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Certificate Course in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry for General Psychiatrists

Child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) is a firmly established medical specialty within the broad discipline of psychiatry for several decades in many countries in the world. However, training facilities in CAP in India (a three year post- doctoral course “DM” and a 1-2 year “post-doctoral fellowship / certificate courses”), have started only recently, that too only in a handful of centers. Most general psychiatry training (MD) centers in India do not have fully functional CAP services/ units much less any teaching faculty, leading to a very large training gap.

Considering that about > 50% of India’s population comprises of young people below 25 years of age, there is a clear deficit in the availability of specialized services for them. Most children and adolescents in need of psychiatric treatments remain either untreated or reach general psychiatry clinics. Since there are and will never be enough child and adolescent psychiatrists in India needed to provide services to those in need, it is necessary to upskill and empower general psychiatrists enabling them to treat commonly seen psychiatric conditions with their own resources. With this reality in mind, it was decided to start a one year online certificate course in CAP for general psychiatrists in India under the aegis of the Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, conducted by a group of expert psychiatrists/ child and adolescent psychiatrists with long years of experience in the field.


To empower and enhance the knowledge and skills of practicing psychiatrists to assess children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders commonly seen in their routine clinical practice.

To increase the manpower resource in the country to take care of child mental health.

To expand and improve the services and mental health care for children in India.

Eligibility Criteria

Must have completed postgraduate qualification in psychiatry namely MD, DPM, DNB, MRCPsych. You are required to submit your certificates of MBBS, MD/DPM/DNB/MRCPsych and Medical Council Registration Fee should be paid only if you fulfil the eligibility criteria.

Learning Objectives of the Course

To know about the common psychiatric disorders seen in children and adolescents in India

To learn the clinical method and approach of assessment of children and families.

To understand developmental perspective in child mental health and its implications.

To learn about the common treatment methods and its use.

To learn about the judicious use of pharmacotherapy, psychotherapies and somatic therapies in children with psychiatric disorders.

To learn about supporting children with mental disorders and families in various situations including liaison with schools, child protection agencies etc.

Instructional Design and Duration

Entire course will be completed in 25 teaching sessions, of two hours each, on biweekly basis, over a period of one year.
Teaching methods will comprise of didactic teaching, case-based discussions, active-participative learning, work assignments, group discussions.
The sessions will be recorded by the IACAM Academy. You are highly encouraged to keep the videocamera on and actively participate in the discussions.
Recorded videos of the sessions will not be available. If you miss a session, the pdf of the powerpoint will be made available along with other reading material if any.


The Course is planned and run by a team of senior psychiatrists who are experts in their respective fields.

Core Team comprises of :

Director: Dr Savita Malhotra

Coordinator: Dr Nitin Gupta

Asstt coordinators: Dr Nidhi Chauhan, Dr Darpan Kaur

Consultants: Dr Kishor Gujar, Dr Devashish Konar, Dr Shekhar Seshadri, Dr Henal Shah, Dr Pratap Sharan, Dr Chhitij Shrivastava

Educational and Tech Support: Brio Bliss

Educational Grant: Sun Pharma; Alteus Biogenics

1. All the ppts, lectures, videos are the intellectual property of the speakers and IACAM Academy. You are not permitted to record the sessions in your device or system or further dissemination on any other platform for individual or commercial purpose.

2. Kindly do not take screenshots and pictures of speakers, moderators, co-participants and further dissemination on any other platform without official permission of the IACAM Academy.

Confidentiality and Intellectual property rights


Course is approved by the Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. This certificate course is meant for professional enhancement and not for any employability.


This course is purely for professional enhancement and upgrading professional knowledge and skills. However, it is not a recognised prerequisite for any specific job profile in any organization.


Rs 5000/- have been levied to meet the administrative and logistic charges to partially meet the expenses on infrastructure, content development, website, cloud access, learning management system and administrative support etc. There is no course fee. Teaching Faculty is teaching pro-bono without any payment. Course Director and Coordinators are working for free and not paid any remuneration.

Certificate of Completion

Course will provide a “Certificate of Completion” which is provided after fulfilling the Eligibility for Accreditation. NO CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION/ ATTENDACE will be given. No certificate of partial completion will be given

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Eligibility for accreditation certificate

1.Participants are expected to attend at least 80% of the sessions, where more than 90 mins video screen presence is mandatory and measured by the software and zoom recording.

2.Participants are expected to complete four e-Assignments with a score  > 60% in each assignment.
(In case a participant is not able to secure > 60% in the first attempt can utilize the second attempt to ramp up the score >60% within a time frame of 48hrs. Participants can no longer give the assignment post 48hr as the software will close.)

3. Assessment will be done at the end of each of the four instructional modules given on the website….. Participant must obtain a score of > 60 % in each of the module assessments.
(In case a participant is not able to secure >60% in the first attempt can utilize the second attempt to ramp up the score >60% within a time frame of 48hrs. Participants can no longer give the test post 48hr as the software will close.)