Iddi Yire, GNA
Accra, June 28, GNA
– Professor Joseph Osafo, Head, Psychology Department, University of Ghana
(UG), has called on psychologists to embrace psychological consulting and
He said currently
there are a lot crisis management issues and psychologists are likely to be
engaged for their services, and this highlights the need for them to be well
positioned to take up such opportunities.
Prof Osafo said
creating a business from psychology was not an anti-human activity as long as
this was done with the purview of licensure regulations and credible
He said this in his
presentation on ‘Choosing Consulting Career Path’ during a Continuous
Professional Development (CPD) Seminar in Accra.
It was organised by
the Ghana Psychological Association (GPA) in collaboration with the Department
of Psychology, UG and Ghana Telecom University College, on the theme:
“Professional Development and Consulting Protocol: Psychologists as
Prof Osafo said it
is prudent to build policies with science, and these are areas psychologists
can intervene, particularly in education, healthcare, improved productivity,
crime prevention and rehabilitation of criminals, and transport safety.
He said after
graduate training it was important to acquire consultation skills to help
address community needs and fostering social betterment, advocate for
underserved population, and programming interventions especially primary
Speaking to the
Ghana News Agency on the topic Professional Report Writing, Dr Erica D.
Dickson, GPA President, underscored the need for professional report, saying
one could do a good job but failing to communicate it appropriately through a
report was unacceptable.
She said it served
as a record for others who may collaborate with the psychologist working on the
client in various aspects, hence, good record keeping was a good skill and must
be done well.
“If you do not write
a good patient or client records and there are issues that arise, it is the
same documents that would be fallen on, to either settle an ethical case or
legal case, therefore, you must show competency and take notes of essential
details”, she said.
Abdul-Nasiru, an industrial and organisational psychologist, said the role of
psychologists was key in national development, stating that “this is
because when the psychologist is consulting, he or she conducts research and
observes issues, at the same time”.
He said in this
regard whatever recommendations or advise to be given to national policy makers
would be based on facts.
consultants are really strategic and if we want to make progress in terms of
development, they should be engaged,” he said.
Dr Abdul-Nasiru, who
is also a Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, UG, said for instance
issues concerning employment and unemployment, education and even issues about
building human capital were all issues at the doorsteps of psychologists and
could be handled easily.
Dr Collins Badu
Agyemang, Industrial and Organisational Psychologist and National
Vice-President of GPA, told GNA that if someone is not competent, well trained,
well licensed and with the mandate to practice the person begins to adulterate
the service they provide.
He said “the fact
that we deal with clients we need not veer off into romantic relationships and
that we only have the humble privilege to provide psychological services”.
More so, he said,
“by their seductive behavior in dress, glittery makeup, bodily movement and
suggestive remarks, some women at work invite rape, sexual assaults, harassment
which otherwise could have been avoided”.
Dr Agyemang, who
underscored the need for practitioners to brand themselves, noted that the CPD
aims at building the capacity of all professional members, as psychology and
its practice thrives on competency.
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