How To Be an Advocate
Do you want to help to improve services for youth with mental illness, but aren't sure how to start?
Do you want to develop the skills to be a voice for your patients and your profession?
AACAP develops tools and trainings for members looking to hone their advocacy skills and get involved. Download our advocacy tools and training materials, and listen to our webinars below.
Check out AACAP's series of advocacy webinars, which provide online training to help develop the advocacy knowledge and skills that are critical to a child and adolescent psychiatrist's professional practice.Click here to listen to past webinars. More topics coming soon!
Advocacy Training Presentations
AACAP regularly provides web-based advocacy training for AACAP Regional Organizations and psychiatry training programs. If you are interested in organizing a training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To view and download slides from past trainings, please click here. (member log-in required)
Grassroots Advocacy Tools
A key component of AACAP's approach to advocacy is the strength of our grassroots network. Use the resources below to improve your advocacy at the state and local levels.
The Trainee Advocate Program (TAP) is designed to facilitate and support AACAP trainee members to get involved in mental health advocacy early in their careers. Click here for more information and to get started!
Ontario put together a website and pamphlets for providers, families and patients on cannabis ahead of legalization:
Marijuana caused more damage to teens' brains than alcohol, study finds
Marijuana use may pose a greater risk to the developing brains of teenagers than alcohol consumption, according to a new study this week.
The analysis, published Wednesday in the American Journal of Psychiatry, found that cannabis had greater short and long-term consequences than alcohol on four key components of teens' memory. The finding greatly surprised researchers.
Check out AACAP's Facts for Families: Marijuana and Teens.