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Advocacy Efforts

AACAP partners with our members in advocacy efforts at the federal and state levels to improve policies and services for children and adolescents with mental illness. We work to educate policymakers and administrators about issues affecting child and adolescent psychiatry and children's mental health and regularly engage our members on pertinent legislation and regulatory activities. For more information on AACAP's advocacy efforts, please click here.

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Annual Meeting

Online Services

AACAP's Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of child and adolescent psychiatrists in the world. Held in October each year, the Annual Meeting features the latest in research and clinical practice in the field with hundreds of programs given by top speakers. It's the "must attend" event for child and adolescent psychiatrists and promises something for everyone. The preliminary program is available starting June 15 and registration opens in August. For more information about this year's meeting, please click here.

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Continuing Medical Education Programs

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. The Frequently Asked Questions provides answers to inquires about CME certificate record keeping, how you earn CME credit for live and online CME activities, and what the difference is between CME and Maintenance of Certification, among other CME topics. For more information on Continuing Medical Education, please click here.

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Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Decisions by officers, committees and others on behalf of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have far reaching significance and consequences. Outside affiliations may result in real or perceived conflicts of interest that impact on an individual's opinion. All officers, committee members and others acting on behalf of the AACAP should act honestly and with integrity and are required to complete a Disclosure of Affiliations to maintain the integrity of AACAP activities. For more information, please click here.

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AACAP receives revenue from the following sources:

  • Revenue:
  • Advertising Income 1.3%
  • Contributions 4.8%
  • Exhibit Income 2.5%
  • Grant Income 11.3%
  • Membership Dues 27.4%
  • Membership List Sales 0.4%
  • Other Income 0.2%
  • Publication Sales 3.0%
  • Registration Fees 28.2%
  • Rental Income 0.2%
  • Royalties 19.9%
  • Training Income 0.8%
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  • Total: 100%

Membership covers approximately 27% of AACAP's Operating Expenses. In 2012, AACAP received 5.88% of its annual income from pharmaceutical companies. The AACAP posts reports as they are available. To view AACAP's Treasurer's reports, please click here.

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AACAP is the leading source of information for our professional community. From our publications like our Institute Notebooks, Maintenance of Certification Modules, Practice Parameters and Scientific Proceedings, etc.) to our subscription-only content (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & AACAP News) we've got the resources you need. View or search our Publication Store online.

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Assembly of Regional Organizations

The Assembly, which meets twice per year, is composed of delegates from all member regional organizations. The number of delegates is based on the size of the regional organization's membership: one delegate for every 50 members. For more information, please click here.

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AACAP's bylaws define the internal structure, policies, and procedures of the organization. In March 2009, members voted to approve the amended bylaws approved by Council. For more information, please click here.

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Committees and Work Groups

Much of the work to increase the knowledge base of child and adolescent psychiatry and disseminate information about specific topics effecting children and families is generated through the work of volunteer committees and task forces. AACAP currently has about 55 committees. Click here for more information (Members Only).

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Donating to AACAP

Donations to AACAP help make possible programs that are outside of AACAP's operating budget. Our programs address a variety of areas including advocacy, consumer education, increasing access to mental health treatments, research, and the workforce shortage. Learn how your donation makes a difference in the lives of children, adolescents, and families with a mental illness. You can support AACAP's valuable programs by donating to one or more of our charitable funds.

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AACAP bills members based on a calendar year from January to December. Members are invoiced for annual dues on 10/1 to encourage early renewal. AACAP gives members a 6 month grace period to renew before suspending access to valuable member benefits.

AACAP adopted a dual membership with regional organizations of child & adolescent psychiatry in 1990. Applicants conveniently apply to both organizations with the same membership application. Membership eligibility is reviewed by AACAP staff, the local regional organization, and the Membership Credentials Committee.

Regional organization dues are determined separately by the local regional council. Regional dues are included in the annual dues renewal invoice mailed by AACAP. Some regional organizations elect to bill members directly for local dues.

