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October 2018

Sussex County Counselors Meeting – “Psychiatric Symptoms in the Classroom”

October 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Sussex Country Community College: Performing Arts Center, 1 College Hill Road
Newton, 07860 United States
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Dr. Koss will present an overview of mental illness in children and the impact of mental illness on classroom behavior and academic performance. Dr. Koss will also discuss the importance of team-based interventions, including collaboration between students, parents, educators, school counselors and mental health professionals.

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Warrior Moms – “The Role of Parent as Mental Health Advocate”

October 9, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

One in five children experience a significant mental illness that interferes with their development. Of these children, 80% are unable to access  mental health treatment. Parents encounter multiple obstacles, including limited resources, stigma, and lack of insurance coverage for mental illness. Parents of children with mental illness frequently need to advocate on behalf of their children in order to access mental health services and school-based accommodations.  Dr. Koss will review strategies to assist parents in developing skills they need to…

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AACAP Assembly of Regional Organizations

October 23, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
AACAP’s 65th Annual Meeting

As Chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Assembly of Regional Organizations, Dr. Koss will lead this day long conference. The Assembly includes child and adolescent psychiatrists from across the country who are  elected as leaders within their Regional Organizations. The Assembly  provides grass roots level support of AACAP initiatives, especially advocacy for children's mental health issues and support for the professional development of child and adolescent psychiatrists at the state and local level.

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“Negotiating and Renegotiating Contracts: Specific Concerns for Women Psychiatrists Throughout the Course of their Careers”

October 25, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
AACAP’s 65th Annual Meeting

Women physicians are often paid less than their male colleagues. Knowing the current pitfalls and obstacles many women in child and adolescent psychiatry face as they negotiate or renegotiate employment contracts can help make the process more successful. Valuable information on contact negotiation is shared and personal mentorship is provided. The narratives of women in different stages of their careers and working in different practice settings are followed by a discussion emphasizing the need to explore both professional and personal…

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October 2019

AACAP Assembly of Regional Organizations

October 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Illinois

As Chair of AACAP's Assembly of Regional Organizations, Dr. Koss will facilitate a day-long conference exploring strategies to engage members at the state level in activities that promote professional development for child and adolescent psychiatrists and to advocate for policies that will promote improved access to quality, evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with mental illness.

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December 2019

New Jersey Psychiatric Association Advocacy Day

December 5, 2019
Advocacy and Management Group Trenton, New Jersey

As President of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association, Dr. Koss will facilitate a day-long advocacy conference focused on improving access to quality, evidence-based treatments for individuals with mental illness. Dr. Koss will participate in a panel presentation, providing psychiatrists with strategies on how to most effectively communicate with elected officials. Dr. Koss will then guide discussions between psychiatrists, legislators and their staff. The objective is to highlight relevant science and share clinical experience that can be used to inform legislative…

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Strategies to Help Anxious Children

December 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sparta Alpine School Sparta, New Jersey + Google Map

Anxiety is one of the most common emotional or behavioral health issues affecting students in the classroom.  In fact, studies show that one in five children will experience some kind of clinical anxiety by the time they reach adolescence. Anxious feelings impact children's thoughts and actions, often leading to worries about school attendance,  grades, or making friends. Dr. Koss will provide parents with an overview of childhood anxiety and share strategies to help anxious children.

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What To Do When Your Child Worries Too Much

December 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sparta High School, Sparta, NJ 07871 Sparta, New Jersey 07871 + Google Map

Anxiety in children is normal and expected at certain times in development. For instance, children younger than age five may become upset when separated from their parents. Young children may also have isolated fears, such as fears of the dark, or bees, or thunderstorms. These types of fears are short-lived and generally do not interfere with functioning. Yet one in five children will experience some kind of clinical-level anxiety by the time they reach adolescence. For these children, anxiety can…

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January 2020

The Importance of Mental Health Advocacy in the Current Political Climate

January 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Physicians routinely advocate on behalf of individual patients within the clinical care setting but can have even broader impact when serving as advocates within the legislative arena. With the proper tools, physicians can help shape health care policy in order to improve access to quality, evidence-based care for all patients. Dr. Koss will assist psychiatrists in developing skills to more effectively speak with legislators and policy makers about a broad range of topics, including mental health parity, network adequacy, prior…

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The Importance of Mental Health Advocacy in the Current Political Climate

January 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Debra Koss, MD, President of the NJ Psychiatric Association (NJPA), will meet with colleagues from the NJPA Southern Chapter to discuss the importance of physician engagement in advocacy. Dr. Koss will review the importance of building a constituent relationship with elected officials and will introduce strategies to more effectively communicate with legislators and policy makers. Dr. Koss will also review current NJPA advocacy priorities.

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