THIS LECTURE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY.
Join Sarah Y. Vinson, MD, FAPA, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics; Interim Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), for this free Grand Rounds lecture!
As we seek to better understand inequity and social determinants of mental health, we must also critically examine how adultism—discrimination against young people—impacts diagnostic processes, the delivery of mental healthcare, psychiatric educational experiences, and ultimately, professional trajectories. Despite the chronic youth mental health crisis across the country, many child psychiatry fellowship slots go unfilled each year.
The psychiatric profession is often siloed by specialization. A reframe of child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) is critical to create a behavioral health workforce that can more effectively promote mental health and treat mental illness in young people. A robust CAP pipeline is key, but this work also calls for interdisciplinary and culturally-informed collaboration and advocacy, as well as a developmental lens focused on prevention.
In this lecture, we will discuss adultism’s micro and macro impacts on mental health, mental illness, treatment, and training, and we will and challenge all who attend to reconceptualize the work of child psychiatry.
After attending this lecture, participants will be able to:
- Define interpersonal and structural adultism and describe some of its manifestations.
- Explore the implications of adultism on the social determinants of mental health and population mental health.
- Challenge psychiatric educators, those who identify as CAPs and perhaps even more importantly those who do not, to reconceptualize the work of child psychiatry.
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