Pediatric Anxiety and Depression through the Waves of COVID-19: Managing the Ripple Effects

1.25 NAPNAP contact hour, of which 0.5 is Pharmacology and 0.5 Psychopharmacology. This continuing education activity is offered at a reduced rate to NAPNAP Members. This continuing education activity rate is $12.5 for NAPNAP Members. For non- members, this continuing education activity rate is $25.

This session will focus on the increased prevalence of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents in our post-COVID society. The lack of available child psychology and psychiatry services has increased the role of pediatric-focused NPs in providing evidence-based treatment of young patients with these diagnoses throughout the pandemic. Using case-based scenarios and interactive technology, participants will discuss factors impacting symptom presentation and review pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment strategies. Innovative, COVID-friendly mental health resources and coping strategies for children, adolescents and their families will be presented.

Introduction: This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post test will be awarded 1.25 NAPNAP contact hour, of which 0.5 is Pharmacology and 0.5 Psychopharmacology.

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Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the prevalence and etiology of increased post-COVID anxiety and depression symptoms in children and adolescents. 
  • Verbalize diagnostic criteria and pharma-cologic/non-pharmacologic treatment strategies for anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.
  • Evaluate evidence-based management of pediatric depression and anxiety through case-based scenarios.
Course summary
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Beth A. Heuer, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC, PMHS and Jennifer Keller, DNP, CPNP, PMHS

Dr. Beth Heuer is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner who recently worked as the Inpatient Consult Service Coordinator for the Mitochondrial Medicine Frontier Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and has extensive experience in neurology and developmental behavioral pediatrics. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Pittsburgh and her DNP at Robert Morris University. She has 34 years of pediatric nursing experience, and has been a PNP for over 19 years. She has given presentations on behavioral health issues locally, at national NAPNAP conferences, and at the 2019 SDBP conference. She is the current NAPNAP executive board secretary, and is a past president of the Three Rivers Chapter of NAPNAP, and former chairperson for NAPNAP’s Professional Issues Committee.

Jennifer Keller is a nurse practitioner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the primary care network. She received her MSN at Gwynedd-Mercy University and completed her DNP at Chamberlain University. She is certified as a Primary Mental Health Specialist through the PNCB and successfully integrated a mental health care delivery model into her practice setting to assess, diagnose, treat and manage adolescent depression and anxiety. She is on the Behavioral Health Education Committee of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to train primary care providers, offer mental health education and develop workflows to integrate this element of pediatric and adolescent health care into the primary care setting. She also lectures at surrounding universities and conferences about adolescent depression and anxiety, psychopharmacology management and integrative mental health care delivery models.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 Contact hours


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