Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Psychologist June 2013

The Psychologist June 2013

The June 2013 issue of The Psychologist is published by the British Psychological Society. To download a full PDF or to subscribe to the print version, see www.bpsshop.org.uk
 You may read here as well - issuu.com/thepsychologist/docs/0613?e=0/2587940

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Definitions of Psychopathology

psychopathology

psychopathology /psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gy/ (-pah-thol´ah-je)
1. the branch of medicine dealing with the causes and processes of mental disorders.
2. abnormal, maladaptive behavior or mental activity.

Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


psychopathology,
n 1. the study of the causes, processes, and manifestations of mental disorders.
n 2. the behavioral manifestation of any mental disorder.
Mosby's Dental Dictionary, 2nd edition. © 2008 Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gy (sī'kō-pă-thol'ŏ-jē)
1. Science concerned with pathology of mind and behavior.
2. Science of mental and behavioral disorders.
[psycho- + G. pathos, disease, + logos, study]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012



Excerpt from Henry VIII Would Be A Modern Day Psychopath
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/henry-viii-modern-day-psychopath-234910932.html#P9vTdBH

A study of some of the most successful people in British history has found that only one - Henry VIII - was a psychopath.The theory was that in order to be highly successful, a person had to show the sort of charm, selfishness and ruthlessness common to psychopaths.When ranked against the 'psychopathic spectrum', Henry VIII - who beheaded two of his wives - scored 174 against a 'starting' psychopath score of 168. "He scored very highly for emotional detachment and cold-hearted ruthlessness - both characteristics of dangerous psychopaths. The characteristics said to be shared by all psychopaths are: Machiavellian self-interest, persuasiveness, physical fearlessness, emotional detachment, rebelliousness, feelings of alienation, carefree spontaneity, and coolness under pressure"Psychopathy is a spectrum. Many people have some psychopathic tendencies. Just because a person is a psychopath, it doesn't make them a serial killer.


Image source - http://www.psychology.uci.edu/research/psychopathology.html

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Difference Between Fear and Phobia (Mental Health Guru)


Source - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tEIh_fJ_9g

 A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder and is defined as an intense irrational fear of a particular situation, object, animal or activity. People who suffer from a phobia may experience extreme emotional and physical reactions when encountering their particular fear. There's a big difference between temporary anxiety that's experienced occasionally and the often crippling uncontrollable fear that can result in a person going to a great lengths to avoid their phobia.

 Phobias various symptoms

1) Rapid heartbeat
2) Dizziness
3) Shortness of breath
4) Excessive sweating
5) Trembling
6) Weakness

Most people with phobia realize their fear is excessive and irrational but they typically are unable to overcome their feelings of dread and the often desperate need to escape the subject of their phobia. Ultimately this may interfere with the ability to function in daily life.

3 Main categories of phobia 

1) Specific/simple phobia - irrational fear of a very specific situation, animal or object (fear of dog, spider, etc)

2) Social phobia - anxiety disorder - intensely fearful of being singled out, talking to strangers, ridicule, eating or showing embarrassment in social situations (e.g. fear of public speaking)

3) Agoraphobia - fear of any situation where it may be difficult to escape or get help if needed. They feel unsafe in any public place and maybe comes so disabled by their fear that they become housebound.

Phobias are the most common anxiety disorder among women and the second most common anxiety disorder among men over twenty five. For people who suffer from phovia the effects can be life altering. Their lives are often planned around avoiding, concealing or defending their phobia while struggling to cope with their fear. Most phobias can be successfully treated.

(Note - text is based from the transcript of the video)

Resources 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobia

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/phobia_symptoms_types_treatment.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_phobias

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Personality Teachers Note

This file was originally accessed here : https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2BT0DYtSSw5ajdJa1l1MDVuOEE/edit
 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review Centers for Psychology and Psychometrician Licensure Exam

Below are list of review centers for the licensure or board exam of psychology and psychometry in the Philippines found online. I am not connected with any of them and not endorsing any. Since this site is a resource place so info about these review centers are shared here (this is my disclaimer).  Please use the comment section to share your feedback and experience with them and also if you know of other review centers in your area please post their link at the comment section as well.





About

LCUP Review Center for the Licensure Exam in Psychology is the first review center in Bulacan for Psychology graduates, affordable to all learners with quality excellence.

Mission

LCUP Psychological Review Center aims to develop professional psychologists who can prepare an objectives and effective psychological evaluation. Can use and apply critical thinking and smart judgement in evaluating psychological tests and it's implication, equip with excellent interpersonal skills, ethical work standards anchored on Christ-centered values.

Description

LCUP envisions itself to be a provider of professionally competent behavioral scientists, practitioners and steward leaders towards the conductive transformation of human society.

Contact Info
Phone 09261793363, 09352344239
Email aira.alvaro@yahoo.com.ph/clarisse31@yahoo.com






About
SPARK Psychology Review Center is the first review center for future psychometricians and psychologists. ENROLLMENT IS ONGOING at http://sparkreviewcenter.com/.


