Employing Psychologist Assistants in Ghana: A Needful Cry
Authors: Crenscens Osei Bonsu Ofori, Nana Yaa Asakuma Ansah Boateng, Edith Ekuyea Merley Offei
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Psychologist assistants in Ghana are graduates with bachelor’s degrees in psychology who have been registered by the Ghana Psychological Council. They work under professional psychologists to deliver psychological services and are effective in providing basic psychological first aid in many work settings. Though a common practice in countries like the United Kingdom and United States of America to recruit psychologist assistants, not much has been done in Ghana. By recruiting psychologist assistants, it will provide them the opportunity support licensed psychologists in fields such as education, health, business, security and sports. Thereby, providing a source of employment. In addition, this effort will serve as a means to gain relevant work experience for postgraduate training in psychology. This will decrease the unemployment rate of graduates with psychology and advance the discipline of psychology in Ghana.