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Specialization in Child and Juvenile Psychiatry




3 years

General Description

A specialist in Child and Juvenile Psychiatry is a medical professional with a solid theoretical, practical and ethical training who is able to contribute to preventing and treating illnesses prevalent in the child and adolescent population.

Within this field of medicine, residents will develop a bio-psycho-social vision of their patients’ problems. They will be trained in systemic interventions, including both the family system and the social surroundings.

This program allows participants to develop critical and analytical thinking in order to make the right decisions for the patient and their family as well as contributing to building multidisciplinary networks in mental health.

Child and Juvenile Psychiatrists are professionals capable of promoting wellbeing, preventing, diagnosing and treating illnesses and rehabilitating child and adult patients. They will be able to recognize the psycho-pathological risk factors that precipitate, prolong and aggravate mental illnesses, and will have the theoretical and practical knowledge to take an active role in clinical interventions at the individual, family and community level. They will work towards the common good, with a focus on people and their surroundings, and will be guided by ethical and Christian humanist principals that call for care of the mental and physical integrity of their patients.

Child and juvenile psychiatrists will be trained to address health problems in ambulatory and hospital care settings, at varying levels of complexity. They will apply the clinical and/or scientific method as well as methodological tools from the biomedical and social sciences and research, and will keep their knowledge up-to-date by undertaking ongoing, self-directed study. Additionally, they will be trained to carry out basic clinical research and to apply essential concepts for undergraduate-level teaching.

These professionals will also be trained to lead healthcare teams, using health management tools and working accross multiple disciplines to achieve goals and overcome challenges. They will take into consideration the rational use of existing resources rapid, high-quality care. They will relate to their patients with empathy and assertiveness, putting the physical and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents and their families first and taking into consideration their social and cultural backgrounds.


Provide specialized training to medical professionals in the normal and pathological psychiatry of children and adolescents in a bio-psycho-social context, taking into account existing factors in Chile.

Specific Objectives

  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of normal psychology and pschiatric problems in children and adolescents (natural history of diseases, physiopathology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic and therapeutic processes).
  • Diagnose pathologies prevalent in child and adolescent psychiatry, taking into consideration the patient, their family and surroundings and applying the clinical method.
  • Formulate monitoring plans including laboratory examinations, medical imaging and other procedures, making sure that these are cost-effective for the patient and the health service.
  • Treat common pathologies in child and adolescent psychiatry in ambulatory and hospital settings,
  • Provide treatment for pathologies prevalent in child and juvenile psychiatry in ambulatory and hospital care settings, managing acute pathologies and emergencies using the best available evidence.
  • Apply the basic techniques of systemic psychotherapy and cognitive and behavioral psychotherapy.
  • Form part of multidisciplinary teams for the rehabilitation of patients with serious pathologies and drug dependency.
  • Demonstrate skill in the application of key procedures for this specialization.
  • Demonstrate communication skills allowing for solid doctor-patient relationships and proper channels of communication with healthcare teams and peers.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills, clinical reasoning, self-directed learning and ongoing study applied to clinical issues.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional attitudes in relationships with patients and healthcare teams.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary healthcare teams, facilitating the development of complementary skills in their members and taking positions of leadership.
  • Use basic teaching skills for undergraduate-level teaching.
  • Acquire basic elements for clinical research.

Plan of Studies

The first year of the program will be focused on resolving general problems in child psychiatry. Residents will practice in the clinic run by the specialization.

The second year will cover ambulatory care of patients with more complex pathologies and care of hospitalized patients.

The third year will be dedicated to specializations within psychiatry, neurology, psychotherapy and care of patients in the community.

This is a full-time program requiring exclusive dedication from residents, who will be supervised throughout the course of study.


Candidate Profile

Medical professionals licensed to practice in Chile.


Applicants must have a degree in Medicine and Surgery allowing them to practice medicine in Chile.

This qualification may be any of the following:

  • A degree in Medicine and Surgery from a Chilean university. Students who have graduated earlier in the year but who have not yet received their definitive degree certificate may present a certificate from their university.
  • A degree in medicine and surgery from outside Chile that has been properly authorized by the Chilean authorities and allows the holder to practice medicine in Chile.

Applicants should submit:

  1. National medical qualification
  2. National medical exam for candidates who received their degree outside Chile or graduated from a Chilean university after 2010.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a university professor (not necessarily from the field of specialization)
  4. A personal letter of no more than two pages, explaining the candidate’s reasons for choosing the specialization.
  5. A curriculum vitae including the following aspects:
  • Identification
  • Graduating year
  • University
  • Transcript of course and internship grades
  • Scientific publications
  • Presentations at scientific conferences and seminars
  • Teaching and research assistantships
  • Other activities: professional and social
  • Shortlisted candidates should take a psychological test. In cases where the Health Service participates in the selection process, candidates must also comply with the prerequisites indicated by this body.

Applications for Medical Specializations
Faculty of Medicine
Contact: Telephone: (051) 2 205923


Dr. Marisol Alvarado Vergara
Head of Child and Juvenile Psychiatry Program
Telephone: (56-51) 2205923
Email: mpalvarado@ucn.cl

Director: Dr. Nicolás Velasco Morandé
Telephone: (56-51) 2206810
Email: nvelasco@ucn.cl

Website: http://medicina.sede.ucn.cl/


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