Managing the Aggressive Child: It's Not Just a Temper Tantrum

Friday, November 24
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Aggression is a very nonspecific symptom but when it presents, it can be the one thing that causes the most impairment for a child and leads to an issue of safety within the school or at home. It is often subsumed within the context of impulsivity as the driving factor. Many reasons lead to aggression and part of the agenda is to talk about the nature of this symptom, it's etiological roots and its treatment options. Emerging from the literature has been the creation of a new diagnosis in DSM-5, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) and this condition needs to be understood and how it differentiates itself from Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Explosive Disorder. The treatment agenda does not necessarily require medications but the behavioral agenda is key. Not surprisingly, the behavior is seen to be very animalistic in nature so the behavioral model is akin to that of dog training. The parallels are useful as it is a very easy way to explain the behavioral and holistic agenda.

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Umesh Jain

Staff Psychiatrist
Hospital for Sick Children

Umesh Jain MD, FRCPC, DABPN, PhD, MEd, Staff Psychiatrist, Hospital for Sich Children

Education: -Medical school at Dalhousie University in 1986
-Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship
– Dalhousie/ University of Pittsburgh between 1986-1991
-Board Certified in Psychiatry in Canada (FRCP(C)) 1991
-Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology 1991
-Board Certified US Child/Adolescent Psychiatry 1992
-Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 2002
-M.Ed. from OISE/UT in 2007
-Canadian Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Boards 2013
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
-Internationally recognized scientist and teacher
-Specialty: Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Forensics, Psychopharmacology, Neuropsychiatry
-Numerous grants including CIHR, OPGF, OMHF and contract research.
-Written over 125 peer reviewed published papers, books, book chapters, academic posters and invited speaker presentations.
-Over 500 lectures in community and professional settings
-Past Member of Scientific Boards of the Canadian and American Academies of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
-Past Member -National Executive of the Canadian Academy
-Founder of CADDRA, an affiliation of all Canadian specialists practicing in the ADHD arena.
-Managing Editor - Canadian ADHD Guidelines for Practice until 2011
Major Awards:
-Naomi Rae Grant Award for Professional Excellence
-Canadian Academy of Child Psychiatry Education Award


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