Contact Info
Location Suite 22C Level 22, Tower One Ayala Triangle, Ayala Avenue, 1200 Makati
Phone +63942-81-SPARK; (02) 368-5636
Email support@sparkreviewcenter.com





About/ Description
Mega Minds Review Center is propelled by MTO Group of Companies. It offers quality and intensive review that moves away from the traditional approach of learning. It is guided by the principles of Motivation, Tenacity and Opportunities, which are highly considered as keys to success. Join the review center that is headed only by the best. This is where future psychologists begin...

Contact Info

Address    Ground Floor, Gervacio Bldg., Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village Makati City 
                (back of  Makati Cinema Square).
Landline    808-6540
Mobile       09279579804
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THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT
PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
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Review Center for Allied Professions (RCAP), the pioneer review center in Nursing, producers of topnotchers and board passers, is now READY TO TAKE THE LEAD IN PSYCHOMETRY LICENSURE EXAMINATION REVIEW.

If you are a AB/BS Psychology, MA/MS Psychology, Ph.D. Psychology graduate wanting to become a Registered Psychometrician and Psychologist, RCAP can provide you with the skills required to meet the standards and language in preparation of achieving your license.

The review program is designed to expose the reviewees to the different psychological theories, concepts and applications. It also aims to develop the critical thinking and judgement of the test-takers in the Psychologist and Psychometrician Board Examination.

Subjects/Courses included in the Review Program:
1. Theories of Personality
2. Abnormal Psychology
3. Industrial Psychology
4. Psychological Assessment

Review Specialists:
1. Prof. Paulo Manuel Macapagal, MAP-PLM
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Review classes are every Saturdays and Sundays only. 8am to 5pm
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Industrial Psychology



From wikipedia:

Industrial and organisational psychology (also known as I-O psychology or work psychology) is the scientific study of employees, workplaces, and organizations. Industrial and organizational psychologists contribute to an organization's success by improving the performance, satisfaction, and well-being of its employees. An I-O psychologist conducts research on employee behaviors and attitudes, and how these can be improved through hiring practices, training programs, feedback, and management systems.[1] I-O psychologists also help organizations transition among periods of change and development. Industrial and organizational psychology is related to organizational behavior and human capital.
 [1] 'Building Better Organizations' Brochure published by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Retrieved fromhttp://www.siop.org/visibilitybrochure/memberbrochure.aspx 

Related Links:

http://www.socialpsychology.org/io.htm

http://psychology.about.com/od/psychologycareerprofiles/p/iopsychcareers.htm

http://capone.mtsu.edu/pmccarth/

http://psychology.uwo.ca/csiop/

http://www.siop.org/

http://kerry43.hubpages.com/hub/What-is-Industrial-Organizational-Psychology


Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5FC6CuVppQ

http://video.about.com/psychology/What-Are-Industrial-Organizational-Psychology-Careers-.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnlw9R8Y63M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zSu-cr6G3E


Slides
http://www.slideshare.net/guhyunjin/industrial-psychology-yyyy

http://www.saylor.org/courses/psych304/

http://www.slideshare.net/manpreetsaini104/industrial-psychology-13828730

http://www.powershow.com/view/e43a9-Y2EyM/PSY_231_Introduction_to_Industrial_and_Organizational_Psychology_powerpoint_ppt_presentation




Monday, June 17, 2013

Psychological Assessment



According to Philippine law, RA 10029,  Psychological assessment is the: "gathering and integration of psychology-related data for the purpose of making a psychological evaluation, accomplished through a variety of tools, including individual tests, projective tests, clinical interview and other psychological assessment tools, for the purpose of assessing diverse psychological functions including cognitive abilities, aptitudes, personality characteristics, attitudes, values, interests, emotions and motivations, among others, in support of psychological counseling, psychotherapy and other psychological interventions."

In the book authored by Munarriz and Cervera, Psychological Testing in the Philippines: Practice, Directions and Perspectives (2013), they made a clear distinction with words such as psychometrics, psychological testing, and psychological assessment:

 Psychometrics then refers to the theory, technique and development of psychological measurements; psychological testing, to the application of tests, and; psychological assessment, to the use of tests, among others to do a psychological evaluation.


Related Links:

http://assessmentpsychology.com/psychometrics.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychometrics

http://psychcentral.com/lib/2011/what-is-psychological-assessment/

http://www.psychpage.com/article_index.html#PsychAssessment

http://www.psychpage.com/learning/library/assess/assess.html

http://cambridgepsychometrics.com/wiki/doku.php?id=public:what_is_psychometrics


Slides



Videos




Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Prayer of Saint Fancis



The Prayer of Saint Fancis


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.



O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.



I love these comforting verses, something that strengthen and uplift the soul.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Theories of Personality




The source for this excerpt below is wikipedia.

