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Black Youth Mental Health Clinical Case Conference Series at Yale Child Study Center

Session 1 of 6

Session Details & Continuing Education Credits

Dr. Amanda Calhoun will present at this first of six case conferences, with expert discussants Dr. Howard Stevenson, Dr. Carolyn Roberts, and Dr. Terrell Holloway. This in-person session will be interactive and attendees will be encouraged to engage in a round-table discussion. Registration is required.

The series has been approved for eligibility for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. Yale School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Individual event designation details are provided at applicable live events.

The first three sessions in the series have been approved for two cultural competence CEUs. This program has been approved for continuing education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT LMSWs, LMFTS, LPC and licensed psychologists. Additional information and instructions for obtaining CEUs will be provided at the event.


America is in the midst of a Youth Mental Health Crisis, but Black youth have been in crisis for over 20 years. Black youth suicide rates are rising faster than any other racial/ethnic group, Black children are the most likely to be physically restrained in emergency departments, and Black youth are more likely to be diagnosed with disruptive mood disorders than white children with comparable symptomatology. A mounting number of studies document the adverse mental health effects of anti-Black racism on Black children, even before birth. The stress of anti-Black racism experienced by Black mothers, including experiencing inferior care by healthcare providers, has been linked to low birthweight babies, putting Black infants at greater risk for developing depression and other mental health disorders. There is a clear lack of awareness, education, and accountability for the devastating lapses in care that Black children and families can receive in the healthcare system, which undoubtedly affect their mental and physical wellbeing. There is an urgent need for dynamic, expert-led conversations to generate ideas and transform mental healthcare for Black youth and families.

Series Details

The Yale Child Study Center is pleased to host its inaugural Black Youth Mental Health Clinical Case Conference Series, directed by Dr. Amanda J. Calhoun, MD, MPH, Chief Resident & Child Psychiatry Fellow, under the advisement of Dr. Mark Beitel, PhD, Research Scientist. The series is endorsed by Dr. Linda Mayes, MD, Department Chair; Tara Davila, LCSW, YCSC Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; and Dr. Darin Latimore, Deputy Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Yale School of Medicine.

Six mental health clinical case conferences will be held from January through June 2024. Local participants are strongly encouraged to attend in person, though a virtual option will be made available if needed, and for those joining from a distance. Invited expert discussants, from within Yale and beyond, will weigh in on complex clinical cases involving Black youth presented by Yale Child Study Center trainees. Learn more.

Dinner will be provided and registration is required for each case conference. There is no requirement to attend all sessions; participants can register for the sessions individually.

The Black Youth Mental Health Clinical Case Conference Series at the Yale Child Study Center is supported by funding from the Yale Child Study Center Viola W. Bernard Social Justice and Health Equity Fellowship, the Yale School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and the AMA – SHLI Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship Program.




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