Information for Hosts
IACAPAP is offering psychiatrists and paediatricians a free training course leading to the “IACAPAP/iCAMH (international child and adolescent mental health) Certificate of Basic Child Psychiatry”.
Child and adolescent mental health problems are common, serious and treatable. However, the gap between those needing care and those receiving it is huge, particularly in low resource settings. Thanks to IACAPAP and WHO initiatives, this is beginning to change and slowly (child) mental health problems are being addressed in some parts of the world (mhGAP, IACAPAP textbook and MOOC, MSc programmes etc.). While the few often relatively newly qualified (child) mental health professionals in these settings are busy addressing clinical needs and building up services, there often remains a lack of experienced clinical teachers and trainers.
The training is aimed at highly qualified 2nd line professionals able to act as multipliers and supervisors to others: these are initially pediatricians and general psychiatrists (and their senior residents) with some prior knowledge of CAMH (e.g. having passed the iCAMH MOOC).
You are a (child) psychiatrist or pediatrician or an organization from a low or middle income country having recognized the need for more child mental health training. You lobby amongst your colleagues, through your professional organizations, through university pediatric or psychiatric faculties etc. for pediatricians, general psychiatrists and/or their senior trainees to participate in the iCAMH MOOC (see IACAPAP website). Once there are 8 or more colleagues in one area who passed the MOOC, you have the capacity to host a iCAMH training.
You need to organize a suitable training venue and the presence of a minimum of 8 qualified participants. These participants will have to do some clinical assignments (apart from the MOOC), which will be used during the training (case reports and/or videos of local patients). We recommend you link the training to your local University, to a professional body or to a health department and a local trainer. Local NGOs might also be able to assist with the organization and some training costs. The training requires about 24-30 hours face to face time as well as some reading and preparation. You need to think of the most suitable format and timings for the course for participants as well as trainers (4-6 days). You will also be responsible to copy some course materials in advance (DVD with resources, photocopies etc), which will be mailed to you.
You will be matched with a junior and senior trainer and you will need to make detailed arrangements with each other. In some instances you will need to provide a letter of invitation from your organization for a visa (IACAPAP will also provide a letter of support). Make arrangements well in advance (6-9 months). During the stay you will host the trainers. You are responsible for local transport, meals and accommodation, which can be in the home of a colleague. Make your colleagues feel welcome and show them how you work in your country.
You will not pay for the trainers’time or flight costs and the course should be offered to participants at no or minimal cost. The aim is increasing knowledge and understanding for CAMH because: There is no child health without child mental health.
You may already have a child mental health training programme and/or suitable trainers. Whether from a high- or low-income setting you might want to use the IACAPAP blended learning programme and get your course recognized so your students are eligible for the “IACAPAP/iCAMH Certificate of Basic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry”.
We are from a low or middle income country and would like to host an iCAMH training in our country. We would like iCAMH volunteer trainers for support.
We are already training/planning to train second line professionals in child and adolescent psychiatry and would like to use the iCAMH Training Package in order to qualify for the “IACAPAP/iCAMH Certificate of Basic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” (can be from low/high or middle income countries).
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.