Archive for the ‘Announcements’ category


April 12, 2011

1-YEAR PERIOD (April 2011-March 2012):

Ateneo Center for Organization Research and Development (CORD)

Center for Family Foundation, Inc. (CEFAM)

Dayan’s Psychological Center

Department of Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University

MLAC Institute for Children and Families

Philippine Association for Child and Play Therapy (Philplay)

Psychological Resources Center

Psychology Department, De La Salle University Manila

UP Department of Psychology

3-YEAR PERIOD (April 2011-March 2014):

Allied Mental Health (Volunteer Service) of the Section of Psychiatry, Makati Medical Center

Metropolitan Psychological Corporation

Miriam College, Department of Psychology and Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness (ILAW) Center

PsychConsult Inc.

Saint Louis University, Sunflower Children’s Center

Silliman University, Department of Psychology

The Carl Jung Circle Center, Inc.


48th Annual PAP Convention, Iloilo August 2011: ABSTRACT GUIDELINES AND SUBMISSION Deadline of Submission: 15 March 2011

February 26, 2011

Abstracts for the 48th PAP Annual Convention are invited for
submission in the following categories:
1. Paper/Poster abstracts can be submitted for presentations of
empirical research papers, theoretical/concept papers, or papers
documenting practice. No research proposals will be accepted
(empirical research must have been completed and have not been
published). The paper abstract word limit is 250-300.

2. Abstracts for presentation in a symposium can be from empirical
research papers, theoretical/concept papers or papers documenting
practice. Papers in a symposium will be limited to 3-4. The word limit
for symposium abstracts is 250-350, and the word limit for paper
abstracts in the symposium is 150.

For paper/poster abstracts, please fill out the paper abstract form.
For a panel or symposium, please fill out the symposium abstract form.
Abstract forms (sent to the pap e-group) should be emailed to

Deadline for submission is March 15, 2011.

All abstracts will be evaluated by members of the Scientific Program
Notification of acceptance will be on April 15, 2011. In case more
than 1 paper is accepted, please note that each participant may
present only one paper or one symposium.



January 28, 2011

The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) has long advocated for a law that will ensure the quality of the practice of psychology. In the early 1980s, the PAP moved for a bill requiring licensure for practitioners of psychology with the Batasan Pambansa. After three decades, a bill regulating the practice of psychology was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives. On March 16, 2010, Republic Act 10029 or the “Philippine Psychology Act of 2009” was signed into law.

The 2011 PAP Annual Convention will focus on the meaning of RA 10029 and its implications to Filipino psychologists especially those engaged in the practice of assessment, counseling, and clinical psychology. Likewise, the implications of RA 10029 to Filipino psychologists in all areas of specialization will be discussed. The convention will highlight how the new law will shape and impact the future of psychology in the Philippines, including the teaching of psychology, the conduct of licensure examinations, and the implementation of regulatory measures. It is the hope of the PAP that the new law will promote excellence in the practice of psychology.

The PAP invites psychologists, both scholars and practitioners, to share their work on any area of psychology through paper presentations, poster presentations, and panel or symposia. With the focus on the practice of psychology, the PAP especially welcomes papers by practitioners in the different areas of psychology. Theoretical papers, empirical research papers, and papers documenting practices may be submitted for presentation.

The Scientific Program Committee will issue the guidelines and forms for submission of abstracts by 14 February 2011. Kindly wait for further announcements. All abstracts for paper presentation must be submitted by 15 March 2011.


All Roads Lead to Iloilo in 2011

December 14, 2010

Iloilo City is officially the host for the 48th Annual Convention of the Psychological Association of the Philippines, convention chair and PAP Vice President Dr. Mira Ofreneo made the announcement recently. Slated for August 17-20, 2011 with the theme “RA 10029: Promoting Excellence in the Practice of Psychology,” the host institution is Central Philippine University in Jaro, Iloilo City. A call for papers will come sometime in January and soon there will be more news about the convention in the PAP website. Meantime, please mark your calendars for this important annual event. (M. Udarbe, E.R.O.)

PAP is Hiring an Executive Director

November 18, 2010

Position Title: Executive Director
Organization: Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP)

The Executive Director is responsible for:

§ Overall leadership of PAP secretariat staff in the implementation of plans
and activities as instructed by the PAP Officers and Board of Directors.

