Strategies for Treating Children & Families with Co-morbid Medical and Mental Health Conditions – Part 2

Presented by: Lauren Ford, Psy.D.

Wednesday, March 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. Building upon the introductory course, this workshop will focus on applying knowledge of common medical illness and their psychological sequelae to conceptualization, treatment planning, and intervention. Individual case studies will be presented and will allow the group to practice skills associated with integrating medical information into their treatment planning. Special emphasis will be placed on how to do this within the constraints of Department of Mental Health practice.


  1. Identify three strategies for incorporating a client’s medical illness into conceptualization and treatment planning
  2. Describe how nonadherence with a medical treatment plan can be conceptualized from a mental health perspective
  3. Name common mental health diagnostic categories that children with medical illnesses often fall into and how to assess for these symptoms in the presence of a medical illness.
  4. Name three specific pediatric interventions that can be used with a child with chronic illness and 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. 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.