21 February 2023

Dr Matthew Hodes, Consultant in  Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Westminster CAMHS, was awarded the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) medal for 10 years work as Editor of the associated Monographs. He was presented with the award at the IACAPAP Congress Dubai on 5 to 9 December 2022.

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The  IACAPAP is a non-governmental organisation that  organizes a biennial congress, regular study groups, and ongoing support for the training and development of child and adolescent mental health professionals across the globe.

IACAPAP  has a long tradition of publishing books [Monographs] that  amplify and reflect the themes of the congresses. Matthew became joint Editor of  the books in 2012 and Lead Editor in 2014.  Since the 2016 book,  title “Positive Mental Health, Fighting Stigma, and Promoting Resiliency”  they have been   available open-access on the IACAPAP website.  

The book prepared for the  congress taking place in Dubai,  the “City of the Future” is entitled  “Shaping the Future of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Towards  Technological  Advances and Service Innovations”. The editors are Dr Matthew Hodes and  Professor Petrus de Vries, University of Cape Town. The book  has three themes.  The first is the impact of the internet and digital technologies on the mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents, including computerised therapies, and the fundamental role of technologies to advance knowledge in the field. The second theme harnesses the expansion of knowledge on psychiatric disorders and their treatment for children and adolescents, exemplified by chapters on different kinds of adversity in child and adolescent mental health and a chapter on precision therapeutics. Given the location of the IACAPAP Congress, the third theme focuses on research and training in child and adolescent mental health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

The book is available for purchase directly from the publisher or from other online sources.

From September 2023 the book will be freely available as an open-access resource to the global CAMH community via the IACAPAP website.