Personality psychology is a branch of psychology that studies personality and its individual differences. Its areas of focus include:
  • Construction of a coherent picture of the individual and his or her major psychological processes
  • Investigation of individual differences
"Personality" is a dynamic and organized set of characteristics possessed by a person that uniquely influences his or her cognitionsemotionsmotivations, and behaviors in various situations. The word "personality" originates from the Latin persona, which means mask. In the theatre of the ancient Latin-speaking world, the mask was not used as a plot device to disguise the identity of a character, but instead was a convention employed to represent or typify that character.
Personality also refers to the pattern of thoughts, feelings, social adjustments, and behaviors consistently exhibited over time that strongly influences one's expectations, self-perceptions, values, and attitudes. It also predicts human reactions to other people, problems, and stress.[1][2] There is still no universal consensus on the definition of "personality" in psychology. Gordon Allport (1937) described two major ways to study personality: the nomothetic and the idiographicNomothetic psychology seeks general laws that can be applied to many different people, such as the principle of self-actualization or the trait of extraversionIdiographic psychology is an attempt to understand the unique aspects of a particular individual.
The study of personality has a broad and varied history in psychology with an abundance of theoretical traditions. The major theories include dispositional (trait) perspective, psychodynamic, humanistic, biological, behaviorist, evolutionary and social learning perspective. However, many researchers and psychologists do not explicitly identify themselves with a certain perspective and instead take an eclectic approach. Research in this area is empirically driven, such as dimensional models, based on multivariate statistics, such as factor analysis, or emphasizes theory development, such as that of the psychodynamic theory. There is also a substantial emphasis on the applied field of personality testing. In psychological education and training, the study of the nature of personality and its psychological development is usually reviewed as a prerequisite to courses in abnormal psychology or clinical psychology.
 Source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personality_psychology

Other Important Links:

1) http://psychology.about.com/od/psychologystudyguides/a/personalitysg_3.htm

2) http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/perscontents.html

3) http://intropsych.mcmaster.ca/psych2b3/lectures/lectures_home.html


Video

1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SrPoIsI42U

2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUK-AMOaTYo

3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lst6DxyuIAA

4) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-HSiZUxTIk


Slides

1) http://www.slideshare.net/jenne531/theories-of-personality

2) http://www.slideshare.net/MissBowePE/personality-8140081



Friday, June 14, 2013

Abnormal psychology




Below is an excerpt from wikipedia:

Abnormal psychology is the branch of psychology that studies unusual patterns of behavioremotion andthought, which may or may not be understood as precipitating a mental disorder. Although many behaviours could be considered as abnormal, this branch of psychology generally deals with behavior in a clinical context.[1] There is a long history of attempts to understand and control behavior deemed to be aberrant or deviant (statistically, morally or in some other sense), and there is often cultural variation in the approach taken. The field of abnormal psychology identifies multiple causes for different conditions, employing diverse theories from the general field of psychology and elsewhere, and much still hinges on what exactly is meant by "abnormal". There has traditionally been a divide between psychological and biological explanations, reflecting a philosophical dualism in regards to the mind body problem. There have also been different approaches in trying to classify mental disorders. Abnormal includes three different categories, they are subnormal, supernormal and paranormal.[2]The science of abnormal psychology studies two types of behaviours: adaptive and maladaptive behaviours. Behaviours that are maladaptive suggest that some problem(s) exist, and can also imply that the individual is vulnerable and cannot cope with environmental stress, which is leading them to have problems functioning in daily life.[3] Clinical psychology is the applied field of psychology that seeks to assess, understand and treat psychological conditions in clinical practice. The theoretical field known as 'abnormal psychology' may form a backdrop to such work, but clinical psychologists in the current field are unlikely to use the term 'abnormal' in reference to their practice. Psychopathology is a similar term to abnormal psychology but has more of an implication of an underlying pathology (disease process), and as such is a term more commonly used in the medical specialty known as psychiatry.

Source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abnormal_psychology

Other Sources

1) http://psychology.about.com/od/abnormalpsychology/f/abnormal-psychology.htm

2) http://ccvillage.buffalo.edu/Abpsy/

3) http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/intropsych/pdf/chapter15.pdf


Lecture/Videos

1) Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QkBWG85Ias


2) Chapter 11: Abnormal Psychology
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unLEtSQ3uwo


Powerpoint/Slides

1) http://www.powershow.com/view/e4698-OGM4Z/Abnormal_Psychology_powerpoint_ppt_presentation

2) http://www.powershow.com/view/12f96f-ZGM3Z/Abnormal_Psychology_powerpoint_ppt_presentation

Thursday, June 13, 2013

RA 10029 or the Philippine Psychology Act of 2009

Republic of the Philippines
CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES
Metro Manila
Fourteenth Congress
Third Regular Session

Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-seventh day of July, two thousand nine.
REPUBLIC ACT No. 10029

AN ACT TO REGULATE THE PRACTICE OF PSYCHOLOGY CREATING FOR THIS PURPOSE A PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY BOARD OF PSYCHOLOGY, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

ARTICLE I
 
TITLE
Section 1. Title. - This Act shall be known as the "Philippine Psychology Act of 2009".

