What is a child and adolescent psychiatrist?

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists are medically trained and certified psychiatrists that have a sub-specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry. They are well trained in individual, family, group, and couples psychotherapy and they use a developmental perspective when assessing and treating patients. They can treat children in the context of their families, schools, and communities.

Child psychiatrists can work in schools, hospitals, or mental health clinics. They can also open their own practices.

How are child and adolescent psychiatrists trained?

Child and Adolescent psychiatrist must complete medical school and their general psychiatry residency before training to be a child and adolescent psychiatrist. This training is an additional two years on top of their eight years of medical and psychiatric training. In order to be board certified as child and adult psychiatrists, they must also be board certified as general psychiatrists. This means that child and adolescent psychiatrists can treat adults as well as children and adolescents.

What’s the difference between a child psychologist and a child psychiatrist?

Both psychologists and psychiatrists are trained in providing therapy. For many, the easiest distinction is that psychiatrists may prescribe medication.