Southern California Society of Child

& Adolescent Psychiatry

Welcome from the President

Welcome to the Southern California Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Our mission is multifold, as we strive to support child psychiatry as well as the children and families of Southern California. Our purpose includes:

-Community & networking opportunities for Southern California Child Psychiatrists
-Advocacy for children and families with mental health
-Advocacy for child psychiatrists to solidify our ability to provide quality care
-Support for Cal-ACAP (state) & AACAP (national) organizations


We encourage members to join us at the SCSCAP events held throughout the year:

-Annual Members’ Brunch

     A gathering in late summer for all SCSCAP members.

-Joint SCPS/SCSCAP Meeting

     An educational meeting addressing topics that affect both adult and child psychiatrists.

-AACAP Annual Conference

     The national meeting for child psychiatrists.

-Annual Speaker Meeting

     A notable speaker is invited to present a topic of interest.

-Advocacy Day Conferences (State and National)

     Child psychiatrists and our non-profit partners (NAMI, LETS, etc) descend on Sacramento and Washington DC to promote Child Psychiatry and to lobby congress to address mental health reform. (One in Fall and one in Spring)


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We look forward to an eventful 2023 – 2024 year. We welcome suggestions and feedback, and we are always looking for ways to get more of our colleagues involved. We hope to see you this year at the events!



Misty Richards, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Message of Recognition and Support

Dear SCSCAP Community,

On behalf of the SCSCAP Council, we recognize the sadness, pain, and fear that the violence in Israel and Gaza has caused. As child psychiatrists, our hearts go out to the children and families adversely affected by this ongoing conflict and to those with loved ones who are impacted by such devastating loss.


We write now to express our support, while acknowledging the limitations of email during this tremendous time of pain. This tragedy impacts us all in different ways and we are deeply committed to supporting you through community and with resources. We share your grief and stand with you.


Resources from AACAP
· AACAP Facts for Families, "Terrorism & War – How to Talk to Children”
· AACAP Facts for Families, “News & Children”
· AACAP Facts for Families, "Disaster: Helping Children Cope"
· AACAP Disaster Resource Center
· Disaster Liaison Network Resource Library
· Terrorism & War Resource Library


Additional Resources
· Talking to Children About War - The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
· Psychological First Aid for Displaced Children and Families - (NCTSN)
· Coping After Disaster - American Psychiatric Association (APA)
· Suicide and Crisis Hotline: 988
· Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
· Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”)



SCSCAP Executive Council