Institute Goals and Overview

Institute Overview

AACAP’s Douglas B. Hansen, MD, 45th Annual Update Course introduces a new format and emphasis. Traditionally, the course has been a comprehensive review and update. In its online format, which will occur every other year, the course will focus on important and current topics with which child and adolescent psychiatrists should be familiar. The presenters will, as has been customary, blend important research as well as the information participants need to practice state of the art diagnosis and treatment.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing medical education activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify modern issues of practice, including quality and quantity of gaming and social media use in youth, as well as a nuanced and multifaceted approach to the assessment of gender in youth.

  2. Apply new knowledge of mood dysregulation and irritability to the treatment of typically developing youth and youth with autism spectrum disorder, while reviewing both established and updated best practices in the treatment of youth with severe mental illness, including those at heightened risk for bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders.

  3. Improve skill in working with youth who are at risk for violence towards self or others, including the early identification of risk and prevention of such violence.

  4. Advance knowledge of trauma in general child populations as well as child immigrant populations, with concrete steps for how providers can become involved in-patient care, forensic support, and advocacy.

  5. Gain highly practical skills in educating youth and families about the dangers of vaping using motivational interviewing.


Course Outline

Course Outline and Weekly Timeline for Participants of the Hansen Update Course
Self-Study Portion
Content available beginning March 30, 2020

Live Portion
Each Thursday @ 9:00 pm EST
Beginning April 2, 2020

Each week, participants:

  • Take the Pre-Test (6-10 questions)
  • Watch two 45-minute pre-recorded lectures from 2 different experts
    • Complete 3-5 self-assessment questions embedded in each presentation
  • Submit questions for Thursday’s question and answer webinar in advance
    • Submissions due by Wednesday evening prior to the webinar

Each week, participants:

  • Attend a 45-minute live Q&A webinar with the 2 weekly experts
  • If time available, attendees can ask questions during the webinar

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