Certificate of Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and adolescent psychiatryThis page contains information about the Certificate of Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The requirements apply to both trainees and Fellows-in-training.

Training requirements

For each Certificate of Advanced Training, there are specific training requirements (outlined below) in addition to mandatory training requirements that apply to all Certificates of Advanced Training. Specific training requirements for the Certificate of Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry are:

  • Successful completion of 24 months* FTE training in accredited child and adolescent psychiatry training posts, where trainees will be exposed to patients 0–18 years old, including:
    .Expected compentency development during inpatient rotation [PDF; 105 KB]

    • 6 months FTE community setting
    • 6 months FTE inpatient setting (where possible¹).

      *Up to 12 months FTE of research or medical education can be prospectively approved on a case-by-case basis by SATCAP. Trainees are required to maintain their clinical currency by spending at least 0.2 FTE (or 1 day per week) in direct clinical work.
      1In situations where a 6-month FTE inpatient rotation is not possible, a trainee (with their Director of Advanced Training's [DOATs] support) can apply to SATCAP for consideration.

  • The learning and development plan (LDP) agreed with the DOAT no later than six weeks from the commencement of each training year. 
    .Learning and development plan [MS Word; 317 KB]
    .Guidance document to ATCAP Learning and Development plans [PDF; 177 KB]
    .Case record [PDF; 96 KB]

    • The learning plan will include proposed training rotations (with trainee’s signature) and domains similar to the CPD Professional Development Plan. It will also include a record of cases seen, to be completed each 6 months, to enable trainees to track the breadth of their training experience.​

    • Trainees who had completed their 1st LDP prior to Feb 2021 may continue using the original format of the Learning and Development Plan, however their 2nd LDP must use the new format which is now updated and available via the link above.

  • Attainment of eight Stage 3 child and adolescent psychiatry EPAs (see below); two per 6-month FTE rotation. 

    • It is recommended that EPAs 1-–4 are attained in year 1 of Certificate training and EPAs 5–8 are attained in year 2.

    • ​A minimum of three WBAs are required to contribute to the evidence base for each required EPA.

    • Pleas note that the EPAs 1–8 are mandatory for the completion of the Certificate of Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. However EPA9: Infant mental health formulation is an optional EPA and may be completed in additional to and not in lieu of EPAs 1–8.

  • Completion of a mandatory minimum of one Observed Clinical Activity (OCA) WBA with a child, adolescent or family during each 6-month FTE rotation.

    • This applies to all trainees (including transitioning trainees) and Fellows-in-training regardless of OCI pass.

    • ​The OCA will be recorded on the end-of-rotation In-Training Assessment (ITA) form.​

    • This will satisfy the Fellowship OCA requirement for pre-Fellowship trainees.

  • Completion of a recognised, formal child and adolescent psychiatry teaching program.

    • The teaching program can be undertaken while on a break in training depending on the arrangements with the course provider and with the employing health service, where relevant.

  • Provision of psychotherapy to nine discrete patients/dyads/families/groups for at least six sessions each.
    .Psychotherapy form [PDF; 120 KB]

    • The patients should include:
      • three patients under 6 years old
      • three patients 6–12 years old
      • three patients 13–18 years old.
    • Of the above psychotherapy cases, the following modalities must be completed:
      • three structured, manualised (e.g. CBT, IPT)
      • three dynamically informed (e.g. individual, play therapy, parent–child) 
      • three dyadic or family/group in any model (e.g. mother–infant, family/group).
    • Trainees must be supervised by an appropriate supervisor for the particular modality. This could include group supervision.

    • The psychotherapy session may be signed off after the sixth session if the supervisor is satisfied that the therapy was provided adequately, the therapeutic contact may continue after the sign off date.

    • Completion of any three cases will fulfil the Stage 3 Fellowship psychotherapy requirement for pre-Fellowship trainees.

  • Submission of final qualitative report to the DOAT.

    • To be indicated as complete on the final end-of-rotation ITA form (under DOAT declaration) and then submitted to SATCAP Chair.

  • Completion of (formative) mid-rotation and (summative) end-of-rotation ITAs.
    .Stage 3 trainee mid-rotation ITA form [PDF; 492 KB]
    .Stage 3 trainee end-of-rotation ITA form [PDF; 521 KB]
    .Fellow-in-training mid-rotation ITA form [PDF; 276 KB]
    .Fellow-in-training-end-of-rotation ITA form {PDF; 306 KB]

    • End-of-rotation ITA forms must be submitted within 60 days of the completion of each rotation.

  • Submission of checklist & sign off
    .Checklist & sign off [PDF; 179 KB]

    • To be signed by the trainee, DOAT and SATCAP Chair as declaration and confirmation that the trainee has satisfactorily completed the requirements of the Certificate training program.

    • See Certificate award process for details.

The requirements listed here were approved by the Subcommittee of Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (SATCAP) on 24 September 2015.

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.Child and adolescent psychiatry EPAs and COE forms [PDF; 259 KB] (combined document)

EPA number

EPA title




Independently conducts an initial family interview involving children and adolescents.




Discussing a formulation and negotiating a management plan with a pre-adolescent child and/or family.




Produces comprehensive psychiatric reports after initial assessment of children, adolescents and their families.




Commencing psychopharmacological treatment for children and adolescents who have not previously been treated with psychopharmacology.




Provision of psychiatric consultation to the multidisciplinary team for the management of a child or adolescent in an inpatient setting.




Conducts an assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse children and adolescents.




Provides leadership in an interagency case conference focused on a child or adolescent.




Assesses and implements a management plan for a complex clinical presentation where there are ongoing child protection concerns.



ST3-CAP-AOP-EPA9 Conducts comprehensive assessment of child under three presenting with feeding and sleeping problems and presents the formulation to the family EPA COE

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Forms and documents – child and adolescent psychiatry

Workplace-based Assessments (WBAs)

Please direct all enquiries to training@ranzcp.org.

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