• Course Detail

    In an increasingly hectic world, young people are encountering common yet complex mental health issues as they navigate their early years, and are unprepared to effectively deal with them. Issues related to gender identity, trauma, neurodiversity, and suicidality are now more openly discussed among youth and also more frequently grappled with at a younger age. Many clinicians are similarly unprepared for or unaware of these issues in the lives of their patients, so they are often not addressed until a child's mental health is significantly affected or rises to a crisis level.

    Join us for a new 5-week series that will discuss how clinicians can spot warning signs in their patients and take effective preventive action. Faculty will provide clear and practical steps to advance your practice in these areas. Gain confidence and skills to identify early markers of common complex mental health issues; intervene early to prevent progression into more urgent scenarios; and keep youth engaged in mental health care as they transition to young adulthood. All general practitioners and specialists who treat youth are welcome.

    Who Should Attend

    • Specialty Physicians
    • Psychologists
    • Physician Assistants
    • Nurses
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Primary Care Physicians
    • Social Workers
    • Counselors
    • Marriage/Family Therapists
    • Other

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

    • Review the epidemiology and key features of complex mental health issues that commonly arise in youth, including neurodevelopmental challenges, gender identity, aging into late adolescence/young adulthood, trauma, involvement in the justice system, and suicidality.
    • Identify methods to effectively assess young patients for early markers of these issues during routine clinical visits.
    • Utilize strategies to address and prevent progression of the issues at an earlier stage of their development.
    • Identify related resources that patients and the care team can access.
    • Discuss how members of the care team can better communicate and coordinate their efforts in these areas.

    ABMS/ACGME Competencies

    This course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
    • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
    • Medical Knowledge

    IOM Competencies

    This course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine Core Competencies:

    • Provide Patient-Centered Care
    • Work in Interdisciplinary Teams
    • Employ Evidence-Based Practice


    Please contact the Continuing Education Programs with any questions by email at ceprograms@hms.harvard.edu.

  • Agenda

    All agenda sessions are in Eastern Time.

    Thursday, March 28, 2024

    12:00- 12:50 PM
    Meeting the Challenge of Neurodiversity
    Margaret Weiss, MD, PhD

    12:50-1:30 PM
    Discussion / Q&A
    Sharmila Mehta, PhD; Azeesat Babajide, MD, MBA; Margaret Weiss, MD, PhD

    Thursday, April 4, 2024

    12:00- 12:50 PM
    Navigating Gender Identity
    John McKenna, PhD

    12:50-1:30 PM
    Discussion / Q&A
    Sharmila Mehta, PhD; Azeesat Babajide, MD, MBA; John McKenna, PhD

    Thursday, April 11, 2024

    12:00- 12:50 PM
    Trauma and Youth in the Justice System
    Artha Gillis, MD, PhD

    12:50-1:30 PM
    Discussion / Q&A
    Sharmila Mehta, PhD; Azeesat Babajide, MD, MBA; Artha Gillis, MD, PhD

    Thursday, April 18, 2024

    12:00- 12:50 PM
    Suicide Prevention
    Nicholas Carson, MD

    12:50-1:30 PM
    Discussion / Q&A
    Sharmila Mehta, PhD; Azeesat Babajide, MD, MBA; Nicholas Carson, MD

    Thursday, April 25, 2024

    12:00- 12:50 PM
    Strategies to Engage Transitional Age Youth in Mental Health Care
    Michelle Munson, LMSW, PhD

    12:50-1:30 PM
    Discussion / Q&A
    Sharmila Mehta, PhD; Azeesat Babajide, MD, MBA; Michelle Munson, LMSW, PhD

  • Faculty
    Nicholas Carson, MD

    Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Clinical Research Associate, Health Equity Research Lab, Cambridge Health Alliance/Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Artha Gillis, MD, PhD

    Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
    Board of Advisors Term Chair in Hospital Psychiatry, UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital

    John McKenna, PhD

    Attending Psychologist, Gender Multispecialty Service, Boston Children's Hospital
    Instructor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Michelle Munson, LMSW, PhD

    Professor, Silver School of Social Work, New York University

    Margaret Weiss, MD, PhD

    Director of the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Course Directors

    Harvard Medical School Continuing Education attracts the best and brightest faculty from all around the world. As a student in this course, you’ll have access to outstanding course directors and faculty.

    Azeesat Babajide, MD, MBA

    Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Sharmila Mehta, PhD

    Clinical Director, Inpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Services, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Karen Kuc, MPH

    Director, Continuing Education in Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance​​​
    Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

  • CE Information

    In support of improving patient care, Harvard Medical School 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.


    The Harvard Medical School designates this live virtual activity for a maximum of 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


    The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 7.50 continuing education credits.

    Social Workers

    This program has been approved for a total of 7.50 Social Work Continuing Education hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approval Program Authorization Number D92382. NY Social Workers: The Division of Continuing Education in Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an Approved Provider #0038 of continuing education for licensed social workers. 7.50 contact hours have been approved.


    The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5444. This program meets the requirements for 7.50 continuing education hours. CHA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This offering is also applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health accreditation for 7.50 credits.

    Family Therapists

    This activity has been certified by New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education, Certificate #PC-042204, for a total of 7.5 contact hours. The States of CT and RI accept NBCC and NASW approval for marriage and family therapy.

    Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses

    For the purpose of recertification, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and the American Nurses Credentialing Center accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.

    Canadian Accreditation

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

    European Accreditation

    The American Medical Association (AMA) has an agreement of mutual recognition of continuing medical education (CME) credit with the European Union of Medical Specialties (UEMS). Additional information regarding this agreement may be found here.

    Disclosure Policy

    In accord with the disclosure policy of the Medical School as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), course planners, speakers, and content reviewers have been asked to disclose any relationships they have to companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. In addition, faculty have been asked to list any off-label uses of pharmaceuticals and/or devices for investigational or non-FDA approved purposes that they plan to discuss.


    CME activities accredited by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgement before making clinical decisions of any kind.

    Note: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is calculated based on submission of a preliminary agenda and may be subject to change.

  • Fees

    Tuition for Treating Complex Mental Health Issues in Youth is listed below. You may register through our secure online environment and will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your payment.

    Prices include CME credit and electronic syllabus.

    At the end of the registration process, a $10 non-refundable processing fee will be added to your registration. Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be made in our secure online system or by email. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee.

    Course Tuition

    Physician (MD/DO)
    $250 / ($225 if Registered By February 28, 2024)

    $195 / ($175 if Registered By February 28, 2024)

    Nurse (RN/APRN)
    $195 / ($175 if Registered By February 28, 2024)

    Social Worker
    $195 / ($175 if Registered By February 28, 2024)

    Physician Assistant
    $195 / ($175 if Registered By February 28, 2024)

    $195 / ($175 if Registered By February 28, 2024)

    Allied Health Professional / Other
    $195 / ($175 if Registered By February 28, 2024)

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