Education Programs

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program

The Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Alberta is pleased to offer our Royal College-accredited Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Residency Program. Royal College-accredited training programs in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry are designed to be completed in 2 years. Applicants must have Royal College Certification in Psychiatry or be in enrolled in a Royal College-accredited Psychiatry program.

To allow completion of the program in two years, the training in PGY5 must fulfill requirements of the Psychiatry and CAP Subspecialty Programs. Our CAP program is committed to working collaboratively with its residents, and their Psychiatry program directors, towards this goal.

The second year of our CAP program builds on the clinical and academic skills and knowledge acquired during the first year, and helps residents prepare for transition to fully independent practice. It also supports them in their preparation for the Royal College Certification Exam in CAP, which is scheduled for the fall following completion of the program. To be eligible for this examination, candidates must already be certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry.

There are about 30 psychiatrists in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Alberta. Several are actively involved with the training program. They provide excellent clinical supervision, academic teaching, and mentorship, as do the psychologists and other allied mental health professionals who are associated with the program.

Our program offers many choices for core and elective/selective horizontal clinical rotations, including child and adolescent inpatient care, consultation/liaison and emergency psychiatry in a tertiary children’s hospital, child and adolescent outpatient and day treatment programs, adolescent forensics, adolescent residential treatment, infant and preschool psychiatry, and a variety of specialty clinics (e.g. Autism, Tourette’s, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Trauma and Attachment Disorders, and Adolescent Addictions and Concurrent Disorders). There are two 1-year longitudinal psychotherapy rotations: family psychotherapy in PGY5, and child and adolescent individual psychotherapy in PGY6. Elective and selective rotations can also be arranged with the Department of Pediatrics. The Department of Psychiatry supports all its residents to enrich their learnings and broaden their perspectives by undertaking electives at other universities.

The Royal College requires that CAP subspecialty residents complete a scholarly project in research, quality improvement, or education. In our program, the scholarly project is structured as a longitudinal rotation in the PGY6 year, with the option for additional horizontal elective time.

The formal academic curriculum in our program is extensive. It includes a Foundations of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Seminar Series, and Academic Days that offer 16 seminars each on Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and Developmental Psychopathology, 8 seminars each on Family Therapy and Individual and Group Therapies, a Journal Club, a seminar series on Normal Child and Adolescent Development, and several other structured academic activities.

Our program recognizes that it is important to actively support its residents in maintaining a healthy work/life balance. With that goal in mind, PGY6 residents are not required to take evening or night call. Instead, Royal College requirements are met by PGY6 residents through a daytime rotation in emergency child and adolescent psychiatry.