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Child and adolescent psychiatry higher training

Child and adolescent psychiatry is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on the mental health of children and adolescents. Trainees on the programme participate in a structured clinical and educational experience that includes hands-on training in various specialist areas, such as:

  • Neuro-developmental
  • Early intervention psychosis
  • Crisis
  • Eating disorders
  • Forensics
  • Substance abuse
  • Learning disability
  • Community intensive teams

Each trainee on the programme also spends 6 months in an inpatient unit.

Trainees have the opportunity to gain experience in psychological therapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, family therapies etc.

The training programme has close links with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department within Cardiff University School of Medicine, which is headed by Prof. Anita Thapar. As a result trainees benefit from the strong research environment and multiple opportunities to teach medical students.

We have a long history of successful training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and trainees benefit from a strongly collegiate and friendly environment.

Each trainee is allocated an Educational Supervisor (accredited by the Wales Deanery) who oversees the full 3 years of training. In addition, trainees have a Clinical Supervisor for each of their placements.

There is an academic teaching programme that runs for 23 days per year.


  • Dr Cara Maiden is the Training Programme Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Programme. She is happy to be contacted via email to answer any questions potential applicants to the programme may have.