Brief on Ghana Psychology Council

Ghana Psychology Council (GPC) is an independent body established under Act 857 of the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana, to secure in the public interest, the highest standards in the training and practice of psychology. GPC is dedicated to regulating the training and practice of psychologists, therapists and lay practitioners across Ghana. The council is governed by a ten member board and operates using four committees.

Mandate

To secure in the public interest the highest standards in the training and practice of applied psychology.

Mission

To ensure that psychological services are provided by well trained and licensed professionals/ practitioners in accredited institutions.

Vision

Psychological health for all people living in Ghana.

Values

Authenticity, Community, Excellence, Genuineness, Professionalism

OUR SYMBOL

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“The Council’s logo has the Greek capital letter PSI (Ѱ) and the Adinkra symbol NSAA that is a symbol of Excellence, Genuineness, and Authenticity. The full sentence of the symbol NSAA is “Nea onim Nssa na ϽtϽ n’ago” meaning the one who knows the Nssa (valued blanket) is willing to buy it even if it is old.”

FUNCTIONS

  1. Assess facilities and content of programmes for the training of psychologists, therapists, paraprofessionals and lay practitioners (lay counsellors)
  2. Ensure that the pre-registration training of newly qualified psychologists, therapists, paraprofessionals and lay practitioners in accredited training institutions meets the required standards;
  3. Conduct examinations for the registration of foreign trained psychologists, therapists, paraprofessionals and lay practitioners
  4. Conduct examinations for the registration of locally trained psychologists, therapists, paraprofessionals and lay practitioners who do not meet the prescribed conditions for registration
  5. Compile and keep registers of registered practitioners
  6. Prescribe and enforce professional standards and conduct for practitioners
  7. Exercise disciplinary power over professionals and lay practitioners (lay counsellors)
  8. Licensing of premises
  9. Licensing of corporate bodies
  10. Perform any other functions that are ancillary to the objects of the Council.

