Message from the President

 

Welcome to the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's website. CACAP is the national organization of Child and Adolescent psychiatrists in Canada. As an organization we are committed to advancing the knowledge of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addictions effecting children, youth and their families through the promotion of excellence in clinical care, advocacy, education, research and collaboration with other allied health professionals.
 
I would like to offer my congratulations to our newly certified members who have recently been successful with Canada’s first Royal College certifying Exam in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in our newly created sub-specialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Please note that the CACAP online review course has also been made available to those who are preparing for the exam this fall 2014. Further details can be found on this website. Many thanks to Dr Suneeta Monga and the CACAP review course committee for making this possible.
 
Since the last annual meeting in Vancouver Dr Rachelle Bouffard and the members of constitutional committee have re-written the constitution for CACAP so we will comply with the new Not for Profit Corporations Act. Please review and be ready for a discussion on these changes which have been sent out to all of members this July and will be voted on at the AGM in Toronto. I am deeply grateful to all of the members on this committee for volunteering so much time, hard work and dedication for making this possible.
 
At the last meeting of CACAP in Vancouver the Board generously voted to support a small bursary for 5 sub-Saharan child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) workers to attend the International Association of Child Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP) conference this August in Durban. This act provides rays of hope for child and adolescent mental health in a resource poor region of the world. Now I would like to take this opportunity to thank those CACAP members who are also supporting this important meeting by attending and mentoring, presenting keynotes or workshops and wish you a safe return travel from Africa.
 
Please note that CACAP is also working together with IACAPAP to host a joint meeting in Calgary September 2016. The theme for this meeting is ‘Fighting Stigma, Promoting Resiliency and Positive Mental Health.’ Regular updates on this event will be posted on this website.
 
I hope we will see you in Toronto in September for the 34th Annual conference. CACAP’s Research and Scientific Program Committee have organized an outstanding line of keynote speakers addressing the theme ‘Learning and education in Child Psychiatry; Crib to Classroom to Clinic”. I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the tireless dedication of our vice chair and chair, Dr Ashley Wazana and Dr Daniel Gorman. This theme clearly illustrates the important recognition that CACAP gives to the enduring role of ‘Early Brain Development and Relational Health’ on child and youth mental health and addictions.
 
Dr Chris Wilkes
President 2014-2016
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