Child Psychiatrist Job Description

A child psychiatrist treats children, adolescents and young adults who are experiencing emotional or psychological problems with mood, anxiety, behavior, or attention.

Psychiatrists generally treat mood and anxiety disorders, conduct research, and collaborate with other medical professionals.

Child psychiatrists often specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry, which focuses on children, adolescents and young adults.

According to APA, child psychiatrists can practice general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, or forensic psychiatry.

General psychiatrists treat patients of all ages, child and adolescent psychiatrists treat patients from birth to 18 years old, and forensic psychiatrists treat patients.

Updated on:     
September 15, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Child Psychiatrist who can help us better understand and treat the mental health needs of our young patients.

Child Psychiatrist Duties:

  • Evaluate, diagnose, and treat mental and behavioral conditions in children aged three to 18
  • Maintain accurate and updated patient records, including follow-up notes
  • Develop treatment plans with parents, caregivers, and other children
  • Develop treatment plans, implement treatment plans, and provide referrals
  • Research and evaluate alternative therapies and treatments
  • Attend continuing medical education
  • Provide information about treatment options to patients and their families
  • Administer psychological tests
  • Supervise and train support staff and clerical personnel
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures
  • Maintain professional competence
  • Develop goals, objectives, and strategies for practice development
  • Train other mental health professionals

Child Psychiatrist Responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing and administering a multidisciplinary treatment plan
  • Utilize best practices and evidence-based treatments
  • Supervise and interview staff
  • Utilize electronic medical record keeping
  • Work independently and as a part of a team
  • Maintain patient confidentiality
  • Maintain patient records, insurance files, and billing records
  • Advise patients on proper drug and alcohol use, and serve as their advocate
  • Approve or disapprove changes in patient diagnosis or level of care
  • Research and keep up to date with relevant literature
  • Participate in continuing education
  • Meet with psychiatrists and nurses as needed
  • Perform other duties as required

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Requirements And Skills:

  • Post-doctoral training and/or certification (e.g., Child Psychiatry)
  • At least 2 years of clinical experience in a mental health setting
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

[Company Name] is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We know that a diverse and inclusive team is a strong team. We encourage applications from people of all walks of life, including but not limited to people of all races, religions, national origins, genders, and ages. We also strongly encourage applications from veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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