Professional Organizations and Journals

For psychiatrists, the major professional organization is the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This organization has a liaison section, referred to in the United Kingdom as a special interest group, which provides peer support, disseminates professional information, and organizes an annual conference. For clinical psychologists, the major professional organization is the British Psychological Society. Comparable organizations are the Association for Child Psychotherapy for child psychotherapists and the General Social Work Council for social workers. Journals that publish in the field include the Archives of General Pediatrics, British Journal of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

The U.K. government has developed professional standards of health care (Department of Health 2003) that include guidelines for pediatric mental health care. Details of these guidelines are discre tionary rather than mandatory. Initial impressions suggest that the guidelines are facilitating the development and greater standardization of consultation-liaison services.

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