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Presenting the Executive Committee

Posted on October 9, 2014

The Executive Committee members listing has been updated since the IACAPAP 2014 World Congress. The list is also formatted differently so that you can easily see:

  • Members of the Bureau addressing the day-to-day affairs of the Association
  • Honorary members of the Executive Committee
  • Vice Presidents
  • Non-elected members of the Executive Committee

The listing includes the position, name, title, affiliation and email.




iDream Award Announcement

Posted on September 14, 2014

International Competition for the “iDream Award”

The “iDream Award” Award competition is designed to stimulate innovative thinking about helping children achieve their dreams and embrace a hopeful outlook on life.  While the initial stimulus for considering this goal came from the observation of children impacted by disasters and other adverse life events, the desire is to develop a more generally applicable approach to achieving the stated goals.

A current “iDream” initiative in Chengdu, China has sought to help children gain a better understanding of how to achieve their dreams.  The program began following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and has a strong emphasis on exposure to those who have experienced success in life.  The aim of the exposure to successful individuals is to demonstrate how people achieve success and importantly to provide information on the reality of achieving goals.  For instance, some children give up the idea of going to college because they think that it would take an unrealistically long time.  A fuller explanation of the current  “iDream” program is appended.

The “iDream Award” is offered to stimulate thinking about how children understand the life trajectory leading to success and hope for the future.  There is a literature from neuroscience, social ecology, trauma recovery, identity formation, spirituality and elsewhere that the Award Committee wishes to see synthesized to provide a solid rationale for the ongoing interventions noted above.  In broad terms, the goal of the literature search and analysis is to provide the scientific underpinnings of the observation that providing children with hope and a realistic understanding of what is achievable is beneficial for the overall wellbeing of the child/adolescent and leads to successful life outcomes.  It is recognized that the experience of gaining hope may also be a protective factor against potential adverse experiences during development. 

The Award has three components:

1) A literature review and annotated bibliography of the peer reviewed literature;

2) a fully developed scientific paper suitable for publication based on the literature review.  The paper should bolster the argument that the “iDream” initiative is the operationalization of proven concepts of development;  and

3) a fully developed conceptual paper thinking about possible future initiatives without  financial or other constraints, i.e., what would you do to achieve the goals of  “iDream” under ideal settings on issues relevant to the concept of hope and future orientation in children taking into account the elements noted above. 

In all products there may be many aspects of the concept and its operationalization that could be explored.  What do we know about motivation, needed support, how to take first steps?  Is there a skill set necessary for success? What are the cognitive elements necessary for program development?  How can success be sustained?  Is there a role for mentoring? Do neuroscience findings contribute to our understanding of the concepts and interventions?

Language Requirements:

Proposals may be submitted in English and/or Chinese

Award Terms and Conditions:

There are two phases to the award competition.  Three winners for the best submitted literature review (completed) and outline for phases two and three will receive US$ 5,000 each. The final products will be reviewed and the three winners of the initial round will enter the second round where the three products are expected to be completed.  The final products will be ranked.  First prize will receive US$ 20,000, second US$ 10,000, and third US$ 5,000. The initial literature review and draft outline must be submitted by January 15, 2015.  Notification of the three finalists will be in March, 2015. The final products will need to be submitted by June 1, 2015 and the final award notice will be August 1, 2015. Interested colleagues are required to send a letter of intent to be submitted by October 15, 2014. Failure to meet the deadline for submission of the final products will forfeit the award. The initial products will remain the property of the “iDream Award” committee and the sponsoring foundation.

The award money is provided by a private donor through an established foundation Bao Bao Bear Care Foundation Limited (BBB) with no government, religious or other compromising affiliations.

The “iDream Award” competition is open to graduate students (masters and doctoral level) in all disciplines and to faculty with or without student participation.

It is expected that the literature review will reference all relevant literature published in the Chinese languages as well as the literature published in other languages.  Grey literature, internet source documents/media and other relevant media materials should be included.  Source documents should be held for inspection.

The products will become the property of the award sponsor (BBB), but with the sponsors permission scientific and public information articles will be permitted and, in fact, encouraged. “iDream” and the Foundation reserve the right to use the literature and review paper in its program literature and future grant applications and will give recognition to the authors, but no further financial remuneration. The “iDream Award” bears no legal responsibilities in relation to the products developed or the use of the materials submitted.

The “ iDream Award” submissions will be judged by a panel consisting of the sponsor, representatives from the academic community and individuals who have had experience with the current program.


