AACAP and the Ethics Committee have developed these resources to support the ethical practice of child and adolescent psychiatry. This section is designed as a practical resource for all practitioners working in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry, from medical students to experienced physicians. Child and adolescent psychiatry necessitates interaction with multiple parties, which may have competing values and interests. Educational materials by a variety of authors and links to other sites have been included on the site to provide useful information; the opinions are not necessarily those of the AACAP.
All of the information in the ethics section can be used to satisfy the AACAP membership ethics requirement.
Webinar - Before You Start Your Study: Introduction to Research Ethics in Child Psychiatry
This webinar discusses basic concepts and guidance documents in research ethics as they apply to child psychiatry. Relevant U.S regulations are reviewed briefly. The webinar is primarily intended for students, residents and clinicians who are new to research or are curious about the protection of children who are research subjects. Click here to access the webinar.
AACAP Ethics Requirement for Members
In 2008, AACAP Council decided to require ethics education due to the importance of ethics to the child and adolescent psychiatry practice. Child and adolescent psychiatrists routinely encounter ethical issues whether they are clinicians, researchers or administrators. The requirement is a marker/ reminder of the importance of ethics and that it is intrinsic to all areas of practice.
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