Program Schedule

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Trying to Decide What Type of Session to Attend at the Annual Meeting?

Below is a description of each type of program offered at the Annual Meeting. Each program type has a unique focus and purpose, so you can pick the programs that best fit your needs.

Open to All Attendees:

  • Clinical Case Conference: Allows clinicians to present difficult case material and includes discussions of diagnostic, clinical formulation, and/or treatment issues. These programs are two hours long.
  • Clinical Perspectives: Similar to Symposia, Clinical Perspectives present a particular topic related to treatment, research method, service delivery, or clinical care, which is evidence-based, but also includes the “art” and clinical wisdom of the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry. These programs are two and a half hours long.
  • Media Theatre: Features motion pictures, commercially released documentaries, videotapes, music, and other forms of media relevant to any area of child and adolescent psychiatry. These programs are two to three hours long.
  • New Research Poster Session: Authors present the results of data-rich research or clinical reports with opportunity for feedback from viewers.
  • Symposium: Data-driven programs that present perspectives on different aspects of a topic or differing views of the same topic. These programs are two and a half hours long.
  • Wellness: Designed to provide participants with tools for relaxation, personal enrichment, avoidance of burnout, and experiential learning opportunities in methods proven to be beneficial for patient wellbeing. Some examples from past meetings include yoga, meditation, bike riding, running, therapeutic drawing, poetry writing, paper cutting, and music therapy. CME credits are not offered for these sessions.

Open to AACAP Members Only:

  • Committee Meeting: Official meetings of AACAP’s Committees and are open to all AACAP members, unless otherwise noted.
  • Member Services Forum:* Designed to provide a practical service to AACAP members, such as training on how to be an advocate or updates on CPT codes.

Ticketed Events for All Attendees:

  • Clinical Consultation Breakfast: A forum for experts to share clinical wisdom and discuss difficult cases with attendees. These programs are one and a half hours long and limited to 15 participants.
  • Clinical/Practicum: Provides members with guidelines on the assessment and treatment of a specific clinical topic. The Practicum takes place offsite from the hotel and features facilities that are unique to the host city. Attendance is limited to 30 AACAP members.
  • Extended Workshop: A full day program, 6-8 hours in duration. Extended Workshops provide additional time and opportunity to master evidence-based therapeutic interventions beyond what is possible in the standard 3-hour Workshop. At its conclusion, participants should have gained sufficient expertise to implement newly learned treatment approaches or interventions into their clinical practices. Extended Workshops are limited to 40 participants.
  • Institute: Focuses on "how to do it" with respect to clinical problems, academic areas, or a blending of the two. Institutes are designed for attendees who wish to be taught a comprehensive and authoritative overview of a topic area. Institutes are full day programs. Notebooks with all program materials are included.
  • Special Interest Study Group: Allow individuals with similar interests to share their clinical or research experience, develop collaborations or networks, or discuss mutual interests. These programs are limited to 25 attendees and tickets are free, but required.
  • Workshop: Provide instruction on treatment, research method, delivery, or organization of services, and are designed to encourage discussion in a small group. They are limited to 30 attendees.

*This year, some Member Services Fora sessions will be open to AACAP members only. Attendees are encouraged to check the Program Book or online program schedule for more information on access to these sessions.