Recent events have put the work of psychologists in the public realm, in particular, the work of Dr. Maria Lourdes A. Carandang who is a Fellow, Certified Specialist in Clinical Psychology, Certified Specialist in Counseling Psychology, Certified Specialist in Developmental Psychology, and former President of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP).

All members and certified psychology specialists of the PAP are guided by the Code of Ethics for Philippine Psychologists and are called upon to uphold themselves with the highest possible degree of professionalism in their various functions as psychologists. The PAP acknowledges that Dr. Maria Lourdes A. Carandang is one psychologist who has adhered to the highest professional standards of psychological practice.

Dr. Carandang has served the Filipino psychology community in many important ways, including serving as President of the PAP from 1981 to 1983, and has been an advocate of continuingprofessional development of psychologists in the country. For her various contributions to Philippine psychology, she has been conferred the Outstanding Psychologist award by the Psychological Association of the Philippines in 1988. She has also been honored as a National Social Scientist by the Philippine Social Science Council in 1995. The citation for the latter distinction states that the honor was being conferred, “for outstanding achievement in the discipline of psychology as demonstrated by her competence and ability at applying and translating scientific principles of psychology for the uplift of Filipino children in difficult circumstances; for her commitment and dedication to the community at large; …for enhancing family life through educational use of mass media and contributing to training of future psychologists.”

Her invaluable contribution to helping Filipino children and Filipino families has been recognized by numerous institutions she has worked with for the past three decades, including the Ateneo de Manila University, the University of the Philippines Diliman, and the Cardinal Santos Medical Center. She pioneered play and family therapy in the country and is the Founding Chair and Past President of the Philippine Association for Child and Play Therapy. She has served as consultant to various government and non-government organizations, as well as national and international agencies, including UNICEF, the International Labor Organization, and the International Catholic Child Bureau. She has written numerous books on Filipino children and their families, including “Filipino Children Under Stress: Family Dynamics and Therapy” (1987), “Children in Pain: Studies on Children who are Abused, and are Living in Poverty, Prison and Prostitution” (2002), and “Self-Worth and the Filipino Child: Path to Healing” (2004). She is the Founding Chair and President of the MLAC Institute for Children and Families, Inc.

To date, Dr. Carandang has remained one of the most prominent and highly-esteemed clinical psychologists in the country. The PAP is issuing this statement to let the public know that Dr. Carandang has consistently upheld the Code of Ethics for Philippine Psychologists and has embodied the highest professional standards of psychological practice in the Philippines.

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