Oasis Africa Institute of Leadership and Professional Psychology
CURRENT HEAD OFFICE FOR KENYA PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (KPsyA), THE GOVERNING BODY FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS IN KENYA
The AGM for the Kenya Psychological Association, (KPsyA), has been postponed and rescheduled to be held on 9th June 2012. The venue, agenda and other details shall be communicated to the registered members.
The APA (American Psychological Association) is going to hold its International Psychologists Convention in August 2012. All members of KPsyA interested to attend kindly contact Ms. Joyce at Oasis Africa for travel arrangements and details.
Meanwhile, visit our offices at Oasis Africa, Ngong Road, Opposite Mimosa Court, at the Nazarene Complex, between Nairobi Baptist and Coptic Hospital for further details.
To: All current and Prospective members of KPsyA
From: KPsyA Chairperson.
Receive greetings from the Chairman and Executive Committee.
You are receiving this letter because:
from the KPsyA office at Oasis Africa. We are at Nazarene Complex, Ngong Road, Opp Mimosa Court and between Coptic Hospital and Nairobi Baptist Church as the landmarks.
What are the Benefits of joining KPsyA?
Since the current Executive Committee was voted in, we have been busy laying the foundation of the Association. In a few weeks, we will call you for a Special General meeting, and you will need to be a full member to attend and participate.
What does membership to KPsyA entail?
We hope that very soon, a bill regulating your work will be passed and a Board set up for the same. The role of KPsyA will be to license all psychology practitioners in Kenya as well as accredit institutions teaching psychology.
Why licensure and accreditation?
Know Your Profession: In the medical profession, there are many branches: clinical officers, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and medical doctors. Then among medical doctors, there are specializations: general practitioners, family medicine doctors, pediatricians, gynecologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, and so on. Nurses are governed by the Nurses Act, Dentists by the Dental Board, Doctors by the Medical Board, and so on.
Similarly in Psychology, who are we? Are we counselors or are we psychologists? No one can be both, just like you cannot be a nurse and a doctor at the same time.
For those who know themselves to be psychologists, many nations use this tern only for holders of doctorates in psychology. When KPsyA, started, it was agreed that since the profession was very young in Kenya, we use the term to include MA graduates of psychology. This is the only level of qualification that can practice the profession and open clinics. Other levels can only work within organizations under the supervision of a MA or doctoral level psychologist. This is the practice elsewhere.
There are many branches of psychology and counseling is one of them. Each is named after the training and functions of that particular branch. For example, below are some branches of psychology that are here in Kenya or will be here soon:
The professional functions of these branches are guided and monitored by Psychological Associations in various nations. For example, the American Psychological Association is the standard setting and accreditation body for psychological practitioners and training institutions. Through local associations, people also become members of global bodies.
Specific disciplines of psychology train people in that discipline: educational psychologists train
educational psychology students, while clinicians train clinicians. In the medical field, you cannot find dentists training neurosurgeons, or gynecologists training neurosurgeons because training goes beyond imparting academic knowledge to supervision and modeling of practice in the specific field.
When it comes to practice, educational psychologists work in education not in clinics because their
training specialized them for education settings – schools, colleges, and universities. Such specialization is what mandates that all professional practice begins after MA level of training and above. In other countries, patients sue professional for malpractice, and anyone treating people without the basic training is liable for lawsuits in these locations.
KPsyA Licensing for Practitioners
Through KPsyA, one of our major roles is licensing psychologists to practice at their level and within
their field of training. The level of acknowledgement in Kenya should be the level they can be
acknowledged in other countries. Therefore, although KPsyA opens up its membership all the way to BA psychology holders, only those with MA or above in the relevant field of psychology can be licensed to practice within their discipline and in locations for which they are trained.
To this end, KPsyA encourages all practitioners to frame their Practice Certificates as soon as they
receive them and place them where clients can clearly see them. Group practice certificates will also be given for clinics whose professional team fits these licensing requirements. Similarly, individuals employed to practice psychology in various institutions should also use the same
certificates to indicate professional ability. KPsyA is working hard to make sure that our membership is prepared as Kenyans become more and more aware of their rights to authentic professional care.
In other countries, practitioners are easily sued for malpractice and Kenyans will not be exempt. It
follows that, before long, just like in the medical practice, psychological practitioners may be required to purchase practice insurance to cover such incidences.
Accreditation of Teaching Institutions and Psychology Practicum Sites
Institutions teaching psychology and their psychology curricula as well as Practicum/Internship and
Continuing Education sites for Clinical and Counseling Psychologists will also need Accreditation by the Kenya Psychological Association. This will ensure training and practice content, quality, and professional discipline.
KPsyA stands for quality and accountability in the practice of Psychology in Kenya. Just like medical practice will not sanction someone to do a six-month course in medicine and then open a surgery, so KPsyA lays the same expectations as the rest of the world in the practice of serving the Kenyan population in the area of psychological mental health.
People will give your profession the value that you yourself give it. Similarly, your professional
association validates you and your profession.
Gladys K. Mwiti, PhD
Consulting Clinical Psychologist
Counseling/Therapy, Training, Research, & Consultancy with excellence