Behavioral and Mental Health Block

In light of the increasing prevalence of pediatric mental health disorders, a national movement towards integrated behavioral health in primary care, and a national shortage in child psychiatrists, the BCRP feels a strong responsibility to improve residency training in pediatric mental health. As such, the BCRP created a 2-week behavioral and mental health block for senior residents in conjunction with an intentional integration of a mental health curriculum over the three years of residency. The overall goal of the block is to improve resident comfort and competence in evaluating and treating pediatric populations with behavioral and mental health conditions with a focus on depression, anxiety, and ADHD. The rotation includes outpatient clinical work in varied integrated behavioral health settings as well as experiences with our city’s mobile emergency response team to learn skills in crisis management, behavioral de-escalation as well as behavioral health triage. The emphasis will be on common behavioral and mental conditions including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and behaviors of children who are on the autistic spectrum.