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Global Promise: Quality Assurance and Accountability in
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Judy Hall and Elizabeth Altmaier

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306088.001.0001

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Practice and Regulation of Professional Psychology in Latin America

Practice and Regulation of Professional Psychology in Latin America

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(p.109) 5 Practice and Regulation of Professional Psychology in Latin America
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Global Promise: Quality Assurance and Accountability in Professional Psychology
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Laura Hernández-Guzmán

Juan José Sánchez-Sosa

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306088.003.0005

Even though many Latin American universities date as far back as the 16th century and professions such as law or medicine have been regulated since the beginning of the 20th century, the teaching and practice of professional psychology is rather new and socioeconomic conditions hinder fast progression and consolidation as compared to in the United States, Canada, and most countries in Europe. To date, several national and international initiatives promote government globalization. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Central American Council of accreditation, and MERCOSUR or IESALC-UNESCO have limited the designation and accreditation of certain existing organizations that regulate the practice of psychology. Thus, local government departments of higher education assume the accreditation and certification or induced professional, with decentralized organizations acting as regulators under government supervision. Now, the challenge of Latin American countries is to create the necessary conditions and criteria for carrying out the evaluation of their educational programs and also the graduates from those programs.

Keywords:   latin America, globalization, certification, educational programs, graduates, universities

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