On Demand Grand Rounds: We Should All Be Child Psychiatrists: A Call to Action for all Psychiatric Educators in Promoting Population Mental Health

This presentation was originally reviewed on July 26, 2023, and broadcast live online on July 26, 2023, from 12:oo PM – 1:00 PM ET. 

The views and opinions expressed by this presenter in this lecture are their own, and do not represent the views of Sheppard Pratt.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Spoken by Frederick Douglas in 1855 these words still ring true. And they hold great relevance to mental health professionals - even more so for those of us entrusted with training the psychiatric workforce. Against the setting of an acute on chronic youth mental health crisis and gaping youth mental health professional shortages, many child psychiatry fellowship slots go unfilled each year.  This is but one manifestation of the misalignment between academia and training as usual and what is needed to meet our society’s needs. While increasing needed and long overdue attention and resources are being allocated to addressing various interpersonal and structural ‘isms, adultism is an afterthought - if thought of at all. The absence of the youth voice, the paltry allocation of public dollars to children and families, and even our own psychiatric diagnostic criteria disadvantage children and adolescents. This disadvantage has practical implications for well-characterized social determinants of mental health such as poverty and food insecurity that disproportionately impact youth.

As we seek to better understand inequity and social determinants of population mental health, so too must we critically examine how adultism impacts diagnostic processes, mental health care delivery, psychiatric educational experiences, and ultimately professional trajectories. In the face of structural siloes and professional pulls for specialization, a reframe of child psychiatry is critical for preparing ourselves, and those we train, to more effectively promote mental health as well as treat mental illness. Stronger support of a robust CAP pipeline is but one aspect of the task as hand. This work calls for interdisciplinary culturally and structurally informed collaboration and advocacy, and it requires a developmental lens with a renewed focus on prevention.

This presentation will explore adultism’s micro and macro mental health impacts on health, illness, treatment, and training - and challenge the audience, those who identify as CAPs and perhaps even more importantly those who do not, to reconceptualize the work of child psychiatry.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, attendees will be able to:

  1. Define interpersonal and structural adultism and describe some of its manifestations.
  2. Explore the implications of adultism on the social determinants of mental health and population mental health.
  3. Challenge psychiatric educators, those who identify as CAPs and perhaps even more importantly those who do not, to reconceptualize the work of child psychiatry.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Category II credits for Social Workers
  • 1.00 Psychologists
  • 1.00 MNA Contact Hours for Nurses
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
08/30/2023
Course expires: 
08/27/2025

Sheppard Pratt’s Professional Education Program is pleased to provide Wednesdays at Sheppard Pratt free of charge as a public service to the mental health community.  Your tax-deductible donations will help maintain the outstanding quality of this service. 

Sheppard Pratt is dedicated to improving quality of life through mental health, special education, and addiction services for children, adolescents, adults and older adults.  Our patient-centered treatment approach, combined with our legacy of clinical excellence, sets us apart from other health systems on both a local and national level.  We have been ranked among the nation’s top psychiatric hospitals for 24 consecutive years by U. S. News & World Report.  Founded in 1853 by philanthropist Moses Sheppard, Sheppard Pratt Health System still abides by its Quaker traditions and values.

Sheppard Pratt regularly hosts renowned speakers from across the country at our headquarters in Towson. We provide educational opportunities on subjects including psychiatric disorders, issues of behavioral health, systems-based change, mental and somatic co-morbidities, psychiatric effects on health and health outcomes, advances in neurobiology, and clinical developments in concepts underlying drug treatment of psychiatric disorders. We are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education, the Maryland Nurses’ Association, the Maryland Board of Psychology, the Maryland Board of Social Work, and the National Board of Certified Counselors.

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About the speaker

Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson is a triple board-certified child & adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatrist. She received her Bachelor of Science from Florida A&M University and her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. There she was an inductee in the Chapman Humanism Honors Society and with Research Honors. She completed her general psychiatry training at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, followed by fellowships in both child & adolescent and forensic psychiatry at Emory School of Medicine.

After completing her post-graduate training, Dr. Vinson joined the faculty of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). She currently serves as Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Interim Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry. Dr. Vinson was the co-course creator for MSM’s medical student forensic psychiatry elective, which she continues to direct, and the initiator of the institution’s partnership with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Additionally, she serves as the Medical Advisor for the SAMHSA African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at MSM.  Dr. Vinson was the lead architect of and is the Program Director for the Child Psychiatry Fellowship, the first at an HBCU medical school. Dr. Vinson has been elected by her peers to President of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association.

Dr. Vinson is a national thought leader regarding the intersections of social justice, criminal justice and mental health. She is on the boards of the American Association of Community Psychiatry and of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. She serves as a Psychiatry Advisor for the Judges Psychiatry Leadership Initiative and was appointed to the National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness. She is the co-editor of two texts, Pediatric Mental Health for Primary Care Providers and Social (In)Justice and Mental Health.

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Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D., F.A.P.A,reports that she has no relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, during the past 24 months. She will not discuss any products, services, or off-label uses in this presentation.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Category II credits for Social Workers
  • 1.00 Psychologists
  • 1.00 MNA Contact Hours for Nurses
  • 1.00 Participation
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This presentation was originally reviewed on July 26, 2023, and broadcast live online on July 26, 2023, from 12:oo PM – 1:00 PM ET. 

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Grand Rounds: We Should All Be Child Psychiatrists: A Call to Action for all Psychiatric Educators in Promoting Population Mental Health

Sarah Y. Vinson, MD, FAPA

Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Pediatrics

Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Program Director, Child Psychiatry Fellowship

Morehouse School of Medicine

Atlanta, GA

Originally reviewed July 26, 2023.
Originally broadcast live July 26, 2023, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Enduring Activity Credit Expiration Date: August 27, 2025

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