As the professional body for psychologists in Ireland the PSI currently represents circa 3,000 members. A primary objective of the Society is to seek to ensure that the public is protected by upholding the highest professional standards in psychologists' education, training and work. To this end, PSI encourages all its eligible members to become fully Chartered Members of the Society.
To be allowed to use the title, "Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland (C. Psychol. PSI)" a psychologist must have the necessary qualifications and experience, commit to adhering to the PSI's Code of Ethics, and continue to engage in their own continuing professional development every year.
This voluntary online directory only lists those Chartered Psychologists who wish to have their names publicly available.
Psychologists may use different titles, such as clinical, educational, counselling, health, forensic, work and organisational, neuropsychology and so on, depending on which postgraduate degree and professional training they undertook after completing their first undergraduate degree in psychology, or equivalent.
You can get a better understanding of what these specialist titles mean by consulting the different PSI Divisions' pages on the PSI website. Whatever their title, all psychologists will share similar basic knowledge, skills and experience - or core competencies. How they use them will vary depending on what type of psychologist they are and where they are working.
The public online search facility allows you to search for any Chartered Psychologist and also for one with a specialist title, i.e. who is on the PSI Division's Specialist Directory. Only Chartered Psychologists who are Full Members of a Division and meet additional criteria may apply to be on a Division's Specialist Directory and use the name of their specialism along with Chartered Psychologist, e.g. Chartered Educational Psychologist (Clinical, Counselling, Health etc) Psychologist.
Not all Chartered Psychologists will have a clinical practice. They work in a range of different settings which will include clinical practice, education, research, the justice system, consultancy, and roles in industry. They may work with individuals, couples, groups, teams and organisations.
It is a Chartered Psychologist's personal responsibility to maintain their fitness to practice in their declared fields of expertise. By applying to be a PSI Chartered Psychologist a psychologist commits to adhere to the PSI's Code of Ethics and to engage in their own continuing professional development every year. This is one of the ways by which PSI endeavours to ensure that the highest standards for safe and effective practice are maintained.
When choosing a psychologist, usually the more you can inform yourself beforehand the better and, depending on why you wish to consult a psychologist, other professionals such as GPs, teachers and counsellors may be able to advise you further.
When making a first appointment with a psychologist it is advisable to discuss practical issues at the outset. These include questions about their training and experience, the kind of services they can provide, their charges, whether these are recognised by health insurance companies, the usual length of sessions etc.
The number of sessions may vary depending on the reasons for attending and is usually negotiated between you and your psychologist. It can also be helpful to speak to more than one psychologist to compare what they offer and to get a better idea of whether or not you feel they can help you.
The Psychological Society of Ireland first established a Directory of Psychologists in 1988. Only psychologists who have met and continue to meet the requirements of the PSI are entitled to use the title" Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland" or it's abbreviation "C. Psychol. PsSI"
To become a Chartered Psychologist a PSI Member must meet the following criteria:
Chartered Psychologists have to register annually and must be in good standing.
This includes adhering to the Society's Code of Ethics.