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 firstname.lastname@example.org