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The Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Virginia Mental Health Access Program (VMAP) are leading year-long Project ECHOs on pediatric and adolescent mental and behavioral health. 

Registration for  2024 VMAP ECHO cohorts is now closed.


Connect with colleagues monthly

  • 1 lunchtime per month
  • library of resources
  • build local connections


Interdisciplinary local faculty team

  • HUGE 75 credit CME package
  • MOC-4 QI screening project
  • practice + family resources


Case-based learning for primary care

Learn to Recognize, Respond, Refer for the top kids' behavioral + mental health diagnoses + discussion of timely topics chosen by the cohort

VMAP Early Childhood Learning Collaborative: Systems of Care for Kids (2ND THURSDAYS AT 12 TO 1 PM, FEB TO DEC 2024)

Explore community-based interventions and referral options when your families with young children are needing psycho-social supports. Led by an interdisciplinary faculty team joined by community-based subject matter experts, this learning collaborative focuses on practical and actionable infant, toddler, and family connections to support early childhood development. Cohort members may participate in an optional QI project focused on enhancing screening for early childhood developmental challenges and opportunities for supporting the family.

Topics Covered 
  • Positive Parenting

  • Autism Screening & Surveillance

  • Early Intervention & Home Visiting

  • Early Childhood Education & Care                                 

  • Prenatal Exposures

  • Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

  • Supporting Early Literacy

  • Optional MOC-4 Performance Improvement Project


VMAP ECHO: Common Conditions in Pediatric Mental Health (3RD THURSDAYS AT 12 TO 1 PM, JAN TO NOV 2024)

Cohort is at-capacity for 2024; registration for this ECHO is closed.

With an emphasis on screening and response in the primary care setting, this VMAP ECHO on common pediatric mental health conditions can help you integrate best practices in pediatric and adolescent behavioral and mental health care into your busy practice. Our “all teach, all learn” approach leads to strong community connections and referral resources for your patients and their families. Each virtual lunchtime session is led by an interdisciplinary mental health team. 


Topics Covered 
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors in Children
  • Mild + Moderate Depression
  • Severe Depression + Suicidality
  • Anxiety 
  • Challenging Cases in ADHD
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders in Children + Youth
  • Trauma + PTSD
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Irritability + Emotional Dysregulation
  • Recognizing Psychosis in Pediatric Primary Care
  • What to Do While Your Patient Waits for Services
VMAP ECHO: Adolescent + Young Adult Mental Health (4TH FRIDAYS AT 12 TO 1 PM, JAN TO NOV 2024)

Cohort is at-capacity for 2024; registration for this ECHO is closed.

Focused VMAP ECHO designed for child-serving providers whose care includes adolescence and young adulthood - including pediatricians, family physicians, NPs, PAs. This 11-session case-based learning collaborative explores the 4 Rs - recognize, respond, refer, resources - of many of the top mental health issues faced by youth and young adults. Each virtual lunchtime session is led by an interdisciplinary mental health team. 

Topics Covered 
  • Orientation to the Adolescent + Young Adult           

  • Confidentiality Issues + Considerations

  • Mild + Moderate Depression

  • Suicidality + Safety Planning

  • Anxiety

  • Gender Dysphoria

  • Impulsivity + Aggression                              

  • Substance Use Disorder

  • Psychosis

  • Eating Disorders

  • Cyber Safety for Teens

  • Treatment Reluctance + Motivational Interviewing

  • Optional MOC-4 Performance Improvement Project


VMAP ECHO Deeper Dive: Birth to Five (4TH THURSDAYS AT 12 TO 1 PM, JAN TO DEC 2024)

Cohort is at-capacity for 2024; registration for this ECHO is closed.
Pediatric primary care providers see children up to 14 times before the age of 5. This 11-session case-based learning collaborative focuses on infant and early childhood mental health problems from the primary care perspective. With an emphasis on early recognition and response, an interdisciplinary faculty team will support primary care providers from across the Commonwealth in developing their knowledge of early childhood trauma and stress, anxiety, dysregulation and aggression, sleep and feeding problems. 


Topics Covered 
  • PCP Approach to Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood

  • Practical Tools for Early Childhood Mental Health Assessment

  • Early Childhood Attachment + Anxiety

  • Is it Autism? Early Warning Signs and Interventions

  • Dysregulated Anger + Aggression in Early Childhood

  • When Is It More Than Picky Eating?

  • When ADHD Symptoms are Present in Preschoolers

  • Sleep Challenges in Early Childhood

  • Virginia Resources for Early Childhood Supports

  • Tantrums, Discpline, and Spanking

  • The Impact of Early Childhood Adversity

  • Optional MOC-4 Performance Improvement Project                


What is Project ECHO?
Accreditation Information

This program is approved as a Continuing Medical Education (CME) Maintenance of Certification Performance Improvement Project, which qualifies participants to receive up to the following credits: 25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™; 25 ABMS (Maintenance of Certification) MOC Part II or Self-Assessment credits*; 25 MOC Part IV or Performance Improvement credits*. In order to be awarded credits for participation, all project   requirements must be met. The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The UVA Office of Continuing Medical Education is an ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Sponsor. *for participating boards