Membership Dues
General $450
Affiliate $395
Corresponding $305
Distinguished Fellow $450
Resident $75
Student FREE
International - Click here for International Dues information

For additional information about dues, contact Member Services at 202.966.7300 ext. 2004 or

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AACAP's Code of Ethics serves to guide the professional conduct of our members. The principles apply to the medical specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry and should be used by all practitioners of this specialty in very professional context. The Ethics Requirement FAQ Sheet assists members who have questions about fulfilling the membership requirement of one hour of ethics study every two years. For more information, please click here.

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Facts for Families

AACAP developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. AACAP provides this important information as a public service and the Facts for Families may be duplicated and distributed free of charge as long as the AACAP is properly credited and no profit is gained from their use. Click here to access AACAP's Facts for Families.

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Getting Involved with AACAP

We are hard at work for advocacy, professional education, consumer education, research, workforce development and recruitment, state and local advocacy, and coalition building initiatives. This can't be done with the support of our committed and dedicated membership. We strongly encourage all members to remain active and involved in AACAP. Your continued support and participation is paramount to our collective continued success. Get Connected - Stay Connected! If you have questions about how you can get involved, please contact us for more information.

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AACAP offers a number of award and fellowship opportunities for AACAP members, such as the Junior Investigator and Pilot Research Awards, Early Career Psychiatrist Connect Program, and Medical Student Fellowships. Please visit the awards section of the website for full descriptions and details about all award opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact the Research, Training and Education Department at or

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JobSource is a recruitment tool used by employers and recruiters seeking qualified child and adolescent psychiatrists for positions around the world. This database reaches the largest group of credentialed specialists in the field. Access AACAP's JobSource here..

In the Positions Database, both members and non-members can post available positions, and search for available positions around the country. In the Vita Database, members can post their curriculum vita for employers to search. CVs are located in a protected, member's-only section of the AACAP web site. Only screened advertisers and recruiters have access.

Please note, AACAP’s JobsSource is hosted by A separate login is required.

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Practice Parameters

The AACAP Practice Parameters are designed to assist clinicians in providing high quality assessment and treatment for children and adolescents that is consistent with the best available scientific evidence and clinical consensus. Each practice parameter makes specific recommendations based on a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation of all available scientific data. Over 30 parameter topics are available to members and non-members. Click here to access AACAP's Practice Parameters.

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Policy Statements

Developed by the AACAP's Committees, then approved by the AACAP's Council, AACAP's Policy Statements reflect the AACAP's voice on issues affecting the health of children, adolescents, and their families. For more information, please click here.

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Contacting AACAP

Click here for a contact list by department. Please direct general questions to or call 202.966.7300. Be it online, onsite, or on the phone, AACAP Staff is here to help!

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Finding a Child Psychiatrist

Choosing a child and adolescent psychiatrist is a big decision. Often it is difficult to know when to seek help. Once you have decided to find treatment it can be hard to know where to find it. If you would like to read more about choosing a child and adolescent psychiatrist, knowing when to seek help and where to find help please see the Facts for Families listed below.

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AACAP News is an official membership publication of AACAP, published 6 times annually. As a professional association, we're committed to maintaining the core components of the News including excellent columns, the promotion of membership, while trying to bring about new ideas and changes. If you're interested in contributing, or learning more about the News, please contact us at or 202.966.7300, ext.: #119. To access the archive of AACAP News issues, please click here. (Members Only - must be logged in to view).

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Professional Liability Insurance

One of the most important benefits of AACAP Membership is our medical malpractice insurance offered through the American Professional Agency with Darwin insurance.

Our program incorporates excellent coverage with reduced rates that reflect the lower risks of our specialty. It's the only tailor-made offering designed to address the specific needs and risks of child and adolescent psychiatrists including discounts and policies for those in part-time office practice. For more information, please click here

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