Upcoming IACAPAP World Congress

Join professionals from the multiple disciplines involved in the study and care of the mental health of children and adolescents—psychiatrists, psychologists, paediatricians, nurses, social workers, speech pathologists etc—in this exciting, multidisciplinary world congress. The congress theme is ‘Starting at the Beginning—Laying the Foundation for Lifelong Mental Health’. Singapore is a dynamic, forward looking city state, the crossroads of Asia. Learn more about the Congress at the IACAPAP 2020 website.

Past IACAPAP World Congresses

Nr. Year Venue Congress President Theme
I 1937 Paris Georges Heuyer Conditioned reflexes –Pedagogics and Child Psychiatry – Juvenile Criminality
II *1948 London J.R. Rees Personality Development and its Individual and Social Aspects with Special Reference to Aggression.
III 1954 Toronto Frederick H. Allen Emotional Problems of Early Childhood
IV 1958 Lisbon Victor Fontes The Emotional Life of the Child – 6-12 years
V 1962 Scheweningen Arn van Krevelen Primary Prevention of Mental Disorders in Children
VI 1966 Edinburgh John Bowlby Puberty and Adolescence
VII 1970 Jerusalem Serge Lebovici The Child and His Family
VIII 1974 Philadelphia E. James Anthony Children at Risk
IX 1978 Melbourne Albert J. Solnit Children and Parents in a Changing World
X 1982 Dublin Lionel Hersov Children in Turmoil-Tomorrow’s Parents
XI 1986 Paris Colette Chiland New Approaches to Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health
XII 1990 Kyoto Reimer Jensen Child Rearing, Education and Psychopathology
XIII 1994 San Fransisco Donald J. Cohen ** Violence and the Vulnerable Child
XIV 1998 Stockholm Donald J. Cohen Trauma and Recovery
XV 2002 New Delhi *** Cancelled as World Congress
XVI 2004 Berlin Helmut Remschmidt Facilitating Pathways – Care, Treatment and Prevention in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
XVII 2006 Melbourne Myron L. Belfer Nurturing Diversity
XVIII 2008 Istanbul Per-Anders Rydelius Carrying Hope Between East and West for 3 C’s: Children, Cultures and Commitments
XIX 2010 Beijing Per-Anders Rydelius Improving Child Mental Health: Increasing Awareness and New Pathways for Care
XX 2012 Paris Olayinka Omigbodun Brain, Mind and Development
XXI 2014 Durban Olayinka Omigbodun From Research to Practice: Global challenges in CAMH Care
XXII 2016 Calgary Bruno Falissard Fighting Stigma; Promoting Resiliency and Positive Mental Health

XXIII 2018 Prague, Czech Republic Bruno Falissard Understanding Diversity and Uniqueness 

* A planned second international congress 1941 in Leipzig, Germany, under the leadership of Paul Schröder did not take place because of WW II.

** It should have been Irving Philips – however, Donald Cohen had to act as President because of the unfortunate death of Irving Philips in 1992.

*** The 15th World Congress was scheduled for New Delhi/India but could not take place as an IACAPAP event due to external reasons. Therefore the congress was carried out as a regional meeting with international attendance under the leadership of our colleagues in India. It was agreed to put into writing in the IACAPAP annals, that the 15th Congress could not be held as planned under the aegis of IACAPAP and that the Berlin Congress will be counted as the 16th World Congress of our Association.


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.