The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ Developmental Behavioral and Mental Health special interest group was established to provide a networking opportunity for PNPs working in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, and those in primary care who have a strong interest in the developmental, behavioral and mental health needs of young children, school-age children, adolescents and their families. The focus is on prevention, early recognition, treatment and referral of these needs. The SIG provides a forum to discuss and share appropriate screening tools, achieve consensus regarding anticipatory guidance based on developmental theory and evidence-based research, discuss the significance of child development, family and environmental influences on the child and share related continuing education and research opportunities.
- Please visit the Journal of Pediatric Health Care to search for articles on this topic.
- Resources are also available on the SIG’s microsite.
- Read our position statement on the Integration of Mental Health Care in Pediatric Primary Care Settings.
- Tween Brochure – Created in collaboration with the California: Los Angeles Chapter, this brochure breaks down the physical, mental and emotional development of a tweenager and what parents can do. Also available in Spanish, Mandarin and Vietnamese.
- Please visit NAPNAP’s award webpage to view all awards our SIG offers.