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Strategies for reducing restraints and seclusions in mental health care settings

Physical and mechanical restraints and seclusions are utilized in child and adolescent psychiatric treatment venues as a means of managing aggressive and self-injurious behaviors. These procedures can be considered by youth as aversive and traumatizing, and in worst case scenarios, deaths have been reported.


In this webinar, Dr. Muhammad Waqar Azeem - Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Sidra Medical and Research Center and Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar - reflects on core strategies used to prevent and reduce restraints and seclusions, leading to improved safety and provision of trauma informed care.


Webinar recording


Speaker:


Dr. Muhammad Waqar Azeem is the Inaugural Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Sidra Medical and Research Center and Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar (WCMC-Q).  Dr. Azeem will play an integral role in improving mental health services for children and families in Qatar and the region. Dr. Azeem is currently the Chair of National Autism Working Group which is charged

with preparing National Autism Plan for Qatar. He is also Vice Chair of the WISH Autism Forum; a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP); a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA); and an Associate Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center / Yale University School of Medicine.

His primary clinical and research interests include autism spectrum disorder, child and adolescent psychiatry training, global mental health, and looking into innovative ways to reduce restraints and seclusions in inpatient child and adolescent settings. He has presented nationally and internationally and has published in several peer reviewed journals. 

Prior to joining Sidra, Dr. Azeem served as Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director at the Albert J. Solnit Children's Center in Connecticut, one of the premiere child and adolescent psychiatry teaching facilities in the U.S. He also held the position of Associate Residency Training Program Director for Yale Child Study Center / Solnit Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.