PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Welcome to the new website of the Wisconsin Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (WISCCAP)! There is a great deal of useful information here for both the public and WISCCAP members alike. WISCCAP is a state non-profit organization comprised of over 130 practicing child and adolescent (pediatric) psychiatrists throughout Wisconsin. It’s a member of the Assembly of Regional Organizations of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), located in Washington, DC.

If you have not heard of us before, let me take a minute to introduce ourselves. A child and adolescent psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of the thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families. Child and adolescent psychiatrists collaborate closely with allied disciplines like pediatrics, clinical psychology, nursing, social work, and education professionals. However, child psychiatrists bring a unique perspective to mental health issues in youth and families because of their medical background and their strong commitment to the holistic biopsychosocial model of human development.

WICCAP’s mission is to promote the mental and physical well-being of the children, adolescents, and families that we serve in Wisconsin. We labor to achieve this goal through various means: comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, advocacy, prevention, research, collaboration with other professionals, training, and peer membership support. That peer membership support is important to help us in our day to day work, but also to come together and provide a larger collective voice in advocacy. That advocacy includes the education and training of our medical students, residents, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellows to ensure that our profession can continue to care for the children and families of Wisconsin.

Please take a minute to look over the great material available on the site. We would like this website to become a place where our members are able to interact more productively, keep track of local and regional events, and become even more effective at providing care to our patients and their families. We owe a big “Thank You” to Earl Magee, a web/communications contractor in Washington, DC and a great friend of child and adolescent psychiatry, who constructed our website.

We also thank our recent past president, Bill Swift, MD who worked tirelessly to bring this organization renewed enthusiasm and stewarded it into the next era.

Lastly, there are upcoming events that are important for the WISCCAP general membership:
  1. AACAP Legislative Conference, May 11-12, 2017, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

  2. AACAP Spring Assembly of Regional Organizations, Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

  3. WISCCAP Executive Committee Meeting:  Friday, October 6, 2017, Intercontinental Hotel, Milwaukee, WI (immediately following the conclusion of the WPA Conference)

  4. AACAP’s 64th Annual Meeting: October, 23- 28, 2017, Washington, DC
Peace,

Kathleen A. Koth, DO
President, WISCCAP