Gregory P. Barclay, M.D., Editor
On August 1, 2009, The American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry (ABAP) ceased to exist as an independent organization, the result of a planned merger with The American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry (ASAP). ASAP has assumed full responsibility for the re-certification process for all of the current ABAP Diplomates. In addition, the day to day administrative procedures, staff and offices remain unchanged since heretofore they were handled by Francis Bell, ASAP’s Executive Director. In particular, records and certification will continue to be maintained with the same integrity as in the past.
A new Council on Certification in Adolescent Psychiatry has been developed, and the former ABAP functions will be assumed by this new council. Accordingly, Richard Ratner, M.D. has assumed the duties of Chair of the Council on Certification in Adolescent Psychiatry.
In addition to maintaining the certification status for existing Diplomates, the Council on Certification in Adolescent Psychiatry is committed to developing a new certification exam. The Council will be working on this task in the months ahead and is seeking input from ASAP members and ABAP Diplomates in its development. If you are interested in assisting us with this process, please contact Frances Bell.
We are happy to see this merger finally come to pass, as it allows for the process of Certification in Adolescent Psychiatry to continue under the sponsorship of the only national organization devoted exclusively to Adolescent Psychiatry. We invite all ABAP Diplomates who currently are not members of ASAP to join at this time. In addition to the many individual benefits of membership, a strong ASAP will help strengthen our identities and the value of our certifications as adolescent psychiatrists in difficult times. Prospective members may check our websitewww.adolpsych.org, or contact Frances Bell at (972) 613-0985 for a copy of the most recent Newsletter and a membership application.