This year’s PAP convention aims to build on the collaboration that transpired in last year’s conference, wherein psychology professionals shared research, best practices, and learning experiences. The theme of this year’s convention is “Philippine Psychology in Challenging Times,” which signifies the psychology community’s continued dedication and commitment in fostering psychological knowledge that may contribute to the betterment of our nation.
In one of her speeches, PAP Outstanding Psychologist Dr. Maria Caridad H. Tarroja mentioned that these may be trying yet opportune times for the psychology profession. Our nation needs mental health professionals to help address current societal concerns such as responding to disasters, and in assisting in the recovery and reformation of substance users. Likewise, we are continuously challenged to keep promoting mental health, and to push for the continued professionalization of psychology in the Philippines. This year’s convention aims to further equip psychologists, psychometricians, counselors, and other mental health professionals with the knowledge and skills to respond to these challenges.