The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a professional medical organization comprised of child and adolescent psychiatrists trained to promote healthy development and to evaluate, diagnose, and treat children and adolescents and their families who have disorders of feeling, thinking, and behavior. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s role is to lead its members through collective action, peer support, continuing education, and mobilization of resources.

The goal of continuing education activities of the AACAP are to enhance the physician’s ability to:

  1. Improve clinical treatment of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders;
  2. Collaborate effectively with primary care and child servicing agencies;
  3. Remain up-to-date in regards to developments in our scientific knowledge base;
  4. Improve the health and development of infants, children, and adolescents, including those at risk for psychiatric disorders;
  5. Integrate research in basic science, clinical treatment, health care delivery, and prevention;
  6. Identify and address professional practice gaps in current practice.

Based on needs assessments and professional practice gaps, educational activities are focused on important content areas, including but not limited to: biophysiology, comorbidities, diagnoses, etiology of disorders, genetics, prevention, treatment, and screening. Our CME activities incorporate basic scientific developments, public policy, health care delivery, and changes in diagnoses and treatment to keep our members current with new developments in the field.

All of the AACAP’s continuing medical education activities are designed to improve the way we practice and adhere to the ethical principles of our profession. The expected results of AACAP’s CME program include changes in competence or performance or patient outcomes.

AACAP’s current CME activities include: the Annual Meeting offering up to 50 hours of continuing medical education; the Review Course offering approximately 28 hours of CME credit; the Psychopharmacology Update Institute offering approximately 12 hours of CME credits; an annual enduring material module for Lifelong Learning offering approximately 30 hours of CME credit, online CME activities offering approximately 2-12 hours of CME credit, one article per issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) offering up to 1 hour of CME credit, and other programs as needed (by special application).

Reviewed by CME Committee October 24, 2013. Approved by the Executive Committee November 25, 2013.