Strategies for Treating Children & Families with Co-morbid Medical and Mental Health Conditions

Presented by: Mundi Attinasi, M.D. and Lauren Ford, Psy.D.

Wednesday, February 7. 2018
9:00am to 11:00am
(two contact hours)

The Guidance Center, 2nd Floor Training Room
1301 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813


Cost: Free




Children with comorbid medical and mental health concerns present for specialty mental health care with unique concerns. They often exhibit greater symptom severity and functional impairment which can in turn challenge how mental health providers implement interventions. Despite the clear connection between physical and mental health, mental health providers receive relatively little training in understanding and treating the relationship between physical and mental health, especially in the pediatric population. The purpose of this workshop is therefore to provide therapists with information and tools that they can use to treat clients and their families who present with both medical and mental health concerns.  This workshop will in particular address illnesses that have a large impact on mental health including, but not limited to: Diabetes, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Seizure disorders, chronic pain, and gastrointestinal disorders (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis).


  1. Name and briefly describe the most common pediatric illnesses that present in primary and acute healthcare environments
  2.  Identify two illnesses that disproportionately affect the population that presents at CMHCs
  3. Describe at least two ways in which pediatric illness can impact mental health symptom severity and functional impairment
  4. Identify three strategies for incorporating a client’s medical illness into conceptualization and treatment planning
  5. Describe the three systemic/relational patterns that are often seen in families with children who have medical illness, and how those relational patterns impact mental health symptoms


Licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers who want to develop the tools that they can use to treat clients and their families who present with both medical and mental health concerns. Unlicensed and trainees are also welcome to attend though program content will be at the postdoctoral/post-licensure level.


Dr. Mundi Attinasi received her medical degree from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.  She completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  She is currently a pediatric hospitalist at Miller Children and Women’s Hospital and a consultant in the integrated care team at The Guidance Center.


Dr. Lauren Ford is a pediatric psychologist who receive her degree from Pepperdine University, completed her clinical psychology doctoral internship and fellowship at The Guidance Center.  She is currently a pediatric psychologist serving Miller Children and Women’s Hospital pediatric inpatient units.  Dr. Ford also teaches at the University of Southern California.


For additional questions regarding this training, please contact the program administrator, Dawn Vo-Jutabha, Ph.D. at

Provider Approval

The Guidance Center is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Guidance Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) accepts programs offered by approved APA sponsors of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed clinical social workers.

Conflict of Interest

There is no commercial support for this CE program or instructor.  There are no known conflicts of interest.