Brief on the Ghana Psychology Council
In the Eight Hundred and Fifty Seventh Act (Act 857) of the Parliament of Ghana of the Republic of Ghana was passed and entitled Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013. Part Five of ACT 857 establishes the body corporate of the Ghana Psychological Council.
Psychological health for all people living in Ghana.
Authenticity, Community, Excellence, Genuineness.
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 of the Council
- Assess facilities and content of training programmes of psychologists, therapists and lay practitioners
- Ensure that the pre-registration training of newly qualified psychologists, therapists and lay practitioners in accredited training institutions meets the required standards
- Conduct examinations for the registration of locally and foreign trained psychologists, therapists and lay practitioners
- Conduct examinations for the registration of locally trained psychologists, therapists and lay practitioners who do not meet the prescribed conditions for registration
- Compile and keep registers of registered practitioners
- Prescribe and enforce professional standards and conduct for practitioners
- Exercise disciplinary power over professionals and lay practitioners (lay counsellors)
- Licensing of Premises
- Licensing of Corporate Bodies
- Perform any other functions that are ancillary to the objects of the Council.
Committees of the Council
- Paraprofessionals and Lay Practitioners
- Ethics and Research