In Brief

Karen Saywitz, PhD, was one of several speakers at a 2004 convention symposium that highlighted the findings of the APA Task Force on Psychology's Agenda for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Saywitz, session chair Barry Anton, PhD, and fellow presenters Wayne Holden, PhD, Nadine Kaslow, PhD, and Patrick Tolan, PhD, discussed some causative factors of mental health problems, the need to increase public awareness of children's mental health needs, the importance of coordination among professionals in the mental health field and how the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health's report and the U.S. Surgeon General's policies can further children's mental health services and awareness.

Saywitz also highlighted APA's plans to better the home, school and general community environment for children with mental health issues--which the Monitor will cover in its January issue.

--J. McKAY