Virtual Mental Health for Primary Care: The School Age Years Conference

May 14, 2021

Join fellow primary care clinicians to learn from local and national experts in pediatric mental health how to address gaps in practice and incorporate new information to effectively manage mental and behavioral health issues in children. We recognize the increasing number of mental health concerns that are managed in the primary care office and aim to support clinician’s ongoing need for further education, training, and access to available local resources.

This year's conference includes:

  • Pre-recorded sessions
  • Day of sessions
  • Ask a Specialist Sessions

We encourage you to view the pre-recorded sessions prior to the day of the conference if you are plan to attend the afternoon Ask A Specialist sessions. All day of and pre-recorded sessions will be available to attendees for 90-days post conference

* The live session recordings may take a few weeks to post. 

Register now to secure your spot for this year’s conference, The School Age Years. Plan to join us Friday, May 13, 2022 as we close out our series with Teens and Young Adults.

Target Audience

Primary Care Clinicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and others working with pediatric patients and families

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss school age mental health screening, diagnosis and referral opportunities
  • Provide practical strategies and tools to assist parents and clinicians with behavior management in school age children
  • Illustrate the impact of physiologic, social, and societal factors on healthy development in children
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 4.75 ANCC
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/14/2021 - 7:45am
Event ends: 
05/14/2021 - 2:30pm

Program may be subject to change. If attending the Ask A Specialist Sessions, it is highly recommended that you view the pre-recorded videos prior to the day of the conference. Video content will be available starting May 1, 2021. 




7:45 a.m.

Introduction and welcome

Angela Goepferd, MD, FAAP

8:00 a.m.

Social anxiety in children post pandemic

Katherine Hecht, PhD, LP

8:30 a.m.



8:45 a.m.

Treating anxiety in children: When to wait, when to medicate

Joel Spalding, MD

9:15 a.m.



9:30 a.m.

Keynote – From the frenzy of Fortnite to TikTok and YouTube: Media and school aged children

Michael Rich, MD, MPH

10:15 a.m.



10:30 a.m.

Ordinary Magic: Enhancing resilience in children

Ann Masten, PhD, LP

11:00 a.m.



11:15 a.m.

The ABC’s of IEP’s: What primary care providers should know about special education

Mark Sander, PsyD, LP

11:45 a.m.



12:00 p.m.

Lock down drills and effects of gun violence on elementary kids

Abi Gewirtz, PhD, LP

12:30 p.m.



12:45 p.m.

Transition to Afternoon Q&A Sessions


Ask a Specialist Session

1:30 p.m.

Q&A Session Group A


2:00 p.m.

Q & A Session Group B


2:30 p.m.

Course concludes



Topic *Pre-recorded sessions



Gender diversity with school age children

Angela Kade Goepferd, MD, FAAP


The threat and trauma of family separation for immigrant children

Claudia Campo-Soria, MD


Vitamin “N”: The nurture of nature

Mollika Sajady, DO, MPH


Anti-Psychotics: Why and When is this Class Appropriate in Youth

Joshua Stein, MD


Is it really autism?

Rebecca Vaurio, PhD, LP


What’s that banging on my wall? Understanding oppositional behavior

Chris Boys, PhD, LP

Chris Boys, PhD. LP

Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Associate Professor Pediatrics; Director Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

Claudia Campo-Soria, MD 

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Children’s Minnesota

Abigail Gewirtz, PhD, LP 

Lindahl Leadership Professor, Director, Institute of Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health, University of Minnesota;

Angela Kade Goepferd, MD, FAAP    

Chief Education Officer, Children’s Minnesota

Kathryn F. Hecht, PhD, LP 

Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety Treatment Resources, Bloomington, MN

Ann S. Masten, PhD, LP

Regents Professor of Child Development, University of Minnesota

Michael Rich, MD, MPH - Keynote Speaker

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Adolescent Medicine Pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital; Pediatrician at the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital; Founder and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health

Mollika Sajady, DO, MPH

Pediatrician, Department of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Children’s Minnesota

Mark Sander, PsyD, LP

Senior Clinical Psychologist, Hennepin County; Director of School Mental Health, Hennepin Count and Minneapolis Public Schools; Visiting Scholar, Wilder Research

Joshua Stein, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Clinical Director, PrairieCare’s Medical Office Building; President, Minnesota Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Joel Spalding, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Medical Director Psychiatry, Children’s Minnesota

Rebecca Vaurio, PhD, LP

Behavioral Health and Neurosciences Institute, Children’s Minnesota

Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, Children’s Minnesota 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.

Children’s Minnesota takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific interest of its accredited continuing education events.

Credit Statement:


Children’s Minnesota designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent to their participation in the activity.


Children's Minnesota designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 7.75 ANCC nursing contact hour. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

(Pre-recorded sessions 3.0 credit hours and the morning is 4.75 credit hours)

Available Credit

  • 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 4.75 ANCC


Please login or register to take this course.

Registration includes the pre-recorded sessions which will be posted on May 1, 2021. You can access these prior to the course or after. If you are planning to attend the afternoon Ask a Specialist sessions, we highly suggest you view the pre-recorded sessions prior to the day of the conference. 

We will be recording the live day of sessions and posting these to the site following the close of the conference. Viewing for all sessions will be available for 90 days post course. 

Medical Students and Nursing Students, please enter the code STUDENT at checkout for reduced admission. Residents please enter the code RESIDENT at check out for a reduced admission. 

Children's Minnesota MNA RN's choosing to use contract dollars, please enter the code CONTRACT DOLLARS at checkout. If you do not cancel prior to 24 hours of the start of the course, you will be charged the full price of the conference. 

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Required Hardware/software

Computer access with speaker for the live webinar and recorded sessions.