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Guide to registering for your PRC license in Psychology (Updated)

07/31/2014 9 comments
Photo: Window 19 in the PRC Main Building.

Photo: Window 19 in the PRC Main Building.

So, your application for registration without examination for psychologists and psychometricians has finally been approved.  Congratulations!  Now what’s your next move?  Below is a step-by-step guide to register for a Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) license in Psychology.  (Click here for more on Republic Act No. 10029 [The Psychology Law]).

Updated Procedures (Based on the ‘Procedures and Requirements’ listed on the back of the PR Oath Form) [Updated as of July 31, 2014]

Step 1: Check the PRC website to see if you are among those who were approved for licensure without examination.  Should your name be among those listed, take note of the calendar dates when you will be allowed to go to the PRC to register for you Psychology or Psychometrcian license and oath taking.

Step 2: As you enter PRC, immediately line up at one of the two windows on the far right.  Once you reach either window, request for an Oath Form and two pieces of metered documentary stamps [P21 each] (one to be affixed onto the Oath Form and the other for the Certificate of Registration).  Note: if you are registering for more than one license, you will need to ask for a separate Oath Form and pay for the corresponding metered stamps.

Step 3: Fill out the Oath Form. Note: You will be required to provide your current Community Tax Certificate (CTC |Cedula), a short brown envelope [with name and the profession that you are registering for], two (2) 2×2 passport sized photos, and one (1) 1×1 colored photo [White background, collared shirt, name-tag].  It is best to have these items on-hand before entering the PRC.

Step 4: Proceeded to Window 12 in the PRC Main Building for verification of records and assessment.  Note: This is the new Window assigned to those applying for the Psychology and Psychometrician license without examination.

Step 5: After receiving your documents, you can now pay the registration and additional fees at any window—found right outside—the PRC Main Building. Note: Each registration will cost P1050 PHP.

Step 6: Return to Window 12 to accomplish any remaining forms: Fill out your PRC registration card, affix your right thumb mark onto the aforementioned card, sign the registry book, and most importantly, make sure that you have received your claim stub. Note: PRC license cards will be be released two months from the day you complete this registration.

Well, that’s it for now.  Congratulations again for being among the first to be registered as a licensed Psychologist/Psychometrician in the Philippines.

Licensed PRC Psychologist (July 2014)

07/15/2014 Leave a comment
Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Logo.

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Logo.

I am happy to announce that the Professional Regulation Commission’s (PRC) Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology has approved my application for registration without examination as a Psychologist (No. 511) under the Philippine Psychology Act of 2009.

I would also like to thank the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology: Chairperson Dr. Miriam P. Cue, Dr. Imelda Virginia G. Villar, and Dr. Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang for this honor and I look forward to all of the responsibilities that come with being a licensed psychologist.

The oath taking for the third batch of Psychologists and Psychometricians Without Examination will be during the PAP 51st Annual Convention at Xavier Sports & Country Club, Cagayan de Oro City between August 21-23.  For those unable to attend the annual convention, the next oath taking will fall on October 2014.

Featured on TV5’s Reaksyon with Luchi Cruz-Valdez (March 4, 2014)

03/04/2014 Leave a comment

Reaksyon: Walang kamatayang paghanga ng