Association of Child Psychiatrists and Psychologists

The Association of Child Psychiatrists and Psychologists (ACPP) was established in 1997, and re-registered in 2006 as a non-profit, non-governmental professional organization that aspires to bring together the child psychiatrists, psychologists, and other professionals engaged in the activities concerned with child and adolescent mental health on a voluntary basis. ACPP unites all child psychiatrists and most of the child psychologists of Armenia, in addition to 7 honorary members from Armenia, USA, the UK, and Switzerland.

The aims of the ACPP is to respond to the mental health needs of children and adolescents in Armenia by informing parents, primary health professionals, and teachers in the early recognition of mental health problems as well as to improve the quality of life and provide comprehensive mental healthcare for children and adolescents suffering from mental health problems in Armenia. We assume that the training of professionals from the primary healthcare system will be an essential step in promoting improvement of the conditions in Armenia's mental healthcare system.

Core Values of the ACPP:

  • Humanitarian principles;
  • Tolerance and respect for all;
  • Ethical conduct and behaviour;
  • Working together towards common goals;
  • An optimistic outlook for the future.

ACPP Projects

  • 2000-2005 ACPP has implemented the "Child and Adolescent Mental Healthcare Project" (CAMH) funded by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), a British charity. The project is primarily involved with promoting the inclusion of the whole family in the treatment process.
  • 1998-2003 Various joint projects were implemented with "SOS Kinderdorf" Children's Village in Kotayk: life skills for children and adolescents, psychological counselling.
  • 2000-2003 Three projects "Public education and training of Primary Health Care professionals" were implemented jointly with Global Initiative on Psychiatry, The Netherlands.
  • 2006 Joint project with GIP - Vilnius on initiating reforms in child and adolescent mental health care service organization.
  • 2005-2006 "Global Child MH" Awareness Campaign were held - WPA / WHO / IACAPAP joint Project.
  • 2007-2008 Antismoking projects for adolescents of Yerevan and Vanadzor schools were implemented.
  • 2000 up to now - various projects funded by Friends of Armenia. (registered charity, UK) Socialization projects with vulnerable groups: life skills, counselling.
  • 2009-2011 "Promoting of the Rights of Children and Adolescents with Mental Health problems in Armenia" funded by European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights.
  • 2010 - "Mental Health Care Project", funded by Seda Gazaryan Memorial Foundation (SGMF).

Main Activities

  • To provide therapeutic service along with a multidisciplinary team approach.
  • To provide a combination of psycho-social and biological approaches of treatment.
  • To develop and promote international standards in therapeutic and prophylactic effort.
  • To enlarge and to expand the number of organizations and individuals involved in CAMH network.
  • To increase the number of sustainable projects in the CAMH field.
  • To encourage the participation of ACPP members in the International Conferences and Meetings.
  • To make new professional contacts and participation in Global MH network.