Message from the President
It is a great honor for me to have been elected President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) for the period from 2014 to 2018. I see here a unique and stimulating opportunity to improve Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) both in the better-resourced and resource-poor regions through partnerships, friendships and reciprocal learning.
IACAPAP was started in 1935 when a group of European child psychiatrists came together. The first Congress was held in 1937. The Association has now expanded to a membership from over 60 countries in the world.
The Executive Committee of IACAPAP is composed of CAMH professionals from all over the world. The members of the IACAPAP Bureau are from four continents: Füsun Çuhadaroğlu, the Secretary-General, comes from the border of Europe and Asia; Gordon Harper, the Treasurer, is from North America; Olayinka Omigbodun, the Past President, is from Africa; and I am from Europe.
IACAPAP promotes “a world in which all children grow up healthy, emotionally as well as physically, and realize their potential to contribute to their society.” IACAPAP’s mission is to advocate the promotion of mental health and development of children and adolescents through policy, practice and research. IACAPAP also promotes the study, treatment, care and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and disabilities of children, adolescents and their families through collaboration among the professions of child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology, social work, pediatrics, public health, nursing, education, social sciences and other relevant disciplines.
In order to fulfil her mission IACAPAP is actively working to increase the participation of national and regional child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) & CAMH organizations and of individuals in countries where there are no organizations. Facilitating the establishment of national, regional and sub-regional organizations of CAP and CAMH professionals with a particular focus on the resource-poor regions of the world is another key strategic plan.
On behalf of every member, I welcome you to our website. We wish you a very enjoyable and instructive experience viewing our programs & campaigns, declarations & statements, bulletins, publications and other items as you navigate the world of child and adolescent psychiatry and child and adolescent mental health through our website.