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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics and Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology

<em>NCL'S Pride of America</em>
NCL'S Pride of America
7-Night Hawaii Cruise Conference
Round-trip Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

January 18 - 25, 2020
14 CE Credits for Psychologists
14 ASWB ACE Credits
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
8 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
14.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurse Practitioners
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Daniel B. Kessler, MD, FAAP

Daniel B. Kessler, MD, FAAP
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona
  Dr. Kessler is a board certified Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician with over 35 years of clinical experience. For 21 years he was the Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Children's Health Center of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

Prior to his recent retirement from clinical practice he was the Medical Director of the Children's Developmental Center at Southwest Human Development where he established a transdisciplinary evaluation program for young children with complex developmental and behavioral problems.

He also ran his private practice in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Daniel B. Kessler MD and Associates. Danny received his MD degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed his Internship and Residency Training both at NYU-Bellevue in New York and at Children's Hospital Boston where he did both an Ambulatory Pediatric Residency and completed fellowship training in Family Violence and then in Child Development with noted "baby doctor" T. Berry Brazelton MD.

From 1983 to 1990 Danny was the Director of the Division of Child Development and Behavior and the Carl C. Icahn Program for the Prevention of Child Abuse at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in NYC. In addition to his abiding interest in babies and the earliest relationships, Danny applied his expertise and experience in the evaluation of children with autistic spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and related co-morbidities, problems of learning and emotional adjustment, feeding and self-regulation.

In 1999 Danny coedited with his colleague Peter Dawson MD the book Failure to Thrive and Pediatric Undernutrition: A Transdisciplinary Approach with the expressed purpose of ending the use of the pejorative “Failure to Thrive” label. Recently Danny has been working with a distinguished multidisciplinary group through the organization “Feeding Matters” to revise our understanding of Pediatric Feeding Disorders.

In 2013 Danny was honored by the Phoenix Business Journal as it’s Health Care Hero in the Physician category. He has also been selected on numerous occasions as a Best Doc by Phoenix Magazine and Best Doctors of America. In 2018 he became a consultant to the Autism Center of Excellence at Touchstone Behavioral Services in Phoenix, Arizona and he continues to provide consultation in developmental and behavioral pediatrics in legal and educational settings when asked to do so.

Clinton Allen Musil, Jr., MD

Clinton Allen Musil, Jr., MD
Medical Director and Senior Vice President of Medical Services
Frontier Health, Inc.
Johnson City, TN
Chairman Department of Psychiatry
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee 

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Lincoln Memorial University
Harrogate, Tennessee 
Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners
Nashville, TN  Allen Musil has been practicing child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry for over 20 years. His education includes an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, a stint at Dallas Theological Seminary, and medical school at Quillen College of Medicine in Tennessee.

He completed a triple board residency and fellowship at the University of Kentucky and is board certified in general pediatrics, child-adolescent psychiatry, and adult psychiatry. He has worked as an emergency room pediatrician and medical director of both in and out patient child psychiatric services. He currently works as a child psychiatrist and medical director for Frontier Health in Johnson City, TN. 

He is also a part time assistant clinical professor at East Tennessee State University and Lincoln Memorial University in both the departments of pediatrics and psychiatry. He has been appointed by TN Governor Haslam for participation on the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. His expertise is in ADHD issues, mood disorders, and autistic disorders.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Concerns regarding their child's development and behavior are often among the primary reasons for parents to seek out the advice of their child's primary care provider even if they don't state it as the reason for the visit. Understanding this area therefore and how to screen for, assess and assist a parent in responding to and resolving these concerns is important for any provider seeing families with children.

Problems of attention affect up to 10% of school aged children and the challenges this causes follows children in school, work and life. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the most common behavioral health condition is the United States. These presentations will describe the disorder in children beginning in the preschool years and will describe successful interventions to ameliorate the challenges. The presentation will describe both medical, behavioral and educational interventions for the clinician to implement themselves or sources of referral and assistance outside of the Medical Home. The identification of Autism spectrum disorder has grown considerably and early identification and intervention is the key to more optimal outcomes for these children.

Feeding and sleep behaviors are also common concerns of parents and providers and understanding their nature and complexity will allow providers to assist parents in resolving them in the most appropriate fashion. Lectures will provide understanding and tools for providers.

