Essentials of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry across the World

This MOOC has been designed to meet the basic educational needs of people interested in child and adolescent mental health such as nurses, community health workers, teachers, general practitioners, medical students, adult psychiatrists, and parents. The course is basic and each session includes a 20 minutes video. Teachers are respected professionals from all over the globe.

If you wish to participate in live sessions and obtain a certificate, you need to enroll on. This will allow you access to a forum and to evaluations (quizzes, peer-reviewed questions etc.)

The course is available here:

1. Introduction (Bruno Falissard, France)

2. Normal development in child and adolescents (Naoufel Gaddour, Tunisia)

3. Clinical assessment and examination (Ogurotimi Adejumo, Nigeria)

4. Mood disorders (David Cohen, France)

5. Anxiety disorders and trauma (Ogurotimi Adejumo, Nigeria)

6. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Yi Zheng, China)

7. Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorders (Yi Zheng, China)

8. Substance abuse (Olivier Pham, France)

9. Autism (Petrus de Vries, South Africa)

10. Schizophrenia (Laura Viola, Uruguay)

11. Eating disorders (Evelyn Attia & Matthew Shear, USA)

12. Suicide and non-suicidal self-injury (Sigita Lesinskiene, Lithuania)

13. Intellectual disability and learning difficulties (Nora Rodríguez Perrett, Uruguay)

14. Associated somatic disorders (Oscar Sanchez Guerrero, Mexico)

15. Specificities in young children (Miri Kersen, Israel/waimh)

16. Specificities in adolescents (Savita Malhotra, India)

17. Burden and risk factors of C&A psychiatric disorders (Michael Houston, USA)

18. Treatments in C&A psychiatry (Ayesha Mian, Pakistan)

19. Evidenced based C&A psychiatry (Henrikje Klasen, Nederlands)

20. Transcultural aspects of C&A psychiatry (Marie-Rose Moro, France)

21. Treatment Planning: Beyond Categories and Dimensions [1] (Gordon Harper, USA)

22. Treatment Planning: Beyond Categories and Dimensions [2] (Gordon Harper, USA)

23. Where to go from here? (Julie Chilton, USA)


Dr Daniel Fung is married to Joyce and the father of 5 grown up children. He is currently the Chairman Medical Board of Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health since 2011. Dr Fung is an Adjunct Associate Professor at all 3 medical schools in Singapore.

Dr Fung is currently the President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. He was awarded the National Day (Public Service Administration (Bronze)) Award in 2017 and the National Medical Excellence Award (Team) in 2018 for his work on community and school based mental health.

Dr Fung is interested in the treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders in children and he has advocated for the development of child mental health services and strategies through his research

Dr Fung’s research is supported by the National Medical Research Council and other agencies. He has co-authored over 160 peer reviewed research papers (118), books (32) and book chapters(18).


Dr. Christina Schwenck is professor for Special Needs Educational and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Giessen, Germany. She is a trained child and adolescent psychotherapist (specification behavior therapy) and a trained supervisor. Her research interests comprise selective mutism, conduct disorder, and children of parents with mental illness. She has published 56 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters on childhood mental health. She is editor of three book series on child and adolescent psychotherapy, psychology in school and psychotherapeutic children´s books. In her free time, she follows her passion for photography around the globe.

Dr. Schwenck is currently the Secretary General of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). Her vision is to strengthen training and promotion of child and adolescent mental health professionals, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, including long-term mentorships for early career scientists and clinicians in this important field. Furthermore, she aims at alluring allied professions for IACAPAP to enhance active collaboration between professions in order to provide optimal supply for children and adolescents with mental health problems.