CHOC

Below is an overview of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and their offerings.

About:

Illness or injury shouldn’t put childhood on pause. That’s why CHOC has built a growing pediatric healthcare community of premier facilities and compassionate experts focused on keeping kids happy and healthy.

Children and families in the region have access to CHOC’s hospital campuses in Orange and Mission Viejo, as well as many primary and specialty care centers, more than 100 programs and services, and four centers of excellence: The CHOC Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

The Research Institute at CHOC offers access to clinical trials that can’t be found anywhere else. There, scientists translate the latest advances to meet the individual needs of patients at each stage of their lives.

CHOC’s commitment to pediatric mental health includes an inpatient center that is the only facility in the region to offer specialty programming for children ages 3 to 12, and outpatient services.

Who It’s For:

  • Parents and Caregivers
  • Teachers/School Administrators

Trainings:

Anxiety, Depression, and the Impact of COVID-19

Intended Audience: Teachers or Parents
Duration: 1 – 1.5 Hours
Available in languages: English

A Child and Adolescent Mental Health expert from CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County will give a presentation about mental health awareness, signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in children/adolescents in the context of COVID-19, as well as provide strategies parents/teachers can use to support their children at home/in the classroom. In addition, we will focus on signs and symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in the context of COVID-19.

The CHOC Children’s Mental Health Education Program workshops are coordination in collaboration with school sites. If you are interested in this workshop, please have your school site contact us.

Building Resiliency in Youth

Intended Audience: Parents/Caregivers
Duration: 1 – 1.5 Hours
Available in languages: English

A Child and Adolescent Mental Health expert from CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County will talk with parents about resiliency, good mood hygiene, building strong relationships, and improving communication skills for youth and families. This brief workshop outlines specific, small steps parents can take to build resilience in their children so that the rough patches are speed bumps and not derailments. This workshop aims to teach parents how to help children take on challenges, bounce back from difficulties, feel confident, and promote wellness.

The CHOC Children’s Mental Health Education Program workshops are coordination in collaboration with school sites. If you are interested in this workshop, please have your school site contact us.

Trauma Informed Care

Intended Audience: Teachers/School Administrators
Duration: 1 – 1.5 Hours
Available in languages: English

One out of every four children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior. Traumatic stress can arise from a variety of sources: bullying at school, dramatic weather events, school shootings and even events such as divorce or homelessness. Having the tools to manage traumatic stress empowers members of the school community. A Child and Adolescent Mental Health expert from CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County will present to school nurses on an overview about trauma, how it impacts students, and tips for nurses on how to engage with students in a trauma informed manner.

The CHOC Children’s Mental Health Education Program workshops are coordination in collaboration with school sites. If you are interested in this workshop, please have your school site contact us.

The CHOC Psychiatric Consultation Line for Schools

Intended Audience: Teachers/School Administrators
Available in languages: English

The CHOC Psychiatric Consultation Line for Schools (CPCL-S) is a phone consultation service provided by CHOC Children’s that is available to school personnel (teachers, nurses, counselors, school psychologists and social workers, administrators) who need mental health and behavioral guidance about a student. We know that many children and adolescents have coped with a range of adverse events as a result of the social distancing parameters in place due to the coronavirus. CPCL-S is available to support schoolteachers and staff who recognize a potential mental health crisis with a student and need additional support or guidance on how to address it. The line is answered by a social worker throughout the school day who will work with you to understand the reason for your call and how CPCL-S can best assist.

Suicide Prevention Asking the Question Training and Crisis Line

Intended Audience: Teachers/School Administrators
Duration: 1.5 hours
Available in languages: English

A Child and Adolescent Mental Health expert from CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County will provide a review of suicide statistics, risk and protective factors, and how/when to use the Ask Suicide Screening Questions (ASQ) brief suicide safety assessment Screening Tool. Participants will get the opportunity to practice administering the measure. Upon completion of this training, participants will gain access to the Crisis Line. This Crisis Line will be in operation during school hours, during the weekday, and answered by a licensed social worker or psychologist for schools to consult and determine if the student many need an immediate evaluation by the CAT Team or Emergency Department, or if an outpatient appointment would suffice.

School Re-entry Program

Intended Audience: Teachers/School Administrators
Duration: 8 Weeks – 2 Hours Per Week
Available in languages: English

A Child and Adolescent Mental Health expert from CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County has created a 2-Hours a week, 8 week virtual program to assist students who identify as needing additional support to maintain their re-entry to school and to prevent a need for more intensive treatment, including an inpatient level of care. Students along with a School-Designated Adult will walk through video modules that focus on coping skills and crisis planning while also tracking progress of the student through the measured YOQ every four weeks. All school personnel involved in re-entry (Teachers, School Counselors, Vice Principals, Police) are encouraged to participate by watching the Companion videos included in the programming. Each enrolled school will receive up to (10) coping kits for the students to walk away (up to 100 coping kits available). This Coping Kit is built through the progression of the program.

If you believe that you or a loved one is currently at high-risk, call 911 or immediately transport them to a hospital. Do not attempt to access emergency mental health care through this website.

Funded by the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), Behavioral Health Services, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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