Postgraduate Medical Education

Residents interested in a career in child and adolescent psychiatry can apply to the subspecialty program in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Western University. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please view our sub-specialty training page.


For psychiatric residents in general adult psychiatry training, there are well developed educational objectives for a core six-month rotation in child and adolescent psychiatry in their PGY3 year. PGY3 residents will participate in telepsychiatry and also gain experience with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and family therapy training.

Residents can complete many electives and selectives in child and adolescent psychiatry at Western University.

With respect to psychotherapy, all residents have the opportunity to follow a child and/or adolescent in short term therapy or long term therapy under supervision. Various treatment modalities are available, including: play therapy, insight-oriented therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, dialectical-behavioural therapy and family therapy.

Residents can gain experience at: CPRI, Vanier Children's Services, Thames Valley District School Board, The London District Catholic School Board, Windsor Regional Children's Centre, Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services, the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, and the Children's Aid Society. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in outreach. There are opportunities for residents to go to under-serviced areas, such as Northern Ontario. Residents can also spend some designated time in research activities.

As for formalized teaching, there is a monthly Journal Club/Complex Case Rounds that focuses on evidence-based practice. There is a monthly Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Interest Group.

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has many exciting opportunities with expertise in a variety of areas including: anxiety disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, attachment disorders, disruptive behaviour disorders, developmental disorders, educational research, and telepsychiatry.

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor has accreditation for core and elective rotations in child and adolescent psychiatry.