Practicing Psychologists in Uganda Move to Form Umbrella Body

Participants in the three day Counsellors Conference at
Makerere University

Members in the practice of psychology in Uganda are looking to establish an umbrella body to make the discipline more professional organized in addition to being legally recognized.

During the Annual Counselors Conference that began on Wednesday, buy information pills Dr. James Kagari the Acting Chairman of Uganda Council of Psychologists called for more sensitization of members on the importance of legally establishing a unifying body which will boost the profession.

“It is important to get a mandate through a charter which will enable us operate as well as safeguard us from individuals who masquerade as psychologists. The law will check unprofessional tendencies and penalize the culprits, advice ” Dr. Kagari told Chimpreports in an interview on the sidelines of the conference at Makerere University.

For a long time, psychologists in Uganda have practiced in numerous classes; applied, industrial, counseling, education, political and sports with lack of a collective voice. All these rely on psychology as
a therapy. However Parliament recently asked that they form a body before they can legally be established.

Dr. Kagari also highlighted a need to undertake a review of the education curriculum so as to ensure qualified personnel.

The Uganda Council of Psychologists is currently constituted by at least 1,500 counselors according to the body’s spokesperson Ali Male.


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