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SWISS SOCIETY FOR CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY or Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und -psychotherapie (SGKJPP/SSPPEA)
552 ordinary members and 94 trainee members

Switzerland has more than seven million inhabitants, including about 1.7 million (23 percent) 0 to 19 year olds. The first child and adolescent psychiatric clinic in Switzerland was founded in 1921. The Swiss Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (CAPP) was founded in 1957. In spring 2005, the society had 561 members. Five universities in Switzerland hold a chair for child and adolescent psychiatry: Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel and Zurich. Besides private practices for child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy there are 27 institutions for it. These 27 institutions treat in- and out-patients and day clinic patients, and are entitled to provide postgraduate training.
Medical doctors who want to specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy have to fulfill a six year lasting program including passing a final exam. The training contains four years in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy, one year in adult psychiatry and one year in a somatic discipline (such as pediatrics, neurology, etc). During these years, candidates also have to train in one of the three following psychotherapeutic directions: psychodynamic/psychoanalytic, systemic or cognitive/behavioural.

Challenges of the Swiss society:
- Strenghten the lobby for children in general, for child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy in particular.
- Secure a high quality in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy, including research.
- Approve help for all children and their families who need support from child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy.
- Approve support for families and their children who immigrated to Switzerland.
- Strenghten the network with allied professions.
Board members

Bigna Keller, Co-President
Stephan Eliez, Co-President
Oliver Bilke Hentsch, President ARGE CA/LA
Bruno Rhiner, President of the Commission for Continuing Education and Training
Maya Cosentino, President ARGE OA/AA
Susanne Walitza, Communication Commission
Laurence Mundinger, ARGE Independent Practitioners

Schweizerische Fachgesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und -psychotherapie / Societé suisse de psychiatrie et psychotherapie d'enfants et d'adolescents – SGKJPP/SSPPEA.
Address: Geschäftsstelle SGKJPP, Altenbergstr. 29, Postfach 686, CH-3000 Bern 8, Switzerland.
Phone: +41 31 313 88 34
Last updated 20th December 2023