ARTICLE II
STATEMENT OF POLICY
Section 2. Statement of Policy. - The State recognizes that psychologists have an important role in nation-building and development. It also acknowledges the diverse specializations of psychologists and the diverse functions specific to the varied specializations. It particular, it recognizes the significance of the psychological services that practicing psychologists provide to diverse types of clients, but also recognizes the need to protect the public by preventing inexperienced or untrained individuals from offering psychological services. Hence, it shall nurture competent, upright and assiduous psychologists whose standards of practice and service shall be excellent and globally competitive through the administration of inviolable, effective and credible licensure examinations and the imposition and promotion of regulatory measures, programs and activities that enhance their professional growth and well-being.
ARTICLE III
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Section 3. Definition of Terms. - As used in this Act, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

(a) "Psychology" is the scientific study of human behavior. It involves the application of scientific methods to inquire into the biological, cognitive, affective, developmental, personality, social, cultural and individual difference dimensions of human behavior.
(b) "Practice of Psychology" consists of the delivery of psychological services that involve application of psychological principles and procedures for the purpose of describing, understanding, predicting and influencing the behavior of individuals or groups, in order to assist in the attainment of optimal human growth and functioning. The delivery of psychological services includes, but is not limited to: (1) psychological interventions: psychological counseling, psychotherapy, psychosocial support, coaching, psychological debriefing, group processes and all other psychological interventions that involve the application of psychological principles to improve psychological functioning of individuals, families, groups and organizations; (2) psychological assessment: gathering and integration of psychology-related data for the purpose of making a psychological evaluation, accomplished through a variety of tools, including individual tests, projective tests, clinical interview and other psychological assessment tools, for the purpose of assessing diverse psychological functions including cognitive abilities, aptitudes, personality characteristics, attitudes, values, interests, emotions and motivations, among others, in support of psychological counseling, psychotherapy and other psychological interventions; and (3) psychological programs: development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of psychological treatment for individuals and/or groups.
(c) "Psychologist" means a natural person who is duly registered and holds a valid certificate of registration and a valid professional identification card as professional psychologist, issued by the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology and the Professional Regulation Commission pursuant to this Act for the purpose of delivering the different psychological services defined in this Act.
(d) "Psychometrician" means a natural person who holds a valid certificate of registration and a valid professional identification card as psychometrician issued by the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology and the Professional Regulation Commission pursuant to this Act. As such, he/she shall be authorized to do any of the following: Provided, That such shall at all times be conducted under the supervision of a licensed professional psychologist: (1) administering and scoring of objective personality tests, structured personality tests, excluding projective tests and other higher level forms of psychological tests; (2) interpreting results of the same and preparing a written report on these results; and (3) conducting preparatory intake interviews of clients for psychological invention sessions.

ARTICLE IV
PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY BOARD OF PSYCHOLOGY
Section 4. Creation and Composition of the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology. - There is hereby created a Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology, hereinafter called the Board, a collegial body under the administrative control and supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission, hereinafter referred to as the Commission, which shall be composed of a Chairperson and two (2) members appointed by the President of the Philippines from a list of three (3) nominees for each position. The list of nominees shall be submitted to the Commission by the integrated and accredited national organization of psychologists. The Board shall be organized not later than sixty (60) days from the effectivity of this Act.
Section 5. Qualification of the Chairperson and the Members of the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology. - The Chairperson and members of the Board shall, at the time of their appointment and for the course of their term, possess the following qualifications:

(a) A natural born citizen and resident of the Philippines;
(b) At least thirty-five (35) years of age;
(c) Possess good moral character;
(d) Hold a doctorate degree in psychology conferred by a university, college or school in the Philippines or board duly recognized and/or accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED);
(e) Have at least ten (10) years of practice in psychology and psychometrics in a duly recognized institution, clinic or center, as well as at least (5) years of teaching experience in the field of psychology;
(f) Be a registered and licensed psychologists, except in the case of the first members of the Board who shall automatically be conferred a valid certificate of registration and a valid professional identification card in psychology and psychometrics upon appointment to the Board;
(g) Is neither an officer, trustee nor member of the faculty of any university, college, institute or school where a regular course in psychology is offered or taught or review classes conducted and shall not have any pecuniary interest, direct or indirect, in any such institution;
(h) Is not an officer, nor hold any position other than being a member of the integrated and accredited national organization of psychologists; and
(i) Shall not have been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude.