  1. Everything you wanted to ask a developmental pediatrician, almost
    • Upon completion of this session participants should be able to summarize the basic distinctions between developmental pediatricians, psychologists and child psychiatrists.
  2. Autism: A Case Based Presentation (Early Identification)
    • Upon completion of this session participants should be able to describe the basic characteristics in young children on the autistic spectrum.
  3. ADHD: Treatment Protocol for Primary Care Providers
    • Upon completion of this session participants should be able to manage and follow children with ADHD.
  4. Preschool ADHD
    • Upon completion of this session participants should be able to employ a number of interventions to assist young children with ADHD
  5. Sleep Problems in Kids
    • Upon completion of this session participants should be able to apply this knowledge to assist parents in assuring safe and restful sleep for their children.
  6. Kids who are Mad, Kids who are Sad, Kids who are Bad
    • Upon completion of this session participants will be able to recognize common behavioral challenges in children.
  7. Pediatric Feeding Disorders: A New Conceptualization
    • Upon completion of this session participants will be able to recognize the diverse etiologies of feeding disorders in children and manage the appropriate referrals.
  8. Global approach to Child Psychiatry Diagnosis and Pharmacology (when to use a medication)
    • Be able to identify three primary reasons for starting a medication for mood or behavior
    • Identify what is the difference between a variant behavior/mood and a child mood or behavioral diagnosis.
  9. Treating Anxiety Disorders in the Busy Pediatric Practice
    • Objective: List 3 classes of medication commonly prescribed to treat childhood anxiety.
    • Describe appropriate use of "home bound" with mood disorders .
  10. Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Medications for Aggression
    • List three DSM V diagnostic criteria for DMDD and list three common treatments for DMDD
    • Become aware of the TRAY guidelines for aggressive youth.
  11. Bipolar Disorder in Youth/Mania! Medications for Mania
    • List four of seven criteria for child mania in a developmentally appropriate context.
    • List three medications effective in childhood mania.
  12. Treating Depression in the fast Paced Pediatric Office
    • List three appropriate target symptoms that SSRI's address when treating childhood depression.
    • Be able to understand why you choose one SSRI over another when treating childhood depression.
  13. SPECIAL TOPICS for the Pediatric Prescriber: "Cutting, Encopresis, School Refusal, and OCD".
    • Develop a treatment approach for self-harm, encopresis, school refusal and OCD.
    • List three medications FDA approved in children for OCD.
  14. Adolescent Brain Development: WHAT'S NEW!
    • Describe our current/new understanding of the adolescent phase of brain development.
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Sat Jan 18 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
- 7:00 pm
Sun Jan 19 Kahului, Maui
8:00 am -
Mon Jan 20 Kahului, Maui
- 6:00 pm
Tue Jan 21 Hilo, Hawaii
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Jan 22 Kona, Hawaii
7:00 am 5:30 pm
Thu Jan 23 Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii
8:00 am -
Fri Jan 24 Cruise Napali Coast
- -
Fri Jan 24 Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii
- 2:00 pm
Sat Jan 25 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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Ports of Call

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii - Combine the languid allure of the tropics with big-city sophistication, then add the spirit of aloha, and you've got Honolulu. This Pacific crossroads features museums, dazzling beaches, historic Pearl Harbor and spectacular sunrises over Diamond Head. Gardenias and jasmine blanket the air with a heady fragrance, and pink sunsets cast a magical glow over fabled Waikiki Beach.

Kahului, Maui - A surplus of natural splendor and the genuine hospitality of its people have helped to make Maui Hawaii's second most popular island. Explore the fascinating history of the town of Lahaina. Plant yourself on a pristine beach, or play one of the world's most beautiful golf courses.

Hilo, Hawaii - Gaze up from this charming town and see snow-capped Mauna Kea volcano. It's just one of the scenic marvels in this exotic greenhouse of lush tropical plants, towering banyan trees, thundering falls and enough flowers to fill a rainbow. Arid deserts, steaming fissures and volcanoes that blow their tops are just as impressive.

Kona, Hawaii - The sun-blessed Kona coast stretches 80 miles along macadamia nut orchards, famous coffee plantations and some of the most important sites in Hawaiian history. Captain Cook came ashore here and died at the hands of angry natives. The coast is also famous for water sports, and the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is a world-renowned annual event.

Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii - The Garden Isle, Kauai receives the most rainfall of all the Hawaiian Islands, which leads to lush vegetation and elegant hibiscus blossoms, as well as a huge canyon carved by wind and water erosion. Marvel at the narrow paths worn by the ancient Menehunes into the cliffsides of the steep Na Pali Coast, unmarred by roads and unapproachable except by foot trail or helicopter.

Cruise Napali Coast -

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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