NATCON Behavioral Health Presentation

ASPIRE created an electronic poster for the National Council for Behavioral Health (NATCON) conference. The poster is really a mini-website with a comprehensive overview of PANS/PANDAS including important information on Behavioral Health.  The ASPIRE e-poster for NATCON is available to the public to view. The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s mental health and addictions service and treatment organizations. The NATCON conference is the largest behavioral health conference in health care.

PANS/PANDAS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) – Is a syndrome seen in children often misdiagnosed as a primary psychiatric problem and therefore mistreated. Across the US, hundreds of children develop PANS/PANDAS and are referred to mental health clinics or psychiatrists. However, mental health treatment alone cannot help reverse the devastating effects of this extremely debilitating syndrome. The poster will describe the syndrome as seen in Mental Health clinics and schools. Diagnostic and treatment options will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define PANS and PANDAS
  • Participants will recognize the symptoms associated with PANS/PANDAS in their behavioral health practices
  • Participants will be able to identify the appropriate interventions for children identified with PANS/PANDAS
  • Participants will learn to help caregivers navigate the very complex system of care to identify and access the combination of services, behavioral, and medical that can best help their children.

 

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