Section 6. Term of Office. - The members of the Board shall hold office for a term of three
(3) years or until their successors shall have been appointed and duly qualified. Each member of the Board may be reappointed for one (1) full term of three (3) years. The first members of the Board shall hold office for the following terms: the Chairperson for three (3) years; one (10 member for two (2) years; and the other member for one (1) year, which shall be specified in their respective appointments. Any vacancy occurring within the term of a member shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term only. Each member of the Board shall qualify by taking the proper oath prior to the performance of his/her duties.
Section 7. Powers and Duties. - The Board shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) Administer and implement the provisions of this Act and promulgate as well as revise or update, as necessary, rules and regulations, resolutions and guidelines hereto: Provided, That the policies, resolutions, rules and regulations issued or promulgated by the Board shall be subject to review and approval of the Commission;
(b) Supervise and monitor the registration, licensure and practice of psychologists and Psychometricians in the Philippines;
(c) Administer oaths in connection with the administration of this Act;
(d) Issue, and upon compliance with due process requirements, suspend or revoke, and/or reinstate, the certificate of registration and professional identification card for psychologists and psychometricians;
(e) Adopt an official seal of the Board;
(f) Monitor the conditions and circumstances affecting the practice of psychology and psychometrics in the Philippines and adopt such measures as may be deemed lawful and proper for the enhancement and maintenance of high professional, ethical and technical standards of the profession;
(g) Issue permits to and exercise visitorial powers over agencies, institutions, associations and partnerships to verify that the persons practicing psychology and psychometrics therein are psychologists and psychometricians with valid certificates of registration and valid professional identification cards, and that they possess the necessary accreditation, skills and/or facilities to competently carry out their functions;
(h) Assist the Commission in the formulation and implementation of the guidelines on continuing professional education for psychologists and psychometricians;
(i) Ensure, in coordination with the CHED, that all educational institutions offering the course/program of psychology strictly comply with the policies, standards and requirements prescribed by the CHED for such course/program, especially in the areas of administration, curriculum, faculty, library and facilities;
(j) Prepare, adopt, issue and amend, in consultation with the CHED, syllabi for the licensure examination subjects;
(k) Investigate and, when warranted, her administrative cases involving violations of this Act, its implementing rules and regulations as hereinafter promulgated, and any applicable code of ethics and/or code of professional standards. For this purpose, it may issue subpoena testificandum and subpoena duces tecum to secure the appearances of witnesses and the production of documents in connection therewith: Provided, That the Board's decision, resolution or orders rendered in administrative cases shall be subject to review only on appeal; and
(l) Perform such other functions and duties as may be lawfully delegated to it, or as it may deem necessary to carry out the objectives of this Act.

Section 8. Compensation and Allowances. - The Chairperson and members of the Board shall receive the same compensation and allowances as those received by the Chairperson and members of the existing regulatory boards under the Commission, as provided in the charter of the Commission and in the General Appropriations Act.
Section 9. Removal or Suspension of Members of the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology. - Any member of the Board may, upon the recommendation of the Commission, upon observance of due process and completion of the proper investigation, be suspended or removed by the President from office for cause, such as gross neglect of duty, incompetence, malpractice, behavior unbecoming of a psychology professional, immorality, unethical or dishonorable conduct, final conviction of any crime involving moral turpitude, any act of grant and corruption, and participation in the manipulation of or any dishonesty relative to the licensure examinations and/or the registration process.
Section 10. Administrative Supervision over the Board, Custodian of its Records, Secretariat and Support Services. - The Board shall be under the administrative supervision and control of the Commission. All records of the Board, including documents relative to the licensure examinations as well as administrative and other investigative cases conducted by the Board, shall be kept in the custody of the Commission. The Commission shall designate the Secretary of the Board and shall provide the secretariat with necessary support services to effectivity implement the provisions of this Act.
ARTICLE V
LICENSURE EXAMINATIONS
Section 11. Examinations Required. - All applicants for registration to practice psychology and psychometrics shall be required to pass a licensure examination for psychologists and psychometricians to be conducted by the Board in such places and dates, and subject to such requirements prescribed by the Commission.
Section 12. Qualifications of Applicants for the Licensure Examination for Psychologists. - Any person may apply to take examination for registration and licensure as a psychologist after furnishing evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant:

(a) Is a Filipino citizen, a permanent resident or a citizen of a foreign state/country which extends reciprocity to the Philippines relative to the practice of the profession;
(b) Holds at least a master's degree in psychology conferred by a university, college or school in the Philippines or abroad recognized/accredited by the CHED and has obtained sufficient credits for the subjects covered in the examinations;
(c) Has undergone a minimum of two hundred (200) hours of supervised practicum/internship/clinical experience related to services enumerated in paragraph (b) of Section 3 of this Act and under the auspices of a licensed psychologist or other licensed mental health professional;
(d) Is of good moral character; and
(e) Has not been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude.

