Summary of the Proposed Psychology Bill

 

The PAP Board approved the Proposed PSYCH BILL last May 2, 2008. It will be presented to the PAP body during the 45th Annual Convention in Davao City on August 14-16, 2008. Dr. Allan B.I. Bernardo, current PAP President,  also answered frequently asked questions about the PSYCH BILL here

Here are excerpts from the Proposed Philippine Psychology and Psychometrics Act of 2008.

AN ACT TO REGULATE THE PRACTICE OF PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOMETRICS


A PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST shall be authorized to engage in the professional practice of psychology consisting of the delivery of  psychological services:

 

(1) psychological interventions such as  psychological counseling, psychotherapy, psychosocial support, coaching, psychological debriefing, group processes, etcetera;

(2)  psychological assessment or the gathering and integration of psychology-related data for the purpose of making a psychological evaluation, accomplished through a variety of tools; and,

(3)  psychological programs or the development, planning, implementation,  monitoring, and evaluation of psychological treatment programs and other psychological intervention programs for individuals and/or groups.

 

A PSYCHOMETRICIAN 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, pen and-paper intelligence, achievement and interest 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 intervention sessions.

 

 

LICENSURE EXAMS REQUIRED

All applicants for registration to practice psychology and psychometrics shall be required to pass a licensure examination for psychologists and psychometricians.

 

QUALIFICATIONS TO TAKE THE LICENSURE EXAM FOR PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS

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 and has obtained sufficient credits for the subjects covered in the examination;
(c) has undergone a minimum of 500 hours of supervised practicum/internship/ clinical experience 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.

 

QUALIFICATIONS TO TAKE THE LICENSURE EXAM FOR PSYCHOMETRICIANS
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 and has obtained sufficient credits for the subjects covered in the examination;

(c) is of good moral character; and,

(d) has not been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude.

 

EXAM SUBJECTS FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS

The licensure exam shall cover the following:
(a) Advanced Theories of Personality
(b) Advanced Abnormal Psychology
(c) Advanced Psychological Assessment
(d) Psychological Counseling and Psychotherapy

 

EXAM SUBJECTS FOR PSYCHOMETRICIANS

The licensure exam shall cover the following:
(a) Theories of Personality
(b) Abnormal Psychology
(c) Industrial Psychology
(d) Psychological Assessment

 

REGISTRATION WITHOUT EXAMINATION FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS

A person must apply for registration with the Professional Regulatory Board for Psychology and Psychometrics within three (3) years after its creation, by submitting proof of having fulfilled the requirements under (1), (2), or (3) below, before the effectivity of this Act:

 

(1) Obtained a doctoral degree in Psychology and had accumulated 3 years of work experience in the practice of psychology in the Philippines;

(2) Obtained a master’s degree in Psychology and accumulated a minimum of 5 years of work experience in the practice of psychology in the Philippines;

(3) Government psychologists or government employees who hold plantilla positions as psychologists presently employed in various government agencies, who have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, accumulated a minimum of 10 years of work experience in the practice of psychology as a government psychologist, and who have obtained continuing professional education in various psychology-related functions.

 

REGISTRATION WITHOUT EXAMINATION FOR PSYCHOMETICIANS
A person must apply for registration with the Professional Regulatory Board for Psychology and Psychometrics within three (3) years after its creation, by submitting proof of having obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and having accumulated a minimum of 2 years full time work experience in the practice of psychometrics in the Philippines, before the effectivity of this Act.

 

 

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4 Comments on “Summary of the Proposed Psychology Bill”

  1. Joy Orallo Says:

    will a person who has been practicing counseling for the past 5 yrs or so, has obtained a master’s degree in psychology and has recently shifted to a teaching profession be included in the exemption for licensure exam for psychologists?


  2. The liscensure exam is only for clinical psych? Paano naman po ang mga Industrial/Organizational Psych?

  3. Jewel Says:

    I have a master’s degree in psychology and presently working as a guidance counselor. I do not have supervise practicum experience since it is not included in our grad school curriculum. Can i still take the psychologist licensure exam?

  4. Charisma Says:

    I am a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, will i be also allowed to take the licensure exam for psychometricians?


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