Supporting Teens with Anxiety

The US Preventative Service Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care providers (PCPs) screen all children aged 8 to 18 for anxiety disorders.

In response to this recommendation, The REACH Institute and Anxiety and Depression Association of America partnered to create a FREE brochure for PCPs to share with caregivers of anxious children and teens.

The brochure provides helpful information about:

  • Key signs of possible anxiety disorders
  • How to determine if a child’s anxiety is typical or not
  • Treatment options for anxious youth
Anxiety Tools
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REACH's Impact on Children's Mental Health

REACH Featured on Scripps News

There is a shortage of children's mental health professionals in the U.S. This story underscores the impact REACH’s evidence-based mental health training has on primary care providers and ensures their patients receive the support they need.

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REACH at ADAA's 2023 Annual Conference

In April, REACH presented a poster titled: "Teaching pediatric primary care providers CBT for anxiety skills; a novel approach to expanding access to evidence-based treatment", at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America's annual conference in Washington D.C. 

Want to know more? Read about REACH's virtual one-day course: CBT for Anxiety in Pediatric Primary Care. Limited seats are available for June 23.

Scholarship Applications: Round Two Opens May 8th

Applications for the second round of 2023 REACH Scholarships open May 8th, so mark your calendars and save this link!

Scholarships enable more pediatric primary care providers serving low-income communities to participate in the REACH course Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care. Spread the word!

REACH in the News

  • REACH founder and board chair, Peter Jensen, M.D., and REACH faculty member, Liz Wallis, M.D., contributed to this devastating and detailed article on the state of adolescent girls, Teen Girls Are Faring Worse Than Boys on Nearly All Mental Health Measures—Here’s Why, in JAMA.
  • Read this article in Employee Benefit News to learn more about why REACH CEO, Lisa Hunter Romanelli, Ph.D., and REACH faculty member Dr. Abdul-Haqq believe primary care providers need children's mental health training now more than ever. 
  • The Virginia Mental Health Access Program (VMAP) is working with 18 philanthropic foundations from throughout Virginia to provide funding for expanded REACH behavioral health training for primary care providers treating children, adolescents, and young adults across the state.
  • Dr. Abdul-Haqq recently spoke to SiriusXM on the podcast, About Our Kids, about taking an ADHD Medication Vacation.
  • features an article where the author, Hilary Bowers, M.D., part of the second-largest pediatric group in the country, explains why she sends all new recruits through The REACH Institute within the first 6 months of their employment: Changing the pediatric care landscape.

PPP Training Dates in 2023: Online and In-Person

If you or someone you know could benefit from a comprehensive course on children's mental health in a pediatric primary care setting, sign up to save a seat.

July 28-30


EDT Schedule

Sept. 29-Oct. 1


Houston, TX

Nov 3-5


EDT Schedule

Register now! 

Other Upcoming Trainings

Register for these in-depth, one-day courses that cover Addressing Trauma in Pediatric Primary Care on May 12 and CBT for Anxiety in Pediatric Primary Care on June 23. For a complete list of all REACH courses, see Upcoming Events.

Mental Health Awareness Month is Almost Here

Lisa Hunter Romanelli, PhD

CEO, The REACH Institute

As we approach Mental Health Awareness Month in May, we can't help but think of the millions of children who are not receiving the care they need because of the ongoing youth mental health crisis.

Together with our supporters, staff, trainers, and training participants, REACH is addressing this crisis by expanding the child mental health workforce through our evidence-based training programs for primary care providers.  

During Mental Health Awareness Month we will be sharing extra resources for providers and caregivers. So, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

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