Healthy Minds, Healthy Children

About Healthy Minds, Healthy Children

Healthy Minds, Healthy Children aims to provide improved access to mental and behavioral health care for children and adolescents in the Potomac Health Foundation service area and beyond.  Using The REACH Institute's Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care Mini-Fellowship, we will provide valuable professional development training for community providers that will increase their knowledge, comfort, and confidence in screening for and treating children with mental and behavioral health needs.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Children is generously supported by the Potomac Health Foundation.

Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care

Join the The REACH Institute in Woodbridge for its Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Mini -Fellowship. This innovative program increases clinicians' comfort with assessing, diagnosing, and treating pediatric mental health concerns. Participants can earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by completing the mini-fellowship components:

  • A dynamic three-day, 16-hour interactive course focused on building skills and confidence in diagnosing and treating pediatric behavioral health problems.
  • A six-month, case-based distance-learning program. Participants join 12 bi-monthly, 1 hour group conference calls with national primary care and child/adolescent psychiatry experts to learn how to manage pediatric mental health issues encountered in daily practice.

All participants will receive custom-designed toolkits with guides, assessment instruments, dosing and side effect charts, medication comparison tables, and handouts for patients and parents.

Course Goals

In order to effectively use medications for pediatric behavioral health problems, participants learn to:

  1. Correctly identify and differentiate among pediatric behavioral health problems such as childhood depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety states (including PTSD), oppositional and conduct disorders, and psychosis.
  2. Effectively manage psychopharmacology: selecting medications, initiating and tapering dosages, monitoring improvements, and identifying and minimizing medication side effects.
  3. Create and implement a treatment plan by mobilizing existing resources like family members, school personnel, and other professional caregivers.

*In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and The REACH Institute. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 28.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



October 19-21, 2018


Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge Campus

Who should attend?

Pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, pediatric physician assistants and other providers that provide primary care to children and adolescents.


  • This training is supported by a grant from the Potomac Health Foundation (PHF).  As such, the grant funds will offset the cost of tuition for providers who serve patients that reside in the PHF region only.  The cost for these providers is $100.
  • There are a small number of spots available for providers outside the PHF region, but these spots require that the full cost of tuition be covered by the participant, employer, or other sponsoring institution.
  • Once you complete your registration, a member of our team will be in touch with you to confirm whether you are in the grant service area or not and tuition payment will be arranged at that time.

Service area and capacity:

  • We can accept a total of 40 providers to the PPP mini-fellowship.
  • Priority will be given to providers located in the Potomac Health Foundation's service area (click here).


Shelley Stinson, Clinical Learning Collaborative Director: