Dominica Psychology Society formed; first executive elected

Members of the executive
Members of the executive

On Wednesday 7th October 2015, a group of Psychological Professionals elected the first executive of the newly formed Dominica Psychological Society. The mission of the Dominica Psychological Society is to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge of psychology and to establish itself as the main professional association representing trained Psychological Professionals in Dominica.

The executive body comprises of:
President: Dr. Shani Shillingford (PhD in Educational Psychology)
Vice President: McMillan Cuffy (MSc Counselling)
Secretary: Adella David (MSc Counselling)
Treasurer: Kaywana Williams (MA Counselling Psychology)
Public Relations Officer: Lesley-Ann Waldron (MSc Clinical Psychology)
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer: Carole Soto (MSc Counselling Psychology)

The formation of Dominica Psychological Society and the electing of its executive occurred in a timely manner since Saturday October 10th 2015 is World Mental Health Day.

This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day is “Dignity in Mental Health”. According to the World Health Organization, a large number of people with mental health problems worldwide are faced with emotional and physical abuse within their communities and as inpatients in mental health institutions. The WHO also supports that lack of qualified mental/psychological health professionals may lead to further violations and loss of dignity for people with mental health conditions. The Dominica

Psychological Society echoes this year’s theme and highlights one of its principle aims and objectives as: the promotion of the concept of total wellness as it pertains to the psychological well-being of all persons.

Members of the Dominica Psychological Society have already taken up their task and were instrumental in the aftermath of TS Erika, through the Psychosocial Response in Disaster Team. This team of professionals assisted Dominicans who were affected by TS Erika through immediate direct psychosocial intervention, training of training of first respondents and also with further education and sensitization through the media.

Some other aims and objectives of the DPS include:
(a) To promote and protect the general and professional welfare of psychological professionals,
(b) To establish a legislation relating to the professional practice of psychology and to speak on the behalf of psychological professionals with regard to legislative action,
(c) To represent and to speak on the behalf of psychological professionals with allied professional, governmental and non-governmental groups and the public,
(d) To establish, maintain and improve the standards of ethical conduct and proficiency in the practice of psychology through a code of ethics,
(e) To support continuing education and research in the field of psychology through publications, seminars, workshops and other related activities,
(f) To engage in publications, seminars, workshops and other activities for the purpose of disseminating information and knowledge of psychology in the interest of general human welfare and development; and

The Dominica Psychological Society is a non-profit organization and it looks forward to being registered with the Caribbean Association of National Psychologists.

The DPS may be contacted at dominicapsychologicalsociety@gmail.com

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27 Comments

  1. Unimpressed
    October 13, 2015

    I am of the opinion that a ceftain member of this organisation may be in need to. Ouseling himself due to his rash behaviour and inability to deal with persons on a humane manner , not all that glitters is gold as they would say.

  2. Francisco Telemaque
    October 12, 2015

    Facts, this is for you especially, I do this on order to embarrass you, and prove your stupidity; I know you will not understand anything conveyed, and since you cannot find this on the Internet you are cooked!

    It is estimated that SDAT is present in 50 to seventy percent of all elderly people with senile dementia; diagnosis is tentatively made on the basis of the symptoms presented, and progression over a period of time. Confirmation of the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can only be made by postmortem examination of brain tissue The defining characteristics noted on autopsy are neurofibrillary tangles in the cytoplasm of neurons, neuritic plaques, or deposits resulting from degeneration in the neural processes, granulovacuolar degeneration in the neurons.

    Treatment: At this time there is no cure for the disease; therapies are aimed at correcting low acetylcholine, or high aluminum levels, or relieving symptoms, and managing behavior problems. Success with use of drugs to…

    • Francisco Telemaque
      October 12, 2015

      Success with use of drugs to manage the disease has been limited. Mood elevators have been found to be ineffective; nevertheless they are still prescribed for some patients. Antidepressants, are used with caution especially when patients who becomes violent; tranquilizers, and sedatives are administered sparingly for restlessness, and agitation.