Council Members

Prof. Angela Ofori-Atta is the Chairperson of the Psychology Council. She is the founder and director of the Psych Corps, a program for national service psychology graduates set up in collaboration with Yale University, University of Ghana Department of Psychiatry and the National Service Secretariat. She currently teaches at the University of Ghana School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is well known for her published research and pilots culturally appropriate service delivery in mental health. Prof Ofori-Atta pioneered how to teach young people in public schools about AIDS, set up mental health services in Ghana’s Upper West Region and organized volunteers to participate in activities with children of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital for the last 20 years. She was co principal investigator for the Mental Health and Poverty Project in Ghana. Her interest in Governance has led her to serve on a number of boards including those of Ghana Integrity Initiative, Center for Democratic Governance, National Vocational Training Institute, The Roman Ridge School, The Enterprise Group and Databank Financial Services Ltd. Prof. Ofori-Atta served as a Deputy Minister for Manpower Development and Employment in President Kufuor’s administration, worked on President Johnson Sirleaf’s 2005 election campaign, and actively advocated for the passage of Ghana’s mental health law passed in 2012. She is the immediate past president of the Ghana Psychological Association.
Prof. C. Charles Mate-Kole, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Founding Director, Centre for Ageing Studies, College of Humanities, and Consultant Neuropsychologist, Department of Psychiatry (School of Medicine and Dentistry); University of Ghana. His previous appointments include; Head of Department, Department of Psychology, University of Ghana; Professor of Psychology and Founding Director, Centre for Africana Studies, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut, USA; Geroneuropsychologist, Queen Elizabeth (QEll) Health Sciences Center (formerly Camp Hill Medical Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Research Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry (Gender Identity Clinic), Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School (now Imperial College School of Medicine), London, UK; . Immediate Past President, Ghana Psychological Association. Other positions include; Professor Emeritus – Psychology, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut, USA; Founding Member and Executive Member, (formerly General Secretary), Pan African Psychology Union (PAPU) in Durban, South Africa; Founding Editor-in-Chief; the Ghana International Journal of Mental Health. His research is mainly in the area of neuropsychology, especially ageing and health, traumatic brain injury, dementia and cognitive remediation after brain damage; sexuality and ageing; development of an assessment tool for detecting cognitive impairments and suspected brain dysfunction. In the past decade, he has developed interest in African cultural values and behaviour.
Dr. Robert Akuamoah-Boateng hold a PhD Industrial Psychology from University of Kent at Canterbury, UK (1989); an MA Organization Psychology from New York University (1982) and a BA Psychology with Sociology from University of Ghana (1977). He was a lecturer at University of Ghana and was the Head Department of Psychology between 2003 – 2005 and 2009-2010. Dr. Akuamoah Boateng was an Executive Member of the Ghana Psychology Association and was the President of the Association (GPA) 2003 – 2005. He was a member of a number of Boards and Committees at the University of Ghana. These includes Academic, Administration, Admission and Examiners Boards; and Inter-Faculty and Junior / Senior Staff Appointment and Promotion Committees. Dr. Robert Akuamoah Boateng is a Member of ADRA Ghana Management Board; Executive member of University of Ghana Pensioners Association and Ghana Federation of Pensioners Associations. He has provided consultancy services for a number of organization and is currently the Sole proprietor of Retirement planner and Managing consultant Industrial/Organizational Psychology Consult Ltd. He has a number of research publications and books to his credit
Mrs. Charlotte Myers is a Clinical psychologist. She obtained her B.A. degree in Nursing and Psychology and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ghana. She is a Deputy Director of Nursing Service. She was a tutor at the Pantang Nurses Training College. She also served as a member of the Academic and Welfare Committee at the Pantang Nurses Training School. Charlotte was an examiner for the Nurses and Midwife Council of Ghana. She currently serves as a panel member for selection interviews for nursing students. She was a pioneer member of staff who worked at the Tamale West Hospital where she was the officer-in-charge of the obstetric and Gygnaecology Department. Mrs. Charlotte Myers is currently working at the Lekma Hospital as the Clinical Psychologist. She served as the Welfare Chairperson for the Hospital Staff from 2014 to 2016. She is also the Officer-in-charge of the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for Lekma Hospital, Accra. Mrs. Charlotte Myers has helped in training many health and psychology students (interns) clinically. Mrs. Charlotte Myers is the Clinical Psychologist for Achimota Senior High School and Accra Girls Senior High School. She is also the Clinical Psychologist for America Relief Center, an organization that provides shelter for victims of sexual and physical abuse. Mrs. Charlotte Myers has been a facilitator in workshops for many organizations including Ghana Health Services, Local Government of Ghana and Ghana Fire Service. She has attended many workshops for capacity building and also obtained certificates for many short courses. The recent Certificate Course was in Conflict and Crisis Management at the Ghana Armed Forces and Staff College, Otu Barracks at Teshie-Accra. She has also obtained a Trainer of Trainers (TOT) Certificate in child protection guidelines for Health Workers. Mrs. Charlotte Myers is a member of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association, Nurses and Midwife Council of Ghana and Ghana Psychological Association (GPA).
Rev. Dr. Samuel Anyete-Nyampong is the Clerk of General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. He is also the Vice-President of World Communion of Reformed Churches, Hanover, Germany. Rev. Dr. Anyete-Nyampong was the Chairperson, Akuapem Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in 2011- 2012 and the Director for the Presbyterian Interfaith Research and Resource Centre, Accra-Ghana in 2010-2011. In 2004-2010- Director, Department of Ecumenical and Social Relations of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana Rev. Rev. Dr. Anyete-Nyampong had PhD and MTh in Practical Theology (Pastoral Care and Counselling of Older Adults) form Aberdeen University, Scotland. He had BA. From University of Ghana; and Management for Development Foundation (MDF), Ede, Netherlands-Certificate in Institutional Development and Organisational Strengthening (ID/OS). Rev. Dr. Anyete-Nyampong is External Examiner for University of Pretoria, South Africa and was External Examiner in Practical Theology, Central University College, Accra. He was Postgraduate Supervisor, Trinity Theological Seminary and Supervisor for Postgraduate Thesis in Practical Theology, Central University College, Ghana. Rev. Dr. Anyete-Nyampong was Adjunct Lecturer in Practical Theology, Central University College, Ghana ( Lecturer in Postgraduate and Undergraduate Courses in Conflict Resolution and Management and Pastoral Care and Counselling); and a Tutor at Ramseyer Training Centre (RTC) Abetifi-Kwahu, where he taught Psychology and Pastoral Care and Counselling. Rev. Dr. Anyete-Nyampong is in charge of all International/Ecumenical Relations and Partnerships of the Church. This includes all PCG church relations in Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Scotland, England, Canada, USA, Brazil, Australia, Jamaica, and other mission and ecumenical organizations such as the Christian Council of Ghana, World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), the African Partnership Consultation (APC), Africa Continental Assembly (ACA), Mission 21 in Basel, the 17 Association of Churches and Missions in Southwestern Germany (EMS). He was once the Executive Director- Christian Action on Ageing in Africa (Voluntary non-paid service): Designing programmes on ageing and implementing community education activities and research on ageing in Ghana and Africa; Principal Consultant- Care and Counselling Consultancy, Ghana (Carried out training workshops on Stress Management and Burnout for the newly established Grid Company (GRIDCO) of the Volta River Authority; Resident Minister, Christ Presbyterian Church, Adentan, Accra; and Counsellor, National Reconciliation Commission, Ghana (Professional Counsellor serving on the Ghana National Reconciliation Commission that organized Public Hearings into about 4,000 cases of Human Right Abuses perpetrated since Ghana’s Independence in March 1957 to 1993 and Organised Public Education on Human Rights in five Regions of Ghana during the period of the National Reconciliation Commission. Rev. Dr. Anyete-Nyampong has significant number of research publication to his credit.