§ Supervising the development and management of a membership database system in coordination with the Membership Committee.

§ Supervising the development and management of an online system of
application, renewal, and payment of membership.

§ Supporting the work of the Programs Committee by coordinating the secretariat work for conventions and CPE (continuing professional education) workshops.

§ Supporting the work of the Publications Committee, Ethics Committee,
Certification Committee, and other special and ad hoc committees, by
coordinating the secretariat work for these committees.

§ Performing other duties as may be assigned by the Officers of the PAP Board
of Directors.


The applicant must have an MA or be an MA candidate in any field of Psychology, with good
organizational management, administrative, oral and written communication skills and computer literate.

Administrative Details:

The Executive Director will report 2-3x a week (a total of 20 hours a week) to
the PAP secretariat office. The position is equivalent to a half-time job and
Initial contract is for a six-month period.

To Apply:

Interested individuals may email their application (cover letter) and CV to the
PAP Executive Secretary Dr. Angela V. Regala at and the PAP Secretariat at Deadline of application is December 3, 2010.


November 2, 2010

The officers of the Psychological Association of the Philippines for 2010-2011 were elected by the Board of Directors in a meeting September 24, 2010 at the Philippine Social Science Center in Quezon City. They are:

President: Dr. Ma. Caridad Tarroja
Vice President: Dr. Mira Alexis Ofreneo
Executive Secretary: Dr. Angela Regala
Treasurer: Dr. Carmencita Salonga
External Relations Officer: Dr. Margaret Udarbe-Alvarez

Similarly, in the absence of former PAP President J. Enrique G. Saplala, the board approved last July 3, 2010 that Dr. Allan B. I. Bernardo will serve as ex-officio of the PAP.

Statement of the PAP on the (Mis)Use of Psychology in the Current Electoral Campaign

May 1, 2010

The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP)* considers some recent occurrences in the current electoral campaigns as an affront to psychologists and to psychology as a discipline and profession. In particular, partisan individuals and media practitioners have not only presented to the public fraudulent psychological reports, but have also made inaccurate statements about different aspects of the practice of psychology and the nature of psychological functioning. These irresponsible actuations have dangerous long-term effects on efforts of Filipino psychologists and other mental health professionals to address the psychological well-being of Filipinos. In this regard, the PAP would like to respond to and clarify some of the issues raised as a result of these political events.

First, the PAP denounces the release of the results of psychological tests or assessment to media and the public at large. In accordance with the PAP Code of Ethics, the results of psychological tests or assessment cannot be released to the media or the public or to any person other than the client. Any reputable individual psychologist or psychological organization ensures the practice of confidentiality and that the results of psychological tests or assessment are only shared with the client. Psychologists take reasonable steps to ensure that information to be disclosed will not be misused, misunderstood or misinterpreted to infringe on human rights, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

Second, the PAP denounces the suggestions made by politicians, media practitioners, and others to force political candidates to take psychological tests or assessment. In accordance with the PAP Code of Ethics, individuals cannot be subjected to psychological tests or assessment without their informed consent. Any reputable individual psychologist or psychological organization ensures that informed consent is acquired from the client before conducting psychological tests.

Third, the PAP denounces the insinuation that people who see a psychologist or any mental health professional is “abnormal” or “permanently debilitated”. The PAP condemns the insinuation that depression is a permanent disability; and the use of words like “abnoy” , ‘sira ang ulo’and “may diperensiya sa utak” to label individuals. These irresponsible statements and similar acts perpetuate a profound lack of understanding of psychological concepts, of the nature of psychological problems and dysfunctions, and of the nature of psychological health and wellbeing.

The PAP would like to stress to politicians, to media practitioners, and to the public at large that seeing a psychologist or any mental health professional does not make a person “abnormal”. Seeing a psychologist means ensuring our mental health and psychological wellbeing.

Board of Directors
Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP)
1 May 2010

*Note: The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), a professional organization of psychologists founded in 1962, is committed to the promotion of excellence in the teaching, research, and practice of psychology. It is a non-stock, non-profit corporation whose national membership includes teachers, researchers, and practitioners of psychology. Its members adhere to the Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists which recognizes that “ethics is at the core of every discipline”.