Section 13. Qualifications of Applicants for the Licensure Examination for Psychometricians. - Any person may apply to take the examination for registration and licensure as a psychometrician by furnishing evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant:

(a) Is a Filipino citizen, a permanent resident or a citizen of a foreign state/country which extends reciprocity to the Philippines relative to the practice of the profession;
(b) Holds at least a bachelor's degree in psychology conferred by a university, college or school in the Philippines or abroad recognized/accredited by the CHED and has obtained sufficient credits for the subjects covered in the examinations;
(c) Is of good moral character; and
(d) Has not been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude.

Section 14. Examination Subjects for Psychologists. - The licensure examination for psychologists shall cover the following subjects:

(a) Advanced Theories of Personality;
(b) Advanced Abnormal Psychology;
(c) Advanced Psychological Assessment; and
(d) Psychological Counseling and Psychotherapy.

Section 15. Examination Subjects for Psychometricians. - The licensure examinations for psychometricians shall cover the following subjects:

(a) Theories of Personality;
(b) Abnormal Psychology;
(c) Industrial Psychology; and
(d) Psychological Assessment.

The Board may recluster, rearrange, modify, add or exclude and prescribed subjects for psychologists and psychometricians as the need arises.
Section 16. Registration Without Examination for Psychologists. - A person who possesses the qualifications required to take the examination for registration as a psychologist pursuant to the provisions of this Act may be registered without examination: Provided, That the applicant files with the Board within three (3) years after its creation an application for registration and issuance of certificate of registration and professional identification card by submitting credentials satisfactory to the Board that the applicant had, on or prior to the effectivity of this Act, fulfilled the requirements under either subparagraphs (a), (b) or (c) herein:

(a) Obtained a doctoral degree in psychology and had accumulated three (3) years of work experience in the practice of psychology;
(b) Obtained a master's degree in psychology and accumulated a minimum of five (5) years of work experience in the practice of psychology;
(c) Psychologists or employees who hold positions as psychologists presently employed in various government or private agencies, who have a bachelor's degree in psychology, accumulated a minimum of ten (10) years of work experience in the practice of psychology as a psychologist, and who have updated their professional education in various psychology-related functions.

Section 17. Registration Without Examination for Psychometricians. - A person who possesses the qualifications required to take the examination for registration as a psychometrician may be registered without examination: Provided, That the applicant files with the Board within three (3) years after its creation an application for registration and issuance of a certificate of registration and professional identification card by submitting credentials satisfactory to the Board that the applicant before the effectivity of this Act had obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology and had accumulated a minimum of two (2) years full time work experience in the practice of psychometrics.
Section 18. Ratings in the Examination. - To be qualified as having passed the licensure examination for psychologists and psychometricians, a candidate must have obtained a weighted general average of at least seventy-five percent (75%) for all subjects, with no grade lower than sixty percent (60%) in any given subject. An examine who obtains a weighted general average of seventy-five percent (75%) or higher but obtains a rating below sixty percent (60%) in any given subject may retake such subjects within the next two (2) years, and upon obtaining a rating of at least seventy-five percent (75%) in each such subject, shall then be deemed to have passed the licensure examination.
Section 19. Report of Ratings. - The Board shall submit to the Commission an official report detailing the ratings obtained by each examine within ten (10) calendar days after the examination, unless such period is extended for just cause.
ARTICLE VI
REGISTRATION
Section 20. Oath of Psychologists and Psychometricians. - All successful examines qualified for registration and all qualified applicants for registration without examination shall be required to take an oath to uphold the profession before any member of the Board or any officer of the Commission authorized to administer oaths, prior to entering into the practice of psychology or psychometrics in the Philippines.
Section 21. Issuance of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card. - A certificate of registration and professional identification card shall be issued to all successful examines and registrants without examination upon compliance with all the legal requirements, including payment of fees, prescribed by the Commission. The certificate of registration shall bear the signature of the Chairperson of the Commission and members of the Board, indicating that the person named therein is entitled to practice the profession with all the privileges and concomitant responsibilities appurtenant thereto. The said certificate shall remain in full force and effect until suspended in accordance with this Act. A professional identification card bearing the registration number, date of issuance and validity term of three (3) years, duly signed by the Chairperson of the Commission, shall likewise be issued to every registrant who has paid the prescribed registration fee. Upon expiration of the professional identification card, the psychologist and psychometrician may renew the same upon proof of compliance with continuing education requirements prescribed by the Board and/or the Commission.
Section 22. Disclosure of Registration Information. - The psychologist or psychomitrician shall be required to indicate his/her registration and professional identification card number and date of issuance, the duration of validity, including the professional tax receipt number on each document signed, used or issued in connection with the practice of his/her profession.
Section 23. Non-issuance of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card. - The Board shall not register nor issue a certificate of registration or professional identification card to any person convicted of a criminal offense involving moral turpitude, has been found guilty by a judicial or other duly constituted tribunal of immoral or dishonorable conduct, or has been medically diagnosed to be of unsound mind. In the event of non-issuance of the certificate for any reason, the Board shall furnish the applicant a written statement setting forth the reasons for such denial, which statement shall be incorporated to the records of the Board.
Section 24. Foreign Reciprocity. - No foreigner shall be admitted to the psychology or psychometrics licensure examinations unless he/she proves that the country of which he/she is a citizen either:

(a) Admits Filipino citizens to the practice of psychology or psychometrics without need for registration and issuance of a certificate of registration/professional identification card;
(b) Allows Filipino citizens to practice psychology or psychometrics without restriction; or
(c) Allows Filipino citizens to practice the same after an examination on terms of strict and absolute equality with nationals of said country.

