Specialty Symposium: Pediatric Mental Health

Join us in Cleveland!

Our Pediatric Mental Health symposium will be hosted on Aug. 12, 2018, at The Westin Cleveland Downtown. 


Course Description

Presented by: Susan Van Cleve DNP, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP, Aaron Carpenter, DNP, MDiv, APRN and Jenna Birdsell, MS, CNS, CPNP

This symposium will focus on the assessment process for children and adolescents who have symptoms of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, mild anxiety or mild depression in primary care settings. The use of behavioral assessment tools as part of the evaluation will be reviewed and formulating an appropriate diagnosis and screening for co-existing conditions will be explored. Treatment options, including pharmacologic interventions and instruction for providing brief psychotherapeutic interventions in a primary care setting, will be included.

CE:  7.0 contact hours, 1.0 pharmacology hour, 1.0 psychopharmacology


Registration Fees: $175 for NAPNAP members, $125 for student members. Nonmembers can register for $225 and student nonmembers can register for $150. All rates will increase $20 after July 22, 2018, so register early to save. 


To register by mail/fax, download the registration form.


The symposium is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with breakfast provided.

  • 7-7:50 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 7:50-8 a.m. – Welcome of Attendees and Introduction of Speakers
  • 8-8:30 a.m. - The Role of the NP in the Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care
  • 8:30–9:15 a.m. - ADHD and differential diagnosis
  • ​9:15-9:45 a.m. - ADHD Medications
  • 9:45-10 a.m. – Break
  • 10-10:45 a.m. - Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. - Anxiety and Depression: Assessment and Treatment
  • 12:15–1:15 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:15–2:15 p.m. - PTSD in Children and Adolescents 
  • 2:15–3:15 p.m. - ​Self Harm and Suicidality 
  • 3:15-3:30 p.m. – Break
  • 3:30–4:30 p.m. - Self-Care and Preventing Burn-Out 

Book your hotel

NAPNAP is able to offer our participants discounted rates of $189+tax single/double occupancy at Holiday Inn Express & Suites located at 629 Euclid Avenue about 5 minutes from the Westin. Reserve at Holiday Inn Express now.


The Westin Cleveland Downtown will offer valet parking at $15 per day which represents a discount for NAPNAP event participants.

Getting to Cleveland

Delta Airlines extends a discount to conference participants traveling between Aug. 5 - 17, 2018, to Cleveland. Book online at Select Book your trip and on that page enter the meeting code NMRJ5 in the box provided to receive the discount. The discount code cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.

Getting Downtown

In addition to taxis and shuttles, you can get downtown from the airport with metro service from the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA). The cost is $2.50 and travel time is about 30 minutes. There are departures every 15 minutes from the lower level of the main terminal. To reach the station, take the elevators or escalators near the center of the ticketing and baggage claim levels. Service between CLE and downtown Cleveland via the Tower City Station.

If you are arriving by Amtrak, the rail station is located less than one mile from the hotel.

Things to Do

Nestled on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is Ohio's second-largest city, featuring a bustling downtown core with an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, museums, sporting arenas, and world-class hospitals. There is no shortage of wonderful things to do here. From catching a Browns or Indians game to attending a performance at Playhouse Square or jamming out at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there are activities in downtown Cleveland to suit every personality. 

The Destination Cleveland partners are offering specials to meetings and convention attendees to make your experience in Cleveland all the more enjoyable. To participate, show your conference badge to any of the partners listed at this link and receive their special offer.

Registration Policies

Refund Policy

We will refund your registration fees if we receive your cancellation in writing via mail, fax or email before Aug. 3, 2018. We cannot accept telephone cancellations. A $30 administrative fee will apply to all refunds.

Cancellation Policy

If NAPNAP finds it necessary to cancel this event for any reason including, but not limited to, registration responses, strikes or acts of God, liability shall be limited to a full refund of registration fees. Notification of a canceled event will be sent at least 10 days prior to the conference starting date, when possible. Registration refund will be processed within 15 days after event date.

American Disability Act

NAPNAP and The Westin Cleveland Downtown are committed to making this activity accessible to all individuals. The Westin Cleveland Downtown guest rooms, common areas and transportation services are in substantial compliance with applicable public accommodation obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need special assistance, auxiliary aid(s) or service(s) as identified under the ADA, or have a dietary restriction, please describe your needs during the registration process. Most requests can be accommodated if notification is received by Aug. 1, 2018.