Mr. Jonathan Acquah is a Lawyer by profession and a Principal State Attorney at the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice. He was called to the Ghana Bar in 1999 and he is a Member of the Ghana Bar Association. As a Principal State Attorney, he represents and defends the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Republic of Ghana in civil litigation in Court and reviews local and international and bilateral agreements, contracts, memoranda of understanding and gives legal opinions on same. He also presents Legal Papers at local and international Seminars, Workshops and Conferences (eg. Seminars/Conferences organized by Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU) and International Red Cross Society (IRCS – Humanitarian Law); and represents the Attorney-General on Government Commissions/Committees and gives legal advice. Prior to Mr. Jonathan Acquah’s present employment, he worked at the erstwhile Serious Fraud Office (now Economic and Organised Crime Office) as Senior Controller, Legal and Prosecutions and was the Legal/Administrative 19 Manager of Glory Oil Company Limited. He was also a Managing Partner of Fafali Law Chambers in Accra. He taught English Language and Literature in English at the then Labone Secondary School for eight years. Mr. Jonathan Acquah is a Member of the Committee of Legal Advisers and the Constitution Review Committee of the Global Evangelical Church and also serves as the Session Secretary of the Global Evangelical Church, Adonai Chapel, Madina-Accra. He is involved in marital counseling at his Church. Mr. Jonathan Acquah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Diploma in Education awarded by the University of Cape Coast. He also holds a Qualifying Certificate in Law awarded by the Ghana School of Law. He is a married man with two children.
Prof. Kwaku Appiah-Adu (PhD) is Head of the Delivery Unit at the Vice President’s Secretariat, Office of the President, Republic of Ghana. He is a Chartered Architect, Professor of Strategy and former Dean of Central University Business School. From 2002 to 2009, Kwaku worked at the Office of the President, where he was Head of Policy Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation, Chairman of the Oil and Gas Technical Committee, Director of Ghana’s Central Governance Project and member of the President’s Investors’ Advisory Council, as well as the Advisory Board for the UN Initiative on Continental Shelf Delineation. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and lectured at the Universities of Cardiff and Portsmouth. An author of several publications, three of his recently edited books are: (i) Governance of the Petroleum Sector in an Emerging Developing Economy; (ii) Key Determinants of National Development (co18 edited with Mahamudu Bawumia), and (iii) Context: Executing Strategy in Developing Economies (co-edited with Bawumia and Kwapong). With over 100 scholarly papers, he has facilitated workshops and presented papers at several international forums. Kwaku has been elected to the ANBAR Hall of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to the Literature and Body of Knowledge. He has chaired and served on various boards in the public and private sectors. Currently, he is Board Chairman of GLICO Pensions Trustee Company Ltd, Advisory Board member of the Lupcon Centre for Business Research (Germany), Independent Director of the Shell Pensions Fund and Director of Switchback Developers Limited. He has received many awards, including the President’s Award for exceptional contribution to national developmen
Nana Kwabena Adjei-Mensah is a seasoned Public Financial Management (PFM) Expert. He has been a former Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and a former Deputy Controller and Accountant General. He also worked as a Financial Management Expert in the Office of the Senior Minister (J.H. Mensah). Until his appointment to the Ministry of Health as Acting Chief Director, he was the Technical Advisor to the Minister of Finance with special focus on Public Financial Management (GIFMIS) and Expenditure. During his tenure as Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance, Nana Adjei-Mensah was responsible for the preparation and implementation of the national budget. He was the Sector Lead of the Public Financial Management (PFM) for the Government of Ghana in all deliberation and negotiations with Development Partners. He has consulted for several development partners including Danida, UNICEF and DFID. Nana Adjei-Mensah holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the Milan, Italy and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Cape Coast. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants (FCCA). He serves on the Board of EXIM Bank of Ghana. He is the Ankobeahene and the Acting President of Nkoranza Traditional Council. Nana has been in the forefront for the Review and implementation of the Treasury Single Accounts (TSA) and Cash Management System of the GIFMIS project.
Rev. Dr. Dinah Baah-Odoom is the Registrar of the Ghana Psychology Council. She holds a B.A. (Hons) in Nursing and Psychology and MPhil in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ghana. She obtained her PhD (Health Psychology) from The University of Birmingham, UK. Rev. Dr. Dinah Baah-Odoom has Diplomas in Global Mental Health from the New Medical School, Lisbon Portugal, and Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from The University of Birmingham, UK. Rev. Dr. Dinah Baah-Odoom worked as a Clinical Psychologist at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital for many years. She is a consultant psychologist for a number of private institutions. She pioneered the establishment of School Mental Health Programme at fifteen (15) basics and ten (10) secondary schools in Ghana; and trained a number of secondary school teachers and administrators to identify mental health problems in young people and to initiate treatment or refer appropriately. Rev. Dr. Baah-Odoom rose to become Deputy Chief Psychologist and Deputy Director of the Ministry of Health and the Head of Clinical Services Development of Ghana Health Service. Rev. Dr. Baah-Odoom was a Resource Person and facilitated numerous Continuous Professional Development Programmes for Ministry of Health and other private and quasi-government bodies. She contributed in no small ways to development of policies, guidelines and manuals for Ghana Health Service and Ministry of Health. Rev. Dr. Baah-Odoom was a past Vice President of the Ghana Psychological Association, and at one time the treasurer. She was nominated as the Registrar for the Board of Examiners for the Ghana Psychological Association in 2001. She was very instrumental in getting the Part Five (Ghana Psychology Council) of the Act 857 (the Health Professionals Regulatory Act) passed. Rev. Dr. Baah-Odoom is a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing (Mental Health) and a Foundation Fellow of the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives. In 2012 -2013, she acted as the Secretary to the Education Committee Taskforces of the West African College of Nursing in preparation for the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives Council. Rev. Dr. Baah-Odoom is the Board Chair of West Africa AIDS Foundation and a Board Member of Mosano and Apam Senior High Schools. She has considerable expertise in research and teaching and has to her credit, a book, chapters in books, and a significant number of published articles in academic journals; and has presented scientific papers and posters in many conferences.

