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318 members

Learn from Finnish child and adolescent psychiatry

  1. Child psychiatry as a field in Finland is now actively developing its assessment and treatment methods based on scientific knowledge.
  2. Child psychiatry collaborates with day care, preschools, schools, child protective services, and other society instances in an attempt to bring the services close to the children and their families.
  3. Research activity in the field is increasing. 

Help out Finnish child and adolescent psychiatry

  1. Though the number of child psychiatrists/population in Finland is rather high, it seems that there are not enough child psychiatrists; workload is high.
  2. Child psychiatry and adolescent psychiatry are separate medical specialization fields, which leads to problems in continuity of care, and training resources are not used optimally.
  3. University resources, such as the amount of teachers and researchers, in the field of child psychiatry and adolescent psychiatry are minimal.

Founding year of the association: 1956. Structure: Board (chair, vice-chair, secretary, 5 regular members, 5 deputy members), Treasurer, Educational Committee (chair+6 members), Scientific Committee (chair+4 members), Ethical Committee (chair+4 members), Board for special competence in child psychotherapy (chair+6 members).
Number of child and adolescent psychiatrists: 232 child psychiatrists, 168 adolescent psychiatrists (year 2014).
Objectives and policy of the Association: the association aims to promote child psychiatric research, treatment, scientific activity, and to act as a bond between doctors interested in child and adolescent psychiatry. The association organizes meetings, educational conferences, promotes the publications in the field, gives statements and presentations, and spreads information about child psychiatric topics. For these purposes the association can be given donations, grants, testament donations.
Means and media: website. Educational system and duration of training: 6 years including 9 months of general practice, 6 months of adult psychiatry, 9 months of child/adolescent/adult/forensic psychiatry, 3-4 years of child psychiatry, 0-1 year adolescent psychiatry and 0-1 year of research.
Fields of exceptional specialisation: psychotherapy, training in child psychotherapy, general hospital psychiatry.
International memberships: European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP), Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section and Board at European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS-CAP), International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP), European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT).

Board members

Eeva Aronen, Chair
Hanna Ebeling
, Past Chair
Marie Korhonen, Secretary


Finnish Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Address: P.O. Box 26,  90029 OYS (Oulu), Finland.
Phone: +358 40 5538306


Updated: 4 May 2018.