Psychiatric Medications in Young Children - Lots of Questions and Some Answers
TTAC hosted a webinar on the use of psychopharmacology treatment within preschool mental health with presenter Rebecca Weis, MD. In this webinar, Dr. Weis covered the rationale for when medication may be considered for children under age 5 and provided some background on the most commonly used medications in this age group.
Preschool mental health is a topic of increasing interest for many people, and thankfully more young children who need mental health treatment are getting it. However, in a complex treatment landscape, understanding all the options can get complicated. While psychotherapy remains the mainstay of early childhood mental health treatment, there are instances when medication can be a crucial adjunct for a child to reach their best possible level of functioning. In this webinar, Dr. Weis covered the rationale for when medication may be considered for children under age 5 and provided some background on the most commonly used medications in this age group. We also covered the role that other treatment providers, educators, and related professionals can play in assuring that care is integrated across all providers to help the child most effectively.
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 29th, 2019, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Presenter: Rebecca Weis, M.D.
About the Presenter:
Rebecca Weis, M.D. is currently the Director and Chief of Service for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center. She had recently been working with ThriveNYC as the Medical Director and Consulting Psychiatrist in Early Childhood Mental Health for the Mental Health Service Corps. She currently maintains a faculty appointment at NYU as Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the NYU/Bellevue Public Psychiatry Fellowship. She also collaborates with the Women’s Mental Health team at Bellevue and provides psychiatric treatment to pregnant and parenting women and adolescents.
Dr. Weis completed Medical School at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 2000 and was inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society while there. She moved to New York to complete her adult psychiatric residency at NYU/Bellevue before training at New York Presbyterian’s Cornell and Columbia medical centers in child and adolescent psychiatry. She participates in teaching at the undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels in the Child Psychiatry and Public Psychiatry Fellowship programs. She is a member of various professional societies and work groups at the New York and national level including those focused specifically on early childhood mental health.