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What is a child and adolescent psychiatrist?

Child and adolescent psychiatrists are physicians who have taken further specialty training over four or more years and are registered as Psychiatrists by the specialty granting body, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or equivalent. Full Members of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have had at least two years of their training specializing in working with children, youth and families.


Child and adolescent psychiatrists specialize in working with children, youth and families whose mental, emotional and behavioral lives are not developing as desired by the child, teen or family. Such difficulties in development may be the result of a variety of biological, psychological and social factors. Child and adolescent psychiatrists work in a variety of settings.


Child and adolescent psychiatrists promote quality care and service to the children, youth and families of Canadians within an approach that is biopsychosocial, multidisciplinary, multisectoral and based in healthy growth and development. They may be found working in communities, outpatient clinics, hospitals, universities, and research and teaching institutions. Clinical work may be in private, individual, group or hospital practice, providing services and consultations to individuals and families and other health care professionals, teams and health care organizations. Consultations may be direct (with the individual or family), indirect (to other health care team members) and through tele-health (when distances preclude the opportunity for face-to-face meetings).

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