Advanced Practice Nursing Syllabus for Student Electives at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health


Learning Objectives:


Experience the role of medical professionals in the mental health care delivery system for children and youth and interface with other service delivery systems (schools, primary care medical homes, social services, juvenile justice) supporting children and families.


Demonstrate familiarity with the clinical presentation, assessment and treatment of the most commonly seen mental health conditions in children and teens.


Enhance the student’s ability to interact and communicate effectively with children and teens impacted by mental illness in medical settings.


Suggested Reading (provided):


MTA Cooperative Group. A 14-month randomized clinical trial of treatment strategies for attention-deficit/Hyperactivity disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry 1999;56:1073.


Long-term effects of childhood abuse on brain and neurobiology. Bremner JD. Child Adolesc Psychiatric Clin N Am 12(2003): 271–292.


The Treatment for Adolescents with Depression (TADS) Study: Methods and Message at 12 Weeks. March J, Silva S, Vitiello B. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2006;45(12): 1393-1403.


Clinical Response and Risk for Reported Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts in Pediatric Antidepressant Treatment: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Bridge JA, Iyengar S, Salary CB et al. JAMA.  2007;297(15):1683-1696.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sertraline or a Combination in Children with Anxiety. Walkup JT, Albano AM, Piacentini J et al. N Engl J Med 2008;359: 2753-2766.


Severe Mood Dysregulation, Irritability and the Diagnostic Boundaries of Bipolar Disorder in Youths. Leibenluft E. Am J Psychiatry 2011;168(2):129-142.


Video Resources:


Video: Dr. Russell Barkley @ UC Davis Grand Rounds…ADHD and Executive Functioning


AACAP Practice Parameters:






Anxiety Disorders


Autism Spectrum Disorders


Bipolar Disorder




Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Psychiatric Assessment


Psychotropic Medication


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder