International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions
The International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions
(IACAPAP) mission is to advocate for the promotion of the mental health and development of children and adolescents through policy, practice and research. The IACAPAP also promotes the study, treatment, care and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and disabilities involving children, adolescents and their families with emphasis on collaboration among the professions of child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology, social work, paediatrics, public health, nursing, education, social sciences and other relevant disciplines.
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Czech Psychiatric Society
The Czech Psychiatric Society is a respected organization which associates mental health professionals. Founded in 1919 it belongs to the oldest professional organizations of medical doctors in the Czech Republic. Various specialty sections work within the Society, one of them being the Section of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
The mission of the Psychiatric Society is to promote improvement of knowledge and the care of the patients with mental disorders, to defend the patients' rights, to fight against the stigma of mentally ill and psychiatry in the society and to educate professionals as well as the public in mental health issues. To meet the latter goals the Society organizes regular sessions that include monthly scientific meetings, large biannual national congresses and the Sections organize educational meetings according their subjects in the meantime as well. The Psychiatric Society has been twice the organizer of the European Psychiatric Society congresses (2000, 2012) and also the 20th World Psychiatry Association congress in 2008.
In 2014, the Czech Psychiatric Society was authorized to organize the 23rd World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) in Prague on July 22 to 27, 2018. This is the first world congress aimed at child and adolescent mental health in the Central and East Europe.
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The Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Czech Republic z.s.
The Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Czech Republic z.s. was founded in 1993 as an independent, professional non-profit organization, which it remains to this day. From the very beginning it has been tasked with advocating and defending the interests of child and adolescent psychiatry, a very young and small field at that time. Originally, it was established in reaction to the very poor economic conditions in pedopsychiatry for the treatment of pediatric patients, as well as for doctors – pedopsychiatrists themselves. Today, it is the strongest professional organization of child and adolescent psychiatrists in the Czech Republic, becoming a member of ESCAP in 2016.
Since its inception, the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has primarily been devoted to economic and legal issues surrounding the real threat of child and adolescent psychiatry ceasing to exist as a subject in the past. This is why the Association eventually chose to enter the political field. The aim and focus of activities of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has and continues to advocate the interests of pedopsychiatry within the political, economic, and legal spheres.
The Association has also recently been working closely with the Psychiatric Society of CzMA JEP – with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry within the field of professional medicine. Members of the Association are involved in the transformation of psychiatric care in the Czech Republic, and the Association is a co-organizer of additional educational events.
We are honored to be the co-organizer of the 2018 IACAPAP Congress in Prague. We believe that this congress, which is for the first time taking place in Central and Eastern Europe, will be both successful and beneficial, and will strengthen the position of child and adolescent psychiatry in the Czech Republic.
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