Fr-DEB-12 - EAWOP Europsy Specialist Certificate

Friday May 19   04:15 PM to 05:45 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Europsy Specialist Certificates: Aims and challenges of the implementation of the specialist standards.

Panelists will be members of the Specialist European Awarding Committee, that supervise the implementation of the project in Europe. A preliminary list is the following:
  • Prof. Jose Ramos (Spain - facilitator)
  • Prof. Rosaleen McElvany (Ireland)
  • Prof. Lourdes Munduate (Spain)
  • Dr. Per Straumsheim (Norway)
  • Prof. Salvatore Zappalà (Italy)
  • Prof. Steve Woods (United Kingdom)

In order to raise the quality of Work and Organizational (W&O) Psychology professional services in Europe, and facilitate mobility of work and organizational psychologists, EAWOP defined the minimum standards that European psychologists should meet in order to qualify for independent practice in the field of W&O psychology. Such standards are one component of the so called “Europsy Specialist Certificate in W&O Psychology”, a project run by the European Federation of Psychologist’s Association (EFPA) and to which EAWOP has strongly contributed both theoretically and practically.
The purpose of this panel discussion is: 1) to inform EAWOP member constituents and the larger audience of W&O practitioners, about the latest developments of the project; 2) to increase knowledge about conditions to establish the body that manages the project in each European nation; 3) to show the variety of situations actually existing across Europe and how standards are met in some countries.
Finally, the panel discussion aims to offer useful information to EAWOP constituents to submit an application in order to be able to issue the Europsy Specialist Certificate in W&O Psychology.
The panel discussion will shortly describe the educational and learning activities that W&O Practitioners are expected to attend after the graduation.  Has the University to have a role in developing and providing such activities? How long and how to structure such learning activities? In some European countries such learning activities are structured in a yearly long and supervised program, while in others they involve many short and loose activities. Is it necessary to build a structured specialist program?  These are some issues of debate.
In addition it is also expected that practitioners show evidence of the specialist competences developed during the stages of the career. This is an important challenge of the project both for applicant practitioners and for the assessors. National experiences will be confronted to reflect on strategies and approaches useful to assess competences.
Participation in Continuous Professional Development is also required. They are offered in many different forms, length and contents across Europe. Panelists will also refer to this aspect in their intervention.
It is believed that the profession will greatly benefit of the theoretical and methodological advancements necessary to develop and refine competences necessary to practice at the specialist level, in the field of Work and Organizational Psychology. Showing that Work and Organizational Psychologists are able to implement a coherent and qualified system to support their own practice, represent a step forward for the whole occupational group. In addition, considering W&O psychologists mobility across European countries, practitioners obtaining the EuroPsy Specialist certificate are able to show that their training and experiences are fulfilling a professional European standard of quality.

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