Professor Myron L. Belfer at

Submission to:

Need to send in both electronic copies and hard copies as follows:

Send electronic copies to both  and simultaneously. Judging will be based on electronic copies. Deadline will be based on date of electronic copies received.

Mail hard copies to Bao Bao Bear Care Foundation Limited, 3 Lockhart Rd, 19F, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Hard copies are for backup and will not be used for judging purpose.

Current Program Description:

The BaoBaoBear Care Foundation Limited was founded in 2008 following the Sichuan earthquake to facilitate the provision of programs to students in Sichuan.  The Foundation is registered with the Hong Kong government as a non-profit foundation.  The Foundation is funded with philanthropic donations from a single Hong Kong family.

Since 2009, the Foundation has installed six multimedia libraries in Chengdu, Sichuan Province and surrounding areas.  From the initial experience and ongoing involvement with schools, it became apparent that students could benefit from knowing about more options for their future and how to make informed decisions.  The goal was to try to give the students a sense of “hope”.

The ideas derived from the experience of talking with students and educators, and initiating practical exposure to those who could offer guidance on future opportunities and decision-making led to the “iDream” initiative.  The goal of “iDream” is to inspire, encourage and explore possibilities in finding and achieving the vision/dreams of the students and to help ensure a positive future orientation.  The program, which involves interactive media presentations with individuals coming from various fields and in class interaction with volunteers to lead discussions about future orientation issues, has been very well received and is expanding.  “iDream” now maintains an office in Chengdu with full time staff and over 200 volunteers from Sichuan, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and elsewhere.



IACAPAP International Contribution Recipients at the 21st World Congress

Posted on September 6, 2014

International Contribution Award

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph M. Rey and Dr. Wei-Tseun Soong, winners of the 2014 IACAPAP International Contribution Award.

This award is sponsored by the Korean Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (KACAP) to recognise the accomplishments of a senior individual who has made outstanding contributions to child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) in the developing world. 

International Award Statements 

Joseph M. Rey, MD, PhD

Dr. Joseph M. Rey has had a distinguished academic record as a child and adolescent psychiatrist over the past 30 years. He is a former director of the Rivendell Unit and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Sydney and Professor of Psychiatry at Notre Dame University Medical School in Sydney. Dr. Rey is an international citizen having lectured worldwide and having published more than 190 research and educational papers and several books.  

Dr. Rey brought new life to the IACAPAP Bulletin, which he has edited since 2008.  The Bulletin has become a premier international child mental health publication easily accessed on the web. He conceived and edited the IACAPAP E-Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This was the first global textbook of child psychiatry accessible electronically on the web.  It contains more than 40 chapters written by global leaders in child psychiatry and child mental health. It has innovative media content. It is written to be useful for practitioners and others in low resource settings but at the same time maintains the highest academic standards. The textbook has been accessed by more than 48,000 individuals from practically every country in the world.

Dr. Wei-Tseun Soong

Dr. Wei-Tseun Soong is a senior consultant of the St. Joseph Hospital in Yunlin, Taiwan and on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Department of Psychology, and Institute of Epidemiology of National Taiwan University. He received his child psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada (1978-1980) and returned to Taiwan in 1981 to teach at the National Taiwan University and practice child psychiatry in the National Taiwan University Hospital. His major research areas are autistic disorder, depression, environmental toxins, PTSD and elective mutism in children and adolescents. He has published 115 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 96 book chapters and books.

He played an important role in the drafting, promulgation and revision of Taiwan Mental Health Law, the planning and implementation of psychiatric hospital accreditation, and the establishment of psychiatry specialty training and certification system in Taiwan. He has been on many national committees, especially in child mental health and child protection, in Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior, and Ministry of Health and Welfare. 

He was the founding president of Foundation for Autistic Children and Adults in Taiwan, and the founding president of Taiwan Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was the founding treasurer and the 3rd President of Asian Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (ASCAPAP, 2006-2008), and a board member of World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH, 2005-2008). He has attended IACAPAP Congresses since the 1989 Kyoto Congress.

As a leader in child psychiatry in the Pacific Rim he has fostered understanding and collaboration. 


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IACAPAP Medal Recipients at the 21st World Congress

Posted on September 6, 2014


The IACAPAP medal was created by a former IACAPAP President Irving Philips to honour persons, irrespective of their profession and position, for their achievement and engagement in relation to the major aims of IACAPAP:

To advocate for the promotion of mental health and development of children and adolescents through policy, practice and research. To promote the study, treatment, care and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and disabilities involving children, adolescents and their families through collaboration among the professions of child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology, social work, paediatrics, public health, nursing, education, social sciences and other relevant disciplines’.