      I can continue with patient care, but to someone like you Facts, what would that matter: though I am tempted to touch on the reality of cognitive, and psychomotor becoming impaired, the impact on family members, but that also would be wasting my time. Respond to this let me see how you can counter this

  3. Nigel Paul
    October 10, 2015

    Good job guys. Good Job Shani and Kaywanna

  4. The educator
    October 10, 2015

    I am very happy that this organization has been formed. Since Alzheimer is becoming prevalent in Dominica, I wish to see more steps taken to prepare the people of Dominica for this devastating disease. There is evidence that people who are not ‘old’ also being affected. A survey needs
    to be done to find out the percentage of people who have Alzheimer’s dementia.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      October 11, 2015

      It is amazing how some people can write some sweet sound crap that is irrelevant to what people are talking about. What does psychology have to do with Alzheimer’s disease? I can do this in different ways but because I know no matter what I explain some people will not get it, I will limit the dissemination of my knowledge!

      Alzheimer’s Cells: astrocytes which contains large prominent nuclei found in the brain in hepatolenticular degeneration, and hepatic comas; 2. degenerated astrocytes. Simply question what does that have to do with psychology?

      Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible senile dementia characterized by intellectual deterioration, disorganization of the personality, and functional disabilities in carrying out the task of daily living; also called senile dementia of the Alzheimer’s type (SDAT). Anybody who can relate that to psychology must be a god!

      • Malpardee
        October 12, 2015

        Hahaha i was wondering myself (: tele is not everyone that know how to comprehend stuff..

    • Francisco Telemaque
      October 11, 2015

      Etiology: The causes of Alzheimer’s disease are still under investigation; postmortem studies have revealed.

      1. Below normal levels of choline acetyltransferase, and altered levels of the neurotransmitters acetylcholine, somatostatin, substance P, and norepinephrine; and (2) higher than normal deposits of aluminum in cerebral tissue. Other factors considered in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease are inherited chromosome defect, immunologic; high levels of antibodies have been noted in Alzheimer’s patients, and a history of serious head injury.

      Maybe I am dumb, and that is why I cannot see the relationship as written in the above to psychology! Note: Alzheimer’s disease can progress slowly over a period of ten to fifteen years, or it can become steadily worse in a matter of only a few years.

      I need to find someone practicing psychology who can treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease, perhaps only in Dominica they can be found!

    • The Real Facts
      October 11, 2015

      Proper nutrition from the womb to birth to childhood to adulthood is necessary.
      Good parenting, obedience to parents; keeping company and associating with the right people and staying away from illegal drugs. These could help throughout one’s life.
      I have some literature which states that Vitamin E delays Alzheimer. You may wish to research Vitamin supplements.
      How many people drink a glass of milk and orange juice a day and eat fruits and vegetables? They should stay away from processed foods and, drinks. Eat healthy, natural foods; likewise drinks.
      I do believe if we observe proper nutrition and live a certain lifestyle, we might not contract certain illnesses and not at a young age.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        October 12, 2015

        Facts, that is a lie, you do not know what the hell you are talking about, if you that nonsense from a medical doctor, that doctor would have to be quack. And I would be happy to debate the doctor on that, you should be ashamed of yourself to talk such nonsense.

        If you read that in any medical journal let me know which one so that I can check it myself. Now I am going to prove you to be the fool are. What is the meaning of “inherit, or inherited” and “heredity ” If the disease is heredity, meaning it runs in families from generation, sometimes not materializing in a few lucky one; how the hell can you write such nonsense about poor nutrition.

        Tel me what research you personally conducted in order come to such ridiculous conclusion! State the scientific method you used which led to your hypothesis, which became your theory, and eventually your conclusion! I do not talk bull; I stated the cause of the disease, which now one can refute at this time!

  5. The educator
    October 10, 2015

    Correction*people who are not old.

  6. The educator
    October 10, 2015

    I am very happy that this organization has been formed. Since Alzheimer is becoming prevalent in Dominica, I wish to see more steps taken to prepare the people of Dominica for this devastating disease. There is evidence that people who are ‘old’ are also being affected. A survey needs to be done to find out the percentage of people who have Alzheimer’s dementia.

