The deadline for the first batch of certified psychology specialists is over, with a whopping total of 195 applicants beating the April 30 cut-off date. Clinical psychology had the most number of applicants (72), followed by assessment psychology (44), counseling psychology (32), industrial/organizational psychology (16), educational psychology (15), developmental psychology (8) and social psychology (8). Submissions came from as far as places like Baguio, Palawan and Zamboanga.

cert last day2The “early bird award” goes to MARICAR FAJARDO who submitted her application for Educational Psychology & Developmental Psychology on Feb 19.  PEACHY FERNANDO was the last person to beat the deadline when she submitted her application and documents for Counseling Psychology on April 30 at 5:00 pm. According to Linda Sevilla and Mercy Mondejar of the PAP secretariat, the submission of applications peaked on April 30, 2009 with a total of 43 applications received. Most of the applications came from Metro Manila with a total of 108 applications. Interestingly, one hundred applications were submitted through courier service or express mail.

All submitted applications and documents will be reviewed by a committee of past PAP presidents who received automatic certifications by virtue of a board resolution last September 12, 2008. The certifications were granted to them in recognition of their important contribution to their respective area of specialization.  The first batch of certified psychology specialists will be posted as soon as all applications and documents are reviewed and screened.

(article by J. Enrique G. Saplala)

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