Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty

Welcome to the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and Western University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Residency Program website.

Our program is well established and experienced in providing CAP subspecialty education. We received accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada in 2012, making Western one of the longest running CAP programs in the country.

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University CAP Subspecialty program supports collegiality and resident wellness, with a robust curriculum that includes process support with narrative reflection and volunteering opportunities. 

We support residents in achieving their career goals by offering a flexible, adaptable program to meet individual learning needs. We have innovative learning opportunities such as our education administrator/leadership training program.

Our program has provided collaborative support for residents to concurrently receive a Masters in Education, and we have introduced the opportunity to acquire a Masters in Business Administration. We have also supported a Masters in Epidemiology. These opportunities are uniquely reflective of our philosophy of innovation and adaptability to our trainee’s needs and aspirations.

We provide 2 years of curriculum in a full academic day format.

We have 5 training sites in London, Ontario, including several training sites in rural and urban Southwestern Ontario communities (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor) outside of London. We also have a robust Telepsychiatry service to more remote communities. We have over 25 clinical training opportunities.

Some examples of clinical training opportunities that residents have participated in include:

London Health Sciences Centre: Inpatient, Day Treatment, Ambulatory Clinics, Eating Disorders Inpatient, Eating Disorders Day Treatment, Eating Disorders Ambulatory Clinic, First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP), The Prevention and Early Prevention Program for Psychosis (PEPP), Sleep Medicine, Gender Identity Disorder, Pediatric Medicine, Pediatric Neurology Clinics.

Parkwood Mental Health: Inpatient and Ambulatory/Outreach

Vanier Children's Centre:  Residential, Day Treatment, Ambulatory clinics

Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI): Residential and ambulatory services including developmental pediatric clinics, The Brake Shop (Tic Disorders, OCD, and impulse control), Selective Mutism Clinic, Sexual Behaviours Clinic

We have a dedicated team providing psychotherapy training to residents. Psychotherapy training is available in Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy for Adolescents, Play Therapy, Trauma based therapies, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

CAP has a wide range of opportunities for research.   Residents have participated in Quality Assurance, psychotherapy research, education scholarship and clinical research.

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University welcomes all applicants who are eligible to obtain the FRCPC Specialty in Psychiatry.  The first step in our application process includes a file review. Following this review, selected applicants will be invited for interview. Applicants will be considered for final selection and acceptance into the program based on the file review, interview, and overall impression of Goodness of Fit: the program’s fit with the resident's future career goals.

Please note some preference is given to Western University applicants at the stage of the file review. No preference is given during the interview stage, the Goodness of Fit discussion will be based on objective criteria that will be applied to all applicants.

Further information regarding applications can be found in the sub-speciality training page.

Patricia Hall, BSc., BA, MD, FRCPC
Associate Professor
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Program Director,
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University