This study will provide psychosocial training to general health care providers to help them
provide better care to children with mental health problems.
Up to 20% of school-age children have one or more mental health conditions that require
treatment. These conditions are often treated by generalists. However, a significant
proportion of children who seek treatment from generalists do not receive effective
treatment. Studies indicate that generalists who treat adults can improve the administration
of treatment after taking part in training programs, but these studies have yet to be
translated into pediatric settings. This study will conduct a training program to help
generalists provide effective treatments to children with mental health problems.
This study will evaluate a two-session, highly interactive training program in which general
clinicians receive psychosocial training. The training program includes skills related to
engaging parents and children, problem identification, solution-focused cognitive therapy,
and making effective mental health referrals.
The child's mental health symptoms, functioning, changes in utilization of pediatric
services, and utilization of community services will be measured along with the mother's
emotional well-being and family functioning.
Inclusion Criteria for Health Care Providers:
- Generalist clinician in primary care practice seeing children 6 to 16 years of age
Inclusion Criteria for Patients:
- 6 to 16 years of age
- Seeing a study-enrolled provider
- English or Spanish speaking
- Not in acute pain