COMMITTEES

The Council has four Committees, the Registrar is the substantive secretary to all the committees. The committees, its membership and responsibilities are listed below.

This committee assists the Council with the assessment of facilities and content of programmes for the training of psychologists, paraprofessionals and other counsellors. Also helps with the accreditation and setting accreditation standards of the content of the psychology training institutions. 

The Committee Members are:

1. Prof C. Charles Mate-Kole – Chairman 
2. Ms. Anna Plange – Secretary
3. Prof. Eric Nyarko Simpson 
4. Dr. Araba Sefa-Dedeh 
5. Dr. Epiphania E. Bonsi 
6. Dr. Kwesi Nkum Wilson

This Committee by ensuring that the pre-registration training of newly qualified psychologists, paraprofessionals and lay practitioners in accredited training institutions meet the required standards; and their continual education and professional developments. Assists with the conduction of examinations for the registration of foreign and locally trained. Also assists the Council with the licensing of facilities/premises and corporate bodies.

 

The Committee Members are:

  1. Dr. Robert Akuamoah-Boateng – Chairman
    2. Mrs. Charlotte Esi Myers – Secretary
    3. Prof Francis K. Amedehe
    4. Prof. Linda Naa Dzama Forde
    5. Aps. James Kofi Abbrey
    6. Ms. Patricia Mawusi Amos
    7. Dr. Abasimi Edward

This Committee is in charge of disciplinary, ethical and research issues. Also helps with development of Guidelines, Standards and Protocols for the Council.

 

The Committee Members are:

1. Rev. Dr. Samuel Anyete-Nyampong – Chairman
2. Ms. Priscilla Hanson – Secretary
3. Mr. Jonathan Acquah
4. Dr. Adote Anum
5. Dr. Angela Dwamena Aboagye
6. Dr. Lily Naa Ayorkor Kpobi

This Committee is responsible for the training and conduct of paraprofessionals and lay practitioners.

The Committee Members are:

1. Prof. Charity Akotia – Chairman
2. Mr. Samuel Yawson – Secretary
3. Dr. Samuel Oheneba Dornyo
4. Dr. Osei Tutu Anabella
5. Mr. George Tetteh
6. Dr. Stephen Jantuah



THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Responsible for the day-today administration of the affairs of the Council and is answerable to the Council/Board in the performance of functions of the Council
  2. Compile and keep registers of registered practitioners, accredited training institutions, premises and corporate bodies.
  3. Performs other functions determined by the Board/Council
  4. Secretary to the Council
  5. May delegate a function to an officer of the Council but shall not be relieved from the ultimate responsibility for the performance of the delegated function
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