Publication

Training the Future Child Health Care Workforce to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Children, Youth, and Families: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief


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Note: Proceedings contain the opinion of the presenters, but do NOT reflect the conclusions of the Health and Medicine Division or the National Academies. Learn more about the differences between Reports and Proceedings.

Childhood diagnoses of cognitive, affective, and behavioral disorders are increasing in both absolute numbers and as a proportion of the total childhood population in the United States, and they are imposing a large and growing burden on children, youth, and families.  However, the adoption of evidence-based interventions that have proven effective in preventing and treating behavioral health disorders in children has been slow. A contributing factor for this slow adoption may be that current training in many fields involving the behavioral health of children is falling short of meeting needs.
 
The newly released publication from the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health summarizes a workshop held in November 2016 on Training the Future Child Health Care Workforce to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Children, Youth, and Families, with a particular focus on levers for change for enhancing training, including curriculum and competency development, standard-setting bodies, and funding mechanisms. The proceedings also highlight the value of parent and family voices and the role of parents and peer support providers as members of the health care workforce.