With the changes to NP certifications that came with the Consensus Model, the adult and child/adolescent psych NP is being phased out in favor of the family or lifespan psych NP. I'm curious what others think about this.
It really baffled me since mental health care for adults and children is so different. On the medical side,psychiatrist are trained as generalist (focused on adult) with child/adolescent psychiatry considered a subspecialty. Most other mental health providers are trained for age-specific populations as well (clinical psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers). I know there's been to family psych NP around for some time as an option but it seem strange to me to require new PMHNPs to cover the whole lifespan when their interest/skills may be with only a particular age group.
I know part of the reason for the change involves the shortage of child psych providers similar to the merging of adult and gero NPs. But geriatrics is already part of adult specialties and with an aging population, the added gero content makes much more sense.