Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses (ACAPN) Division
The Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses (ACAPN), formerly
Advocates for Child Psychiatric Nursing, was founded in 1971. ACAPN was, and is, dedicated to offering an association of support, networking, advocacy and education for
children and their families and the nurses who provide care for them. Members range from the
psychiatric staff nurse Generalist in the secure adolescent unit, to the advanced practice Clinical Nurse Specialist who provides psychotherapy, consultation, and
psychopharmacological intervention in various settings including inpatient, outpatient, schools,
and community mental health centers, to the doctorate-level prepared PhD and DNS teaching in university settings or conducting research.
- Promote mental health of infants, children, adolescents and their families through clinical practice, public policy and research.
- Promote excellence in the education of child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioners.
- Promote communication among child and adolescent psychiatric nurses.
- Foster public awareness and professional recognition of specialty practice in child and adolescent psychiatric nursing.
- Promote the delivery of mental health services that are culturally sensitive and provided in the least restrictive setting.
- Promote advanced practice in child and adolescent psychiatric nursing.
- Promote improvements in the clinical care of children and adolescents with mental illnesses through research and education.
ACAPN's Goals 2009-2010
- Increase visibility of ACAPN as a known entity to the public
- Increase communication among members
- Represent mental health issues, especially of children, adolescents and families at different public venues
ACAPN Publications and Resources
ACAPN Updates - Check out the current newsletter for updates.