The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP)
Founded in 1962, the Psychological Association of the Philippines is an organization committed to the promotion of excellence in the teaching, research, and practice of Psychology, and its recognition as a scientifically-oriented discipline for human and social development.
To date, the organization is composed of seven (7) major divisions representing the speciality areas of psychology in the Philippines. These are the same specialty areas that members may apply to become certified specialists (See certification guidelines here). These divisions are as follows: Assessment Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Social Psychology. There are also currently six (6) special interest groups (SIG), which are as follows: Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS) SIG, Teaching Psychology SIG, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender SIG, the Sport and Exercise Psychology (SEP) SIG, Psychology Practitioners in Public Service SIG, and Substance Use Prevention and Recovery SIG.
The PAP Vision-Mission Statement
To be a World-Class Community of Psychologists Committed to Personal and Professional Growth, Humane Service and Social Transformation.
Globally competitive in psychological teaching, research and practice; open to the culture of other countries and societies; have benchmarked best practices in other countries; publications in top-ranked international journals and books; recognition by colleagues through citations, awards, and leadership positions;
Personal Professional Growth: Organize and participate in continuing education programs; membership and participation in international conferences and organizations; legislation that professionalize psychology; expand network and strengthen culture of mutual learning and co-mentoring; nurture the whole person through informal and non-formal processes;
Adhering to ethical standards; respect for our clients; modeling compassion and concern for the welfare of other (malasakit); Sensitivity to the economic capacity of our clients;
Societal restructuring; proactive in understanding; providing a scientific analysis of whatever happens in society; taking positions and actions on important social issued; support the psychological needs of individuals and/or organizations that are in the vortex of social transformation.