Back to School with Disorders of Gut Brain Interactions
Series of 4 Live, 1-hr Webinars in September 2021
(9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30) at 7pm ET 
Live CE Learning Opportunity with on-demand access
for those unable to attend live.
Earn up to 4 CE credits*
Pediatric disorders of gut-brain interaction (DGBIs; formally called functional gastrointestinal disorders) are common in young people and are often disruptive of daily routines, including school participation. These conditions are most appropriately treated from a biopsychosocial framework. Through this lens, school participation is both a potential source of psychological and social stress that may exacerbate or maintain DGBIs and also a valued functional outcome. As students prepare to return to school, this educational program will prepare healthcare providers to support adaptive school adjustment as part of DGBI management.
For healthcare providers working with youth with DGBIs including functional abdominal pain disorders (e.g., irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia). This may include physicians, advanced practice nurses, PAs, nursing staff, behavioral health professionals (psychologists, social workers, counselors) and other allied healthcare providers. 

A Rome Foundation Continuing Medical Education program.
$150 for PsyD, PhD and MD
$100 for PhD/PsyD or MS Students, Non-Clinicians 
ncludes entire series and earn up to 4 CE Credits

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this series, participants should be able to:

  • Apply the biopsychosocial framework to describe the etiology and maintenance of pediatric disorders of gut-brain interaction (DGBIs)
  • Name 3 specific psychosocial characteristics or school-related stressors related to DGBI course and treatment
  • Identify 2-3 appropriate school-based accommodations to promote adaptive functioning for youth with DGBIs
  • ​Identify 2-3 specific strategies for coping with DGBI symptoms that can generally be used in school settings 
  • ​Describe indications for psychological treatment to support positive functioning for youth with DGBIs

Topics & Program Faculty 

September 9, 2021 
7:00pm ET
Pediatric DGBIs as biopsychosocial conditions with reciprocal impacts on school functioning 
Brad Jerson, PhD

Corey Baker, MD
Connecticut Children’s Hospital

Dana Pachulski and Kari Baber, PhD

September 16, 2021 
7:00pm ET
School-related challenges, concerns and accommodations for adolescents and young adults with DGBIs
Sarah Mayer-Brown, PhD
Georgia Pitsakis, LCSW
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Dana Pachulski and Kari Baber, PhD

September 23, 2021 
7:00pm ET
Working with schools and interdisciplinary care teams to promote positive functional outcomes
Amanda D. Deacy, PhD
Children’s Mercy


Dana Pachulski and Kari Baber, PhD

September 30, 2021 
7:00pm ET
When school challenges
or symptoms persist: psychological treatments
for DGBIs
Julie Snyder, PsyD & Amy Hale, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital

Dana Pachulski and Kari Baber, PhD


The Rome Foundation Psychogastroenterology Section 
Creative Healing for Youth in Pain (CHYP)

Supported by an Educational Grant from

Rome Psychogastroenterology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rome Psychogastroenterology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
About the Rome Foundation
The Rome Foundation is an independent not for profit 501(c) 3 organization that provides support for activities designed to create scientific data and educational information to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI). Our mission is to improve the lives of people with DGBI.

Over the last 19 years, the Rome organization has sought to legitimize and update our knowledge of the DGBIs. This has been accomplished by bringing together scientists and clinicians from around the world to classify and critically appraise the science of gastrointestinal function and dysfunction. This knowledge permits clinical scientists to make recommendations for diagnosis and treatment that can be applied in research and clinical practice.
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