The iCAMH Training is a free 24-30 hour competency based training aimed at second-line practitioners around the world, who have no specific training in child psychiatry, but nevertheless see children with mental health problems (e.g. pediatricians, general psychiatrists and their final year trainees; mental health officers etc.). The iCAMH training builds on the MOOC and IACAPAP textbook, emphasizes practical skills and expands both in depth and scope on the child mental health competencies covered in WHOs mhGAP (recommended for primary health professionals) and the MOOC. The combination of MOOC, clinical exercises and iCAMH training provides a blended learning experience that leads to a “IACAPAP/iCAMH certificate for basic child and adolescent mental health”.

The iCAMH training prepares participants to identify, diagnose and manage common uncomplicated psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescence as well as to supervise and support primary care staff managing CAMH problems. To cater to the local context, participants will provide some personal video material of assessment and treatment sessions with children and families to be discussed during the course. The focus is on the most common childhood mental health problems (with incidences of about 1% or more), which participants are likely to encounter in their daily practice. In addition, participants will learn about the scope and importance of child and adolescent mental health problems worldwide and in their own country. Service models and the role of task shifting will be discussed and the doctor will be prepared for leadership and advocacy tasks in child mental health. The course is fully evaluated and initial pilots in Africa (Ethiopia) and Asia (Sri Lanka) have shown excellent clinical relevance and significant improvement in clinical skills, attitudes and ability to identify child mental health problems in practice (publication in preparation).

The free training can be hosted anywhere in the world, where at least 8 second line professionals (e.g. paediatricians, general psychiatrists, mental health officers) have successfully followed the MOOC and carried out some practical exercises (like writing a case report or filming a child or family with CAMH problems). It needs to be supported by a local organization (e.g. University, hospital, NGO) as well as by a local trainer, who is familiar with child mental health issues in the area. Adaptable training materials and (if required) volunteer trainers will be provided through IACAPAP/iCAMH.

To find out more and apply as an iCAMH host – click here

While the few often relatively newly qualified (child) mental health professionals in low resourced settings are busy addressing clinical needs and building up services, there often remains a lack of experienced clinical teachers and trainers. In high-income countries, on the other hand, experienced child psychiatrists might be in a position to provide some time and expertise to support their colleagues and gain new perspectives of their profession. Junior or trainee child psychiatrists might seek to broaden their educational experience by volunteering as junior trainers. Teaching and experiencing mental health care in lower income countries and going back to basics can be a truly inspiring experience.

To find out more and apply as an iCAMH volunteer junior or senior trainer – click here

To find out more on training requirements and to view an iCAMH sample session – click here

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.