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CySCAP – CYPRIOT SOCIETY OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY. 20 members

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Learn from Cypriot child and adolescent psychiatry

  1. A good collaboration between child and adolescent psychiatrists and the ministry of Education, school professionals and the Task Force on School Violence for the following: 
    a. Treatment of students who are referred to child psychiatrists by the schools, educational psychologists or the Task Force on School Violence.
    b. Meetings with relevant specialists regarding each case.
    c. Organizing seminars for educators.
  2. Limit of prejudice regarding our specialty and the hesitation of parents to seek psychiatric consultation for their children. 
  3. The creation of a public inpatient unit for children and adolescents who suffer from mental health disorders as well as the creation of public outpatient unit for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. This was achieved after the long persistence of some fellow psychiatrists.

Help out Cypriot child and adolescent psychiatry

  1. There is a lack of supportive infrastructure: day-centers, facilities for minors with mental health disorders and for juvenile delinquents. Moreover, there are no hostels under the supervision of child and adolescent psychiatrists for the accommodation of minors who suffer from mental health disorders.
  2. Bureaucracy hinders the efficiency of the cooperation between the Social Services and the Mental Disorder Specialists despite their willingness to work together for the well-being of the child.
  3. The researching activities of the child and adolescent psychiatrists in Cyprus are relatively poor compared with their considerable clinical experience due to the inadequate funding of researching programs in national lever.

PROFILE

The Cypriot Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was founded in 2002 in Nicosia, and it now has about twenty members (seventy per cent of the child and adolescent psychiatrists and thirty per cent of adult psychiatrists and pediatricians). The Board of the Society consists of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Counselor, all elected for two years.
Fourteen child and adolescent psychiatrists are active in Cyprus. The aim of the society is the advancement of child and adolescent psychiatry and generally its contribution to the development of mental health of children and adolescents.

The association participates in national and European congresses as well as in European and national projects:
a. Milestone: European Mapping of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and of Transition Policies (28 European countries participated).
b. Provision of primary care for the promotion of children’s early psychosocial development (1995-1998, WHO/EU funding. Participating countries: UK, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Turkey).
c. European Early Promotion Program (1998- 2002, Cyprus Government / EU – Leonardo da Vinci Program funding, participating countries : Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Lithuania).
d. Interstates actions of research, and installment of technological innovations in Services to prevent violence in Childhood and Adolescence (Interreg IIIA, participating countries : Cyprus , Greece).
e. Awareness raising and prevention of bullying among students: Developmental and Implementation of School Training Programme for teachers (12/2/2008 - 12/2/2010, Daphni III JLS/ 2007/ DAP- 1/015 project , participating countries: Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Poland).
f. ASD (autistm spectrum disorder) National Research Program.

Cypriot child and adolescent psychiatrists do their training abroad as there is no training in child and adolescent speciality in Cyprus yet. Nevertheless, the latter insufficiency will be fulfilled through the establishment of the child and adolescent traineeship in public hospitals. Currently, there is the possibility for medical students to attend as interns.

Fields of exceptional specialisation:
1. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
2. Systemic – family psychotherapy.
3. Family therapy for eating disorders for children and adolescents.
4. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

International memberships: UMES (section of child and adolescent psychiatry), ESCAP.

BOARD

Kallisteni Pantelidou Vorka, president.
Dimitra Dioritou
, vice president.
George Kapoulas, secretary.
Panayiota Mama, treasurer.
Louiza Veresie, counselor.

CONTACT

Cypriot Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – CySCAP
Kennenty 77, 1076 Nicosia, Cyprus
Phone: 0035799409766
E-mail: cpsych@cytanet.com.cy

Updated: 10 May 2017.