Community Psychology Division (6) 2004 (
Prepared by Prof. Dr. J. J. Sanchez-Sosa, Division President
The present report builds up from the one submitted to the IAAP Presidency in 2003. Such report described initial progress regarding the Division's participation in five main activities: 1. supporting the foundation of the Latin American Association of Schools and Institutes of Psychology. 2. Preparing a chapter for a book on therapeutic adherence under the coordination of the General Directorship for Non-communicable Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO). 3. Preparing a chapter on integral professional training in psychology from an international perspective. 4. Collaboration with the Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership project (UNESCO). 5. Actions aimed at increasing membership to the association.
1. Latin American Association of Schools and Institutes of Psychology
In May, 2003 the
Executive Council of the Union of Latin American Universities (UDUAL by its
initials in Spanish and Portuguese) held its meeting at the Federal University
of Mato Grosso, Brazil. The
council is composed by 16 university presidents representing four regions in
UDUAL also lodges associations of deans and departmental chairs from its member universities by discipline including economics, nursing, medicine, architecture, systems engineering, dentistry, law, and accounting, among others. These associations are called Cooperation and Study Organizations, within the UDUAL structure.
Up until 2003 the
As a follow up, the Division 6 Presidency, has kept a key supporting role to the newly founded association through the following activities: A) networking research groups, especially in the areas of clinical and health psychology. B) Promoting advanced (professional degree) student exchange among the member schools and institutes. C) Promoting agreement on accreditation criteria and procedures for clinical training programs.
2. Adherence to long term therapies.
publication of the English version of the book containing the final report of
the group assembled by WHO, the head of the project Dr. Eduardo Sabate has informed IAAP's
Division 6 that the book is now being translated into Spanish and will be
released shortly. The WHO office for non-communicable diseases is pondering the
possibility to translate the report into other languages. In a set of additional
actions, the Division's presidency has begun promoting the conduction of
research projects on therapeutic adherence by research groups in
3. A global curriculum for professional psychology
As a follow up to
the conference on Combined and Integrated programs in Psychology, held at
4. Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership.
As a follow up to the World Conference for Higher Education + 5 meeting, the group reconvened during the September, 2003 meeting of the Executive Council of the International Association of Universities held contiguously to the 23rd Annual Congress of the European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy in Prague. During the meeting IAAP's Division 6 formally offered to help disseminate the Higher Education and Sustainability Toolbox and to assist in translating it into Spanish. The toolbox consists of a series of educational materials for different educational levels, aimed at promoting capacity building and education for sustainable development. The main idea consists of offering the toolbox to the deans and departmental chairs of the Association of Schools and Institutes of Psychology of Latin America either through their university presidents or directly to the deans (whatever appears more effective).
5. In order to
promote member affiliations to IAAP's Division 6, and
the agenda agreed upon in
invites all Divisional Presidents, officers and friends of IAAP to contribute
suggestions to these actions and to propose new ones in the spirit of both the
agenda agreed upon in