Texas Rebuild: Psychosocial Aspects of Weight Management

October 7, 2021

Needs Statement

As many as 20 percent of children and adults have significant mental and behavioral health concerns at any given time. Exposure to a disaster like Hurricane Harvey and the trauma that comes with it often exacerbates pre-existing issues and/or brings new issues to the surface, with post-traumatic stress often presenting as “other” mental illnesses, including anxiety, ADHD, depression, school conduct issues or even physical illness. The result is a large and complex problem that must be addressed. During January of 2021, Texas Children's Hospital department of Psychology disseminated a Behavioral Health Integration Needs Assessment. Respondents reported having interests in filling knowledge deficiencies in Disruptive Behavior, ADHD, Developmental Delays (ASD, PDD), Academic and Learning Problems, Anxiety and Mood, Weight Management and Nutrition, amongst others.

This activity will discuss the role of medical personnel in understanding of the psychosocial aspects of healthy eating when addressing weight related concerns (over or underweight) in children and adolescents.  This activity seeks to educate providers regarding the psychoeducation on the types of questions, body language and tone to use when evaluating for psychosocial concerns and have the tools necessary to effectively evaluate a patient’s need for a higher level of care (such as a referral to a mental health provider). There will be time dedicated to answer questions related to Psychosocial Aspects of Weight Management.

Target Audience

This activity is for Pediatricians and primary care providers (family practitioners, NPs, PAs) who treat children and adolescents, RNs, LVNs, LPCs, Social Workers, and Administrative leaders.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the activity, the participants should be able to:

  • Identify the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Binge Eating Disorder in children and adolescents and how these symptoms are impacted by key individual, cultural, family, and/or environmental factors specific to the patient
  • Implement evidence-based assessment tools in clinic when there are concerns for disordered eating behaviors
  • Apply brief in-clinic interventions for families and patients to begin to address maladaptive eating behaviors
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/07/2021 - 12:30pm CDT
Event ends: 
10/07/2021 - 1:30pm CDT
Houston, TX
United States

Diane Antonvich, M.A., L.P.C. - Planning Committee
Clinical Program Coordinator
Psychology Service
Texas Children's Hospital

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose


Marni Axelrad, Ph.D., A.B.P.P - Activity Director
Pediatrics - Psychology
Baylor College of Medicine

Research Support: Rebuild Texas


Rachel Brock - Planning Committee
Practice Administrator
Texas Children's Hospital

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose


Timothy Brown, M.P.H., P.M.P - Planning Committee
Senior Project Manager
Pediatrics - Psychology
Baylor College of Medicine

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose


Elizabeth Franklin - Presenter
Clinical Psychologist within Division of Adolescent Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine 

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Attendance


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