Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health: An Upstream Approach to Support the Mental Health and Wellness of Youth

Session Information

Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health Guide © takes an upstream approach to support the mental health and wellness of youth. It is data-driven and evidence-informed. The guide seeks to introduce mental health and wellness, and how to care for one’s mental health in a nonthreatening way that encourages the self-identification of warning signs and when to apply the use of internal and external healthy coping strategies to help reduce risk. It introduces the characteristics of trusted adults, who may be one, how to practice talking with a trusted adult, and promotes proactive communication. It gives youth the opportunity to create a personal mental health plan (of action) that they can use daily, and in a time of need that can help them avert crisis.

The guide’s message is child-friendly and is presented by Gizmo, a 3.5 Miki dog who lives in Manchester, CT. He is a K-9 First Responder and Therapy Dog who is the mascot for the Connecticut Suicide Prevention Campaign: 1 Word, 1 Voice, 1 Life…Be the One to Start the Conversation. Visit their website at Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board. This will be a thirty minute overview of the program, enrollment, how to use it, along with a fifteen minute Q&A.

Target Audience

This conference is appropriate for the following audiences:

  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)
  • Physician Assistants
  • Medical Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Registered Dental Hygienists
  • School Nurses

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the background of the program and reasons for its development
  2. Summarize the evidence based practices and data related to the project
  3. Identify ways that this project can be used in both medical and mental health practices and the different levels of participation
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AAPA Category I CME
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Academy of PAs (AAPA) credit to physician assistants at its activities. Participants should only claim commensurate credit with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 0.75 ACE/ASWB
    Through Joint Accreditation Community Health, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) credit to social workers at its activities.
  • 0.75 ACPE
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists at its activities.
  • 0.75 ADA CERP
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • 0.75 ANCC
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
  • 0.75 APA
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists at its activities.
  • 0.75 CDR
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide CDR credits to registered dieticians at its activities.
  • 0.75 Participation Hour(s)
Activity opens: 
09/13/2022
Activity expires: 
12/31/2022

Schedule

The CASBHC 2022 Annual Conference: School Based Health Centers - Caring for the Whole Child will take place on November 8, 2022.

The following is a detailed schedule for the day:

8:00 am – 8:45 am: Registration, Networking, and Breakfast

8:45 am – 9:00 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks, Melanie Wilde-Lane, Executive Director

9:00 am – 10:15 am: Keynote: Defining Special Needs: From Nonspeaking to Professional Speaker, Dr. Kerry Magro

10:15 am – 10:45 am: Break and Exhibitors

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Morning Workshops

  • Session A1: Care for refugee and immigrant children: opportunities for medical care, legal advocacy, and community connections, Dr. Julia Rosenberg
  • Session A2: Quality Suicide Prevention and Care for School Based Health Settings: Zero Suicide framework in Schools, Andrea Duarte, LCSW, MPH and Julia Goldstein Grumet PhD
  • Session A3: Feel Your Best Self: A New Toolkit, Dr. Sandra Chafouleas and Dr. Emily Lovino
  • Session A4: Caries Risk Assessment Review and Training: The “Who, What, When and Where” of the Program, Leigh-Lynn Vitukinas, RDH
  • Session A5: The Language of Violence: A Call for Safety, Polly Marson, PhD

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch, Exhibitors

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm: Acknowledgements

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm: Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health: an upstream approach to support the mental health and wellness of youth, Andrea Duarte: Gizmo 4 Mental Health

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm: Break and Exhibitors

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Workshops

  • Session B1: Newest Innovations in Diabetes Technology: Navigating the Use of Insulin Pumps, Continuous Glucose Monitors and Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) Systems, Kate Weyman MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CDCES
  • Session B2: Misdiagnoses and Red Flags: How to approach clients from a problem-solving perspective, Dr. Alexandra Gozzola
  • Session B3: Preparing for Emerging Infections in School, Dr. Thomas Murray
  • Session B4: Every Smile Counts Survey for Children, Chantelle Archer, MPH and Lisa Budris MS, MPH
  • Session B5: Dear Cis Het Clinicians…, Cody Helgesen, LPCA, NCC

3:00 pm: Conference Closes/Pick up Raffle Prizes

Faculty

Andrea Duarte, LCSW, MPH is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Public Health Professional who received her Masters Degrees from the University of Connecticut and has over 25 years of experience in substance abuse and suicide prevention, and mental health promotion. Ms. Duarte is a Behavioral Health Program Manager in the Prevention and Health Promotion Division of the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Office of the Commissioner. She oversees federal and statewide initiatives and contracts, is the Suicide Prevention Project Director, and Employee Assistance Program Liaison. Ms. Duarte chairs and participates in multiple statewide committees, is a founding member of the CT Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a developer of the Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health© and Elementary Curriculum, co-leads CT’s 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline services, and has served as the Co-Chair of the CT Suicide Advisory Board since January 2012. 

Weitzman Institute Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of the Weitzman Institute to ensure that Continuing Education (CE) activities are independent and free of commercial bias. To ensure educational content is objective, balanced, and guarantee content presented is in the best interest of its learners' and the public, the Weitzman Institute requires that everyone in a position to control educational content disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. An ineligible company is one whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Examples can be found at accme.org.

Faculty participating in a Weitzman Institute-sponsored activity must disclose to the planning committee and audience all financial or other relationship(s) with ineligible companies.

Faculty Disclosures

No faculty disclosed a relevant financial relationship for this program.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.   

Designation Statement

Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

By completing this activity you provide the Weitzman Institute permission to share completion data with the ACCME and the certifying board(s).

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Available Credit

  • 0.75 AAPA Category I CME
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Academy of PAs (AAPA) credit to physician assistants at its activities. Participants should only claim commensurate credit with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 0.75 ACE/ASWB
    Through Joint Accreditation Community Health, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) credit to social workers at its activities.
  • 0.75 ACPE
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists at its activities.
  • 0.75 ADA CERP
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • 0.75 ANCC
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
  • 0.75 APA
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists at its activities.
  • 0.75 CDR
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide CDR credits to registered dieticians at its activities.
  • 0.75 Participation Hour(s)
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