Section 25. Practice through Special/Temporary Permit. - Special/temporary permits may be issued by the Board, subject to the approval by the Commission and payment of appropriate fees, to the following persons:

(a) Licensed psychologists or psychometricians from foreign countries/states who are internationally acknowledged specialists or outstanding experts in psychology or psychometrics: Provided, That their services are important and necessary either due to the lack or inadequacy of available local specialists or experts or in recognition of their potential contribution to the promotion and advancement of the practice of psychology of psychometrics through transfer of technology;
(b) Licensed psychologists or psychometricians from foreign countries/states whose services shall be free and offered exclusively to indigent patients in a particular hospital, center or clinic; and
(c) Licensed psychologists or psychometricians from foreign countries/states employed as exchange professors to teach psychology or psychometrics in schools, colleges, universities offering psychology or psychometrics courses or programs.

The permit shall detail the conditions thereof which shall, among other things, include the effectivity period of not more than one (1) year subject to renewal and the specific place of practice such as the clinic, hospital, center, school, college, university offering the course of psychology or psychometrics. The Board, subject to the approval by the Commission, shall prescribed rules and regulations on the implementation of this particular section.
Section 26. Suspension or Revocation of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card or Cancellation of a Special/Temporary Permit. - The Board shall have the power, after notice and hearing, to suspend or revoke the certificate of registration and professional identification card or to cancel special/temporary permits granted pursuant to this Act on any ground set forth in Section 33 of this Act or any of the instances hereunder:

(a) Procurement of a certificate of registration and/or professional identification card or special/temporary permit by fraud or deceit;
(b) Allowing an unqualified person to advertise or to practice the profession by using one's certificate of registration or professional identification card or special/temporary permit;
(c) Violating or conspiring to violate any of the provisions of this Act, its implementing rules and regulations, the code of ethics or code of professional standards promulgated hereinafter by the Board;
(d) Manifest physical or mental incompetence to render psychological services with reasonable skill and safety to his/her clients/patients;
(e) Professional misconduct or negligence in the performance of duties as a psychometrician; and
(f) Engaging in the practice of the profession during the period of one's suspension.

Section 27. Reinstatement. - A psychologist or psychometrician whose certificate of registration has been revoked may apply to the Board for reinstatement at any time after two (2) years from the date of revocation of said certificate. The application shall be in writing and shall conform to requirements hereinafter prescribed by the Board. No certificate of registration or professional identification card or special/temporary permit shall be reinstated unless the Board is satisfied that a good cause exists to warrant such reinstatement. Issuance of a new certificate of registration or professional identification card or special/temporary permit in lieu of one that has been lost, destroyed or mutilated shall be subject to applicable rules prescribed by the Commission.
Section 28. Appeal from Judgement. - The decision of the Board shall ipso facto become final fifteen (15) days from receipt of the decision by the respondent unless an appeal has been filed with the Commission within the same period. The Commission's decision on appeal may be further appealed before the Court Appeals within fifteen (15) days from receipt thereof.
Section 29. Rights of the Respondent. - The respondent psychologist or psychometrician shall have the right to be represented by counsel at all stages of the proceedings as well as to speedy disposition of his/her case. He/She shall have the right to confront witnesses against him/her in addition to such other rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
ARTICLE VII
PRIVILEDGED COMMUNICATION AND PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION
Section 30. Rights to Privilege Communication for Psychologists and Psychometricians. - A psychologists or psychometrician cannot, without the consent of the client/patient, be examined on any communication or information disclosed and/or acquired in the course of giving psychological services to such client. The protection accorded herein shall extend to all pertinent records and shall be available to the secretary, clerk or other staff of the licensed psychologist or psychometrician. Any evidence obtained in violation of this provision shall be inadmissible for any purpose in any proceeding.
Section 31. Integration of the Profession. - The profession shall hereinafter be integrated by consolidating all practitioners into one (1) national organization of registered and licensed psychologists and psychometricians, which shall be recognized and accredited by the Board, subject to approval of the Commission. A psychologist or psychometrician duly registered and licensed by the Board and the Commission shall automatically become a member of said organization and shall receive the benefits and privileges, as well as be subject to all responsibilities and obligations, appurtenant thereto upon payment of the required fees and dues. Membership in the integrated organization shall not be a bar to membership in any other association of psychologists and/or psychometricians.1avvphi1
Section 32. Code of Ethics and Code of Practice for Psychologists and Psychometricians. - The Board shall adopt and promulgated the Code of Ethics and Code of Practice for Psychometricians prescribed and issued by the accredited professional organization of psychologists.
ARTICLE VIII
PROHIBITED ACTS, PENALTIES AND ENFORCEMENT OF THIS ACT
Section 33. Prohibited Acts. - (a) No person shall:

