediatric Behavioral Health ECHO Session Leaders

Anna Malia Beckwith, MD, Developmental Pediatrician
Elvira Downs, MD, Psychiatrist
Rosemary Browne, MSW, System of Care Representative
Laura Budinick, PsyD, Psychologist
Naomi Pickholtz , PsyD, Psychologist
Megan Maroney PharmD, BCPP, Psychiatric Pharmacist

Pediatric Behavioral Health ECHO Curriculum

Tuesdays 8 – 9 am

  • Week 1: Adolescent psychological drives and related developmental tasks
  • Week 2: Psychosocial sequelae of ADHD
  • Week 3: A brief overview of pharmacologic treatment of depression in children and adolescents
  • Week 4: Pediatric Symptom Checklist
  • Week 5: Parental supports
  • Week 6: Open/requested topic
  • Week 7: Social Emotional Issues and trauma in Adolescence and implications for treatment providers
  • Week 8: Postpartum depression: Detection and implications for early attachment disruptions
  • Week 9: Interpreting the boxed warning for suicidality with antidepressants
  • Week 10: Transition to adult services
  • Week 11: Recreational activities
  • Week 12: Open/Requested Topic
  • Week 13: Diagnosis and educational system classifications for school-aged children
  • Week 14: Tantrums and discipline: What works, what doesn’t, and why
  • Week 15: A brief overview of stimulant medications for ADHD
  • Week 16: Types of Bipolar Disorder
  • Week 17: Guardianship

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