Register soon for the Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health Symposium

The Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health Symposium will provide insight into key issues and challenges affecting children of Kentucky. These include the opioid crisis, pediatric suicidality, human trafficking and exposure to violence.

Topics covered at the symposium include:

  • Recommended screenings for suicidal ideation in elementary school-age children
  • Treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder and resources available to families
  • Treatment strategies for depression in children and adolescents
  • The warning signs for human trafficking that present during a pediatric visit
  • The impact of the opioid crisis on Kentucky kids
  • The importance of screening for toxic exposures and traumatic events in children and adolescents

Registration Fees

Physicians and other health care providers: $65

Residents, fellows and students: $15

Retired clinicians: $15

Registration and Deadline

To register, call (502) 629-1234, option 4, or visit Early registration is encouraged. Walk-in registrations cannot be guaranteed.

The registration deadline is Nov. 18, 2019. Refunds are not available after this date. If you must cancel, contact the Norton Healthcare Center for Continuing Medical Education at (502) 446-5955 or

Location and Parking

This symposium will take place at the University of Louisville Event and Conference Center located on the University of Louisville’s ShelbyHurst Campus in the Founders Union Building at 450 N. Whittington Parkway. Free parking is available.

Program Agenda

7:30 a.m.     Registration, breakfast and visit with exhibitors

8:15 a.m.         Welcome and opening remarks

8:30 a.m.         Impact of the Opioid Crisis on Children of Kentucky

Allen J. Brenzel, M.D., MBA

9:15 a.m.         Human Trafficking in Kentucky

Carrie Bohnert, MPA, CHSE; Emily T. Neal, BSN, R.N., SANE

10:15 a.m.       Break, exhibits

10:35 a.m.       Youth Suicide Prevention: Everybody’s Business

Hatim A. Omar, M.D., FAAP

11:15 a.m.       Keynote address: Recognizing and Treating PTSD in the Pediatric Patient

Brooks R. Keeshin, M.D.

Child Abuse Pediatrician and Child Psychiatrist

Clinician Researcher

Division of Child Protection and Family Health

University of Utah

Safe and Healthy Families at Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah

12:15 p.m.       Questions and answers

12:20 p.m.       Lunch, visit with exhibitors

1:10 p.m.         Concurrent sessions

Session 1: Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Treatments and Resources

Allen J. Brenzel, M.D., MBA; Jennifer Hancock, LCSW; Katherine Marks, Ph.D.

Session 2: Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know

Carrie Bohnert, MPA, CHSE; Emily T. Neal, BSN, R.N., SANE

Session 3: Pediatric Suicidality: What Can You Do?

Hatim A. Omar, M.D., FAAP; Prichard Committee Student Voice Team

Session 4: Exposure to Violence and other Traumatic Events

Brooks R. Keeshin, M.D.

2:30 p.m.         Break, visit with exhibitors

2:50 p.m.         Repeat of concurrent sessions

4:10 p.m.         Closing remarks

4:15 p.m.         Adjournment

Continuing Education Credits


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Norton Healthcare and the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics. Norton Healthcare is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: Norton Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABP MOC Credits

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity and individual assessment of and feedback to the learner, enables the learner to earn 6.0 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to the ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

House Bill 1 credits

The eighth annual Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health Symposium has been approved for 2.25 HB1 credit hours by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. ID # 0819-H2.25-NHC3c

House Bill 1 Credit will be distributed accordingly:

1.00 HB1 credit hours: “Impact of the Opioid Crisis on Children of Kentucky”

1.25 HB1 credit hours: “Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Treatments and Resources”

For questions related to physician credit, contact the Norton Healthcare Center for Continuing Medical Education at (502) 446-5955 or


Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Approved Provider: Norton Healthcare, provider number 4-002-12-20-072. The program has been approved by Norton Healthcare for 7.2 contact hours which expires 12/31/2020. KBN approval of a continuing education providers does not constitute endorsement of program content. Nursing participants must attend for a minimum of one hour to receive credit and attest to the number of hours of attendance. To receive a nursing certificate the evaluation must be completed.

For more information related to nursing credits, contact Sally Sturgeon, DNP, R.N., SANE-A, AFN-BC, at (502) 446-5889 or

Social workers

This activity will provide 6.0 hours of continuing education units (CEU). Norton Healthcare is an approved provider for social worker credits through the National Association of Social Workers, Kentucky chapter, (NASW-KY). Approval: NASWKY #031219.

For information about social worker credits, contact Jean Vaughn, LCSW, at


An application has been submitted to the Kentucky State Board of Psychology for psychology credit.

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