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What is Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP)?

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:

The child and adolescent psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families. A child and adolescent psychiatrist offers families the advantages of a medical education, the medical traditions of professional ethics, and medical responsibility for providing comprehensive care (AACAP).

How do I become a CAP? 

 There are various pathways to become a CAP. Each track offers unique experiences based on individual interests

  • Traditional Training Programs - Residents complete five total years of training: three years of general psychiatry residency training (including internship), plus two years of child and adolescent psychiatry specialty training.
  • Integrated Training Programs - Residents complete five years of training in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the same time.
  • Triple Board Programs - Residents complete five years of training that combines pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry training in a single integrated experience.
  • Post Pediatric Portal Programs (PPPP) - Pediatricians become board-certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry after completing a three-year training experience.
Content from this page was borrowed from AACAP. Please visit their website for more information on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 


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