Certification of Special Qualifications in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the Certification of Special Qualifications (CSQ) in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, candidates must meet the criteria below:

  • Hold AOBNP certification in general psychiatry that is active and in good standing
  • Satisfactorily complete four (4) years of AOA approved training, of which two (2) years must be of an AOA-approved training program in child psychiatry, and at least two (2) years of AOA-approved residency training in general or child psychiatry, or one (1) year of general psychiatry and one (1) year of an AOA-approved residency training program in pediatrics.
  • Successfully sit for and pass all sections of the certification examination, which will consist of three (3) parts: (1) a written examination; (2) a clinical examination of a live child or adolescent patient; (3) an oral examination without patient, covering consultation, liaison, and community psychiatry. Video vignettes of child or adolescent patients will also be included in this segment. The live patient interview will include history, mental status followed by discussion of diagnosis and treatment.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit and file an application on a standard form provided by this Board, and must bear the signatures of two physicians as endorsements. The two endorsements must be made by any two of the following who have a personal knowledge of the applicant and the applicant’s work:

  • Hospital Chief of Staff
  • Residency Program Director
  • AOBNP or ABNP Certified Psychiatrist or Neurologist
  • Hospital Department Director
  • Hospital Vice President of Medical Affairs

The application shall include the following documentation:

A. Osteopathic Residents

  1. Graduation from an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
  2. Satisfactory completion of an AOA-approved internship.
  3. A letter from the director of the residency program certifying that the applicant is within six (6) months of completion of residency program and that he/she is in good standing.

B. ACGME Residents

  1. Graduation from an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
  2. Satisfactory completion of an AOA-approved internship.
  3. A letter from the director of the residency program certifying that the applicant is within six (6) months of completion of residency program and that he/she is in good standing.
  4. A letter from the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists granting approval of the program as being complete.

C. The application may include letters of endorsement.

D. The applicant must be a member in good standing of the AOA.

E. The completed application shall be filed with the Secretary- Treasurer of this Board accompanied the required fee.

F. Upon successful completion of the written examination and AOA approval of residency training, the applicant is eligible for the oral/clinical portion of the examination.

G. The applicant for certification is required to practice the specialty as stated in the Regulations and Requirements of the Board. Except as otherwise stated by certification, a minimum of seventy-five percent (75%) of the total practice must be within the scope of the specialty.

H. All case records and case reports furnished by the applicant for certification to this Board, in support of the specialty training program, shall become the property of this Board.