Free child psychiatric training for pediatrics

NEW YORK, NY, June 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The increasing demand for child mental health services is putting immense pressure on already underfunded and inadequate systems. There is pressure for pediatric providers to take a larger role in addressing these concerns, but many providers feel unprepared. The REACH Institute, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that the most effective, scientifically proven mental health care reaches all children and families, offers a solution.

Since 2006, REACH has trained pediatric primary care providers (PCPs), therapists, and healthcare facilities across the country in the most advanced evidence-based therapies for children’s mental health. Their flagship program, Patient-Centered Mental Health in Primary Care Pediatrics (PPP), trains providers to safely diagnose, treat, and manage common child mental health problems they encounter every day in the practice, thereby increasing referrals to behavioral health professionals be avoided for more complex cases.

Thanks to a generous donation, REACH is now able to offer free mental health training to up to 150 primary care physicians practicing in the Atlanta area. “We are so grateful for this opportunity to provide better access to mental health care for thousands of families across the Atlanta area,” said REACH CEO Lisa Hunter Romanelli, Ph.D. “REACH has already trained over 5,000 pediatric GPs, but we are just getting started.”

Led by experts in child psychiatry, psychology and pediatrics, REACH’s PPP training course teaches clinicians how to properly identify and differentiate behavioral health problems in children such as ADHD, anxiety (including PTSD), depression, bipolar disorder, oppositional and behavioral disorders. and psychosis. Participants also learn how to effectively administer psychopharmacology and create treatment plans.

As more providers are willing to address both physical and mental health issues, access to mental health care will improve for hundreds of thousands of families sitting on mental health care waiting lists or, worse, trapped in the emergency room for days, weeks, even months until a place at a mental health facility becomes available. To alleviate this crisis, REACH also offers grant opportunities for PCPs in the US and Canada who work in underserved communities and are representative of the diverse families they serve.

“Prevention is key,” says Dr. Hunter Romanelli. “When mental health screenings become part of every visit to healthy children, providers have a better chance of catching a problem early, before it reaches the frightening proportions we see in the news every day.”

To be considered for the free mental health training opportunity, applicants must be a pediatrician, primary care physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant practicing in the greater Atlanta area. Candidates of all backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply. For more information, see:

To learn more about REACH grant opportunities and other training programs for pediatric primary care physicians, psychotherapists, educators and nurses in the US and Canada, or to schedule PPP training for your healthcare facility, visit:


The REACH Institute is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that the most effective, scientifically proven mental health care reaches all children and families. Led by national experts in child psychiatry, psychology and pediatrics, since 2006 REACH has increased the country’s ability to help families with mental health problems. Their evidence-based training programs equip primary care providers, mental health clinicians, healthcare facilities, educators, and caregivers about the most advanced therapies to better diagnose, treat, and manage mental health problems in children and adults. REACH’s flagship course, Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP), has trained over 5,000 pediatric GPs to date. Better trained providers mean better access for hundreds of thousands of suffering families. To learn more about the REACH Institute and its training programs, visit:


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