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 (CyCAP) was founded in 2002, in Nicosia, and it represents all practicing Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists of the country, that is, those working in the public health sector as well as those in the private health sector. The society has twenty registered members. The Board of the Society consists of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Counselor, all elected for two years at a time. Seventeen child and adolescent psychiatrists are active in Cyprus at the moment. Currently, new colleagues are under training, doing their residency at the 2 university hospitals of the country. The main goal of the society is the improvement of child and adolescent psychiatric services, particularly now as a new national health care system is being implemented in Cyprus, and generally to contribute to the development of awareness on the mental health of children and adolescents via the psychoeducation of the general public.
The Society participates in national and European congresses as well as in European and national projects. 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.
Cypriot Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – CySCAP
52 Digeni Akrita Avenue, 1061, Nicosia Cyprus
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Updated: Sept 2021