One of the main aims of the International Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions is to improve health care for children and adolescents with mental disorders worldwide. In many countries of low to medium income, a well-grounded training for skilled personnel is not yet established. IACAPAP has started a multilevel training initiative:
The online textbook is free of charge and contains basic knowledge on different topics with respect to child and adolescent Psychiatry. At the end of several chapters, comprehension questions test the learning progress.
The next level is a massive open online course (MOOC) that takes place twice a year. This internet-based training each extends over five weeks with a weekly work load of about six hours. Multiple short video clips introduce basic topics with respect to child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy, and consolidating questions and short exams are dealt with by participants. In internet-based work groups, students and mentors interchange with each other, and a certificate of attendance can be gained. Online registration is possible from now onwards, and the live sessions will start at the 2nd of May.
During the last level of the initiative, the iCAMH, a local training of MOOC graduates takes place in order to establish the practical implementation of the skills in clinical everyday life. For this purpose, a trainer teaches a group of MOOC graduates for five to seven days locally.