    • The Real Facts
      October 11, 2015

      They should perform a research why Alzheimer is prevalent in Dominica. Most of us grew up in Dominica and never heard of it; not even among the elderly. What has happened today that so many people get it, some after taking medication for a while?
      Alzheimer is prevalent worldwide. Something is radically wrong. More research should be done about this illness.

  7. IMJustSaying
    October 9, 2015

    Excellent initiative and much needed in Dominica. I hope it stays non-partisan though!

  8. doubting Thomas
    October 9, 2015

    lol

  9. @ Doubting Tom/like uncle tom
    October 9, 2015

    The executive body comprises of:
    Overall Boss& chief nigger in charge RM Skerrit( MSC Bluffer)
    President: Dr. Shani Shillingford (PhD in Educational Psychology)
    Vice President: McMillan Cuffy (MSc Counselling)
    Secretary: Adella David (MSc Counselling)
    Treasurer: Kaywana Williams (MA Counselling Psychology)
    Public Relations Officer: Lesley-Ann Waldron (MSc Clinical Psychology)
    Assistant Secretary/Treasurer: Carole Soto (MSc Counselling Psychology)

    • October 12, 2015

      With people like you around, clearly mental health professionals have their work cut out for them….

  10. Psychologist
    October 9, 2015

    Well done. Congratulation to the executive. It was about time. We are moving forward. Praise God, Praise God, Praise God.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      October 10, 2015

      Praise God for what: some of you are so anxious, every little bit of what you do not understand you make a big deal out of it!

      What is psychology?

      Seems like a big word right; nevertheless, the meaning is simple: it is simply defined as the science of mind, and behavior, dealing with the mental, or behavioral characteristics of an individual, or group. It is simply the study of the mind, and behavior in relation to a particular field of knowledge or activity.

      That simply boils down to a simple science dealing with the mind, and mental processes especially in relation to human, an animal behavior. In North America, people involve in that as a profession usually stave! I can tell you , because that was one of my choices, when I decided to change profession; until I was advised my time will be wasted, and should peruse a medical degree, that’s how I manage to learn so much about medicine: interesting to note; I even had Abnormal Psychology.

      • Malpardee
        October 12, 2015

        Teach them by brother!

  11. smh
    October 9, 2015

    A nice bunch…
    What we also need is a few PhD’s in Neuropsychology, Developmental psychology, Forensic psychology, and Industrial organizational psychology, to name a few

    • doubting Thomas
      October 9, 2015

      yes indeed please don’t contaminate it with any political Psychologist.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      October 10, 2015

      You are simply playing with words simply because they sound good to you, If you have a neurobiological problem within your nerves system, what purpose someone with a Ph.D. is going to serve you since that person with a PH. D, cannot treat you medically, because they are not a medical doctor!

      You would have to see a neurologists (someone specializing in that field of medicine). A medical doctor that is! Ph.D’s do not write prescriptions they do not conduct surgery, even when you have psychological, and mental issues and you have counseling psychologists, they can suggest you have a psychological problem, however a psychiatrist had better diagnose your problem!

      When people go for psychiatrist counseling with a psychologists, they simply sit and listen to you talk, most of the time in groups, every now and then they may ask you some stupid question to get your reaction. The psychiatrist is the doctor, the treating doctor!

      • The Real Facts
        October 11, 2015

        They listen and they are able to counsel the patient. They do not only need someone to talk to and someone to listen to them. Some people do need counseling rather than medication. Most of the time their problem is caused by domestic, personal or a work situation.
        They may also have to change their lifestyle, association with some people and their place of employment.
        The saying, “Your mind can make you sick or well.” People and the environment where one lives and work could make you sick or well.

      • Lo
        December 19, 2017

        It’s always amusing to see that the less someone knows, the more he feels he knows. And vice versa!
        Must be a psychological law or something :lol: .

    • OneDestiny
      October 10, 2015

      Forensic psychologist coming right up!

    • Independent Observer
      October 12, 2015

      A smh….To work where???

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