Behaviorally Effective Healthcare in Pediatrics

“As convenient care clinics see more and more of the simple problems we are seeing in our offices, the population of patients we see is becoming increasingly more complicated, and many of these children have undiagnosed behavioral health issues.”

- Michelle D. Fiscus, MD, FAAP

Behaviorally Effective Healthcare in Pediatrics (BEHIP) Online Modules

To attend BEHIP's Online Modules, click on the link above. You will be taken to Vanderbilt's CME webiste, where you will need to set up a profile (click on the blue box in the middle of the page) or can log in (top right corner).

BEHIP (Behaviorally Effective Healthcare in Pediatrics)

  • The Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has partnered with BlueCare to develop the Behaviorally Effective Healthcare in Pediatrics (BEHIP) training program. BEHIP training provides pediatric healthcare providers with tools and strategies to screen for, assess, and manage patients with emotional, behavioral and substance abuse concerns. It also encompasses strategies to provide for more efficient workflow (including information on coding), more effective care, and improved family and physician relationships.
  • The training is facilitated by pediatricians and psychologists.

BEHIP Online Training Modules

The BEHIP Online Training Modules feature online training modules including CME credit, available for FREE.

Part I of the training includes six different case studies and each involves a child with behavioral health or substance abuse concerns. Each case has a corresponding screening tool for participants to review. The participants work through the screening tool to become familiar with the tool and calculate a score.

Part I Course Contents

  • Module 1: Introduction to Behavioral Health in Pediatrics
  • Module 2: Postpartum Depression: Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Screen (EPDS)
  • Module 3: Disruptive Behavior: Ages and Stages Questionnaire - Social Emotional (ASQ-SE)
  • Module 4: Inattention: Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC-17)
  • Module 5: Anxiety: Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED)
  • Module 6: Depression: Modified Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)
  • Module 7: Substance Abuse: Global Appraisal of Individual Needs Short Screener (GAIN-SS)
  • Module 8: Workflow & Coding

Click HERE to access the BEHIP Online Training Modules


Psychopharmacology and Trauma Informed Care - In this second installment of BeHiP Online Modules, participants will focus on understanding adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact upon chronic disease and mental health conditions; learn about the Department of Children's Services, using the Tennessee system as an example; focus on appropriate psychopharmacology for pediatric behavioral health conditions; and learn about motivational interviewing techniques.

Part II Course Contents

  • Module 1: Trauma and Early Brain Development
  • Module 2: Trauma Competent Care Principles in the Primary Setting
  • Module 3: Psychopharmacology
  • Module 4:  Motivational Interviewing
  • Module 5: Working with Children and Families in the Child Welfare System

Click here to access Part II of the BEHIP Modules

Behavioral Health Guidance Videos

The American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Mental Health and the Mental Health Initiatives of the AAP provides the foundation for the training curriculum. BEHIP participants have access to six educational videos on the TNAAP website addressing specific topics in children's mental health:

Each video will feature experts in the behavioral health field and pediatrics discussing the topic.

Continuing Medical Education

  • This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and The Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics express appreciation to the following companies for their support of this enduring material by providing an unrestricted educational grant: BlueCare Tennessee.

Nashville Public Television Children’s Health Crisis – TNAAP Promotes Behavioral Healthcare

BEHIP Contact Information

Heather Smith, M.B.A.
Training Coordinator
Phone: (615) 758-1211