IACAPAP Medals, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 IACAPAP medal awardees:

  • Andres Martin
  • Joaquin Fuentes
  • Suzanne “Suzie” Dean
  • Per-Anders Rydelius
  • Yi Zheng

Statement for the 2014 IACAPAP Medal Awardees

Andres Martin

IACAPAP honors Dr Andres Martin of New Haven, who has been an untiring leader and inspiration for the Donald J Cohen Fellowship Program since it started in 2004.  In spirit, in intellectual leadership, and in mentoring a decade’s collection of promising young professionals, Andres has ensured and enduring legacy.

Joaquin Fuentes

IACAPAP honors Dr Joaquin Fuentes of San Sebastian, Spain who with Andres Martin has led and inspired the Donald J Cohen Fellowship Program.  Untiring, infinitely approachable, an amazingly effective advocate for philanthropy, Joaquin has been the essential facilitator and the untiring role model for a generation of young CAMH professionals.

Suzanne “Suzie” Dean

IACAPAP honors Dr. Suzanne “Suzie” Dean of Melbourne, who  took on the unexpected role of co-convener of the 2004 Melbourne Congress and was central to its success, has represented and spoken for the allied professions within IACAPAP and provided invaluable support for IACAPAP through the development of Handbook for the conduct of future congresses. Dr. Dean has been an outspoken advocate for the aboriginal people of Australia and for indigenous peoples in all countries.

Per-Anders Rydelius

IACAPAP honors Dr. Per-Anders Rydelius of Stockholm.  In two generations of leadership in IACAPAP, Dr. Rydelius has led, has taught, has networked, has held high the light of commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide.  Ready to travel anywhere, always appreciated as a teacher, essential to the work of the IACAPAP Bureau, Dr. Rydelius has been critical to the success of IACAPAP since the 1970s.

Yi Zheng

IACAPAP honors Dr. Yi Zheng of Beijing.  Over three decades of commitment to children and their well-being, Dr. Yi has fostered the development of child and adolescent mental health in China.  He organized and oversaw every detail of highly successful 2010 Beijing Congress.  He has been an effective advocate throughout the Asian region.


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Highlights of the 21st Congress

Posted on September 1, 2014

Highlights of the 21st Congress of IACAPAP in Durban, South Africa in Pictures

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Declaration of Durban

Posted on September 1, 2014

Life, Health, and Mental Health

IACAPAP adopts the ‘Declaration of Durban’, at the 21st World Congress of IACAPAP, Durban, South Africa, 15 August 2014.


The 38th Bulletin is now available.

Posted on July 22, 2014

The 38th Bulletin is now available.



The IACAPAP Textbook has been expanded and updated

Posted on June 10, 2014

An expanded and updated version of the IACAPAP Textbook is now available at the website.

1) Four new chapters have been added:

  1. “Case formulation and integration of information in child and adolescent mental health” by Schuyler W Henderson & Andrés Martin
  2. “Diagnosis and treatment planning in child and adolescent mental health problems” by Barry Nurcombe
  3. “Acute and chronic reactions to trauma in children and adolescents” by Eric Bui, Bonnie Ohye, Sophie Palitz, Bertrand Olliac, Nelly Goutaudier, Jean-Philippe Raynaud, Kossi B Kounou & Frederick J Stoddard Jr
  4. “Sleep disorders in children and adolescents: A practical guide” by Samuele Cortese, Anna Ivanenko, Ujjwal Ramtekkar & Marco Angriman

2) The chapter on “Autism spectrum disorders” written by Joaquín Fuentes, Muideen Bakare, Kerim Munir, Patricia Aguayo, Naoufel Gaddour & Özgür Öner has been updated and enriched with more links to audio-visual resources.

3) All the new chapters also contain self-directed learning exercises and self-assessment questions.



WHO Report on the Health for the World’s Adolescents

Posted on May 29, 2014

The WHO Report on the Health for the World’s Adolescents is currently available online at

From the WHO website: “Health for the world’s adolescents” is a dynamic, multimedia, online report. It describes why adolescents need specific attention, distinct from children and adults. It presents a global overview of adolescents’ health and health-related behaviours, including the latest data and trends, and discusses the determinants that influence their health and behaviours. It also features adolescents’ own perspectives on their health needs.”

The WHO website also has a Summary document, a news release on adolescent health, and a fact sheet on adolescent health, as well as a video.


The 37th Bulletin is now available

Posted on March 5, 2014

The 37th Bulletin is now available.



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