President’s Message

Welcome to the Wisconsin Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (WISCCAP)

Greetings and welcome to the official website of the Wisconsin Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (WISCCAP). Established as a distinguished state non-profit organization, WISCCAP comprises dedicated child and adolescent psychiatrists from across Wisconsin. We are a member of the Assembly of Regional Organizations of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), based in Washington, DC.

A Compassionate Focus on Youth Mental Health

In a time where the mental well-being of our young generation faces unprecedented challenges, WISCCAP stands as an advocate for the mental health of children, adolescents, and their families. We recognize the urgent need to address the current mental health crisis that affects our youth. Our focus is on fostering an environment of understanding, support, and healing through collaboration, professional excellence, and the advancement of mental health awareness.

Our Ethos and Objectives

At WISCCAP, we embrace the principles of child and adolescent psychiatry as a vital medical discipline. Our members are dedicated medical doctors specializing in the assessment and treatment of mental health challenges that young patients and their families may encounter. These challenges encompass a spectrum of mood, thought, and behavioral difficulties. We work in close harmony with a diverse range of professionals, including pediatricians, family practitioners, nurses, clinical psychologists, mental health counselors, educators, and social workers.

Championing the Mission: Our Aims and Endeavors

The core mission of WISCCAP is to promote the mental and physical well-being of Wisconsin’s children, adolescents, and their families. Our endeavors encompass a multi-faceted approach, including comprehensive diagnosis and treatment intervention, prevention of mental health difficulties, collaborative partnerships with fellow professionals, advocacy on behalf of our patients and families, and active involvement in education, research, and peer support.

Education and Nurturing Future Child Psychiatrists

Central to our commitment is the nurturing of future child and adolescent psychiatrists through mentorship. We partner with medical students, residents, and child and adolescent psychiatric fellows to provide connections between experienced practitioners and emerging professionals. These mentorship relationships provide invaluable guidance, wisdom, and support, equipping the next generation with the skills and insights required to address the evolving landscape of children’s mental health.

A Heartfelt Acknowledgment

We extend our sincere appreciation to past leaders and contributors, whose dedication has propelled WISCCAP’s ongoing efforts. Individuals such as Michael Witkovsky, MD, Gabriella Hangiandreou, MD, Kathleen Koth, DO, and Bill Swift, MD have provided inspirational leadership, guiding us in our unwavering commitment to serve the children, adolescents, and families of Wisconsin.

In the face of challenges, WISCCAP remains resolute in its pursuit of championing the mental and physical health of our state’s youth. Together, we can create a brighter, more resilient future.

Warm regards,

Jennifer Fischer, MD
President, Wisconsin Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (WISCCAP)