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Glickman Center hosts 1st annual pediatric mental health symposium

(September 1, 2008 )--Pediatric professionals from across northern New England will gather in South Portland next month to learn about cutting-edge research and evidence-based interventions in the treatment of young people with mental health concerns.

Sponsored by The Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Spring Harbor Hospital and Maine Medical Center, the first annual symposium will take place Friday, October 3, at the Wyndham Portland Airport Hotel.

Titled, “Better Outcomes by Building a Toolkit of Evidence-Based Practices,” the full-day program will highlight current principles in the evaluation and treatment of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders,  innovative interventions practiced in Maine, and practical guidelines for implementing evidence-based practice in clinical treatment settings.

"Autism now affects 1 in 150 children in the US, and youth suicide exacts an enormous toll on families nationwide," explains Glickman Family Center Medical Chair Douglas Robbins, MD. "This program will equip professionals with evidence-based tools and practical tips to effectively diagnose and treat youth so they and their families can lead the most productive and fulfilling lives possible."

Keynoting will be John D. Hamilton, MD, of California, a Kaiser-Permanente senior psychiatrist and researcher, and a prolific author on implementing evidence-based approaches in treating youth with psychiatric illnesses. A Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Dr. Hamilton’s address will offer practical advice for harnessing evidence-based interventions to achieve optimal treatment outcomes in youth who experience mental illnesses.

Portland-based international psychiatric researcher William McFarlane, MD, of The Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, will be on hand to discuss his groundbreaking research in the early identification and treatment of psychotic disorders in youth. Dr. McFarlane's research is the subject of a $14 million national replication study funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) protocol aims to prevent serious psychotic illness in young people experiencing prodromal symptoms of schizophrenia. 

Other topics to be discussed at the symposium include: effective diagnosis and treatment of mental health concerns in the primary care setting; early assessment and treatment of autism-spectrum disorders; intervention in youth with severe mood disorders; and functional family therapy.

A panel discussion featuring several of Maine's evidence-based child psychiatry projects also is planned. Panelists include Andy Cook, MD, of the State Department of Health and Human Services, and Matt Siegel, MD, of Spring Harbor Hospital's Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Autism Treatment Program. 

Continuing education credits will be provided to attendees.

The symposium is made possible by the generosity of Spring Harbor Hospital donors Judy and Al Glickman of Cape Elizabeth. This year's program is additionally supported by the Maine Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

For more information, or to register for the program, please call Spring Harbor Hospital at 207-761-2239 or visit

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