TAMIU's Hannigan Named ABPP Diplomate
Dr. Terence P. Hannigan, director of Texas A&M International University's
Student Counseling Services and Disability Services for Students, received
the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology,
an important honor that is bestowed on a limited number of psychologists.
"I feel honored to have successfully completed this long road to
board certification. It's a mark of distinction for Student Counseling
Services," Dr. Hannigan explained.
Although the certification is not required for practicing psychologists,
licensed psychologists who feel that they want to stretch as much as they
can to be competent and well-prepared psychologists, seek the certification,
"Once a psychologist has been licensed for two years, it is possible
to begin the certification process, which has three steps: 1) review of
academic and professional credentials; 2) submission of a written presentation
of the psychologist's training and philosophy about psychotherapy and
a detailed case study that demonstrates this philosophy; 3) a day-long,
oral examination that covers the psychologist's philosophy of treatment,
a detailed review of the case study, questions about ethical situations
that psychologists must confront, and other scenarios and how the psychologist
would handle them in a legal, ethical and effective manner. This examination
also covers the psychologist's professional involvement including writings
and publications, presentations at conferences and other professional
meetings, and involvement with professional organizations and in the community,"
Other TAMIU clinical staff are also continuing to progress in upgrading
their professional credentials. Adriana Blasco recently completed requirements
as a licensed professional counselor. Another clinician, Joy Simpson,
will take an exam for her license in the coming months, added Dr. Hannigan.
The process involved in receiving a license includes two years of training,
during and after completion of a doctoral program and a written and oral
exam that includes various psychological, legal and ethical issues that
arise and how to assist such clients. Because college campuses can be
stressful places, students will benefit from the impact of these accomplishments.
Student Counseling Services has also undertaken a national accreditation
process which will examine the quality and quantity of mental health care
provided to the students at the University.
Counseling professionals will evaluate the work done by the office to
insure the highest standards are maintained in the delivery of counseling
and psychological services. "The professional accomplishments for
the clinical staff and the office are hallmarks of providing high quality
services to the students who enroll at TAMIU," said Dr. Hannigan.
For more information, please contact Dr. Hannigan at firstname.lastname@example.org,
call 326.2230 or visit offices in the Student Center.
University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Offices
will be closed Friday, Dec. 24, 2004 until Monday, Jan. 3, 2005.
Spring Semester 2005 classes begin Monday, Jan. 10.
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