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Clinical Case Conference Series on Black Youth Mental Health Launched at Yale

November 20, 2023

The Yale Child Study Center (YCSC) is pleased to announce the launch of a first of its kind Black Youth Mental Health Clinical Case Conference Series beginning in January. Six mental health clinical case conferences will be held in person from January through June 2024.

Invited expert discussants from within Yale and beyond will weigh in on complex clinical cases involving Black youth presented by YCSC trainees. The series will be interactive, and attendees will engage in a round-table discussion. Dinner will be provided, and registration is required for each session. There is not a requirement to attend all sessions; participants can register for the sessions individually.

View the inaugural case conference web calendar event for additional details. Local participants are strongly encouraged to attend in person, though a virtual option will be made available for those joining from a distance. All sessions will be held from 6:00 - 8:15 p.m. ET. Session dates are as follows.

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2024
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2024
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Directed by YCSC Chief Resident and Child Psychiatry Fellow Amanda J. Calhoun, MD, MPH under the advisement of YCSC Research Scientist Mark Beitel, PhD, the series has also been co-endorsed by YCSC Chair Linda Mayes, MD; YCSC Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Tara Davila; and Darin Latimore, MD who serves as the deputy dean for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Yale School of Medicine.

"I am honored to direct this crucial case conference series focused on Black youth, with the support and advisement from Dr. Mark Beitel, Dean Latimore, and Dr. Linda Mayes,” commented Calhoun. The case series will be using a structure that in some ways is a bit different from traditional case conferences. We will be delving into high-level, nuanced conversations of what it is like to care for Black children right now, and how we advocate for optimal care in a medical system that was not designed to be healing for Black children. This goes beyond an academic discussion—this is a matter of life and death."

The series is supported by funding from the YCSC Viola W. Bernard Social Justice and Health Equity Fellowship, the Yale School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and the AMA – SHLI Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship Program.

Submitted by Crista Marchesseault on November 16, 2023