(1) Engage in the professional practice of psychology or psychometrics nor represent himself/herself as a professional practicing psychologist or psychometrician without a valid certificate of registration or valid professional identification card, or a valid special/temporary permit granted by the Board pursuant to this Act;
(2) Represent himself/herself to be a licensed and authorized practicing psychologist or psychometrician during the time that his/her certificate of registration has been suspended or revoked or professional identification card without being renewed, or special/temporary permit cancelled;
(3) Allow any other person to use his/her certificate of registration and professional identification card or special/temporary permit for any purpose, regardless of whether such enables the unqualified individual to engage in the practice of psychology or psychometrics;
(4) Use, exhibit and/or misrepresent as his/her own the certificate of registration and/or professional identification card or special/temporary permit of another; and
(5) Give any false, inaccurate, misleading or incomplete information to the Board on order to obtain a certificate of registration or professional identification card or special/temporary permit.
(b) No corporation, partnership, association or entity shall operate a psychology or psychometrics office, center, clinic or otherwise engage in the practice or allow the practice of psychology or psychometrics within its premises without securing a permit therefor from the Board. Such permit shall be issued only after the Board is satisfied that such establishment is competently staffed by a psychologist and equipped with sufficient and adequate psychology-related instruments and facilities.
(c)A violation of any provision of this Act or of its implementing rules and regulations shall be penalized accordingly.

Section 34. Penalties. - Any person who violates any provision of this Act implementing rules and regulations shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than six (6) months but not more than three (3) years, or a fine of not less than Ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) but not more than One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00), or both, at the discretion of the court.
Section 35. Injunction. - The Board may initiate action to enjoin, restrain, and/or prosecute any individual, corporation, association, partnership or entity engaging in the practice of psychology and psychometrics in violation of this Act.
Section 36. Enforcement. - It shall be the duty of all duly constituted law enforcement agencies and officers of national, provincial, city or municipal governments to uphold and enforce the provisions of this Act and to investigate and prosecute or cause the investigation and prosecution of any person violating the same.
ARTICLE IX
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Section 37. Funding Provision. - The Chairperson of the Commission shall immediately hereinafter include in the Commission's programs the prompt implementation of this Act, funding of which shall be provided for in the annual General Appropriations Act.
Section 38. Implementing Rules and Regulations. - Within ninety (90) days after the constitution of the Board, it shall promulgated the necessary implementing rules and regulations, subject to approval of the Commission, to implement the provisions of this Act.
Section 39. Separability Clause. - If any provision of this Act shall at any time be found to be unconstitutional or invalid, the remainder thereof not affected by such declaration shall remain in full force and effect.
Section 40. Repealing Clause. - All laws, decrees, rules or regulations inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
Section 41. Effectivity. - This Act shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following its complete publication in two (2) newspapers of general circulation.
Approved,

(Sgd.) PROSPERO C. NOGRALES
Speaker of the House of Representatives
(Sgd.) JUAN PONCE ENRILE
President of the Senate
This Act which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3498 and House Bill No. 6512 was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on December 14, 2009 and December 16, 2009, respectively.

(Sgd.) MARILYN B. BARUA-YAP
Secretary General
House of Represenatives
(Sgd.) EMMA LIRIO-REYES
Secretary of Senate

Approved: March 16, 2010
(Sgd.) GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President of the Philippines

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The why and what of this blog



I came across the news about a psychology and psychometrician board exam. I did not even know that there's a law already professionalizing psychology and psychometrician. During our time in the 1990s some law makers were not so keen in providing a policy to regulate the practice of the profession.  Only in 2009 that it was finally realized, a law was passed, Republic Act 11029 or the Philippine Psychology Act of 2009, after a long struggle to make us Psychology graduate have license to practice our profession.

Since it is very new, looking around for materials and info about the board or licensure exam, I found only 3 testing centers and the buzz is not yet very loud and most probably a lot of psychology graduates are not yet informed about this new opportunity for them to get a license. Well the dates for the board or licensure exam is not yet set and finalized though.

So this is the the purpose of this blog, to inform and update my fellow psychology graduates about this opportunity. I will be posting news, update, links, review materials here from time to time. And anything and everything about psychology and its allied disciplines.

So let us exchange here at the Philippine Psychometricians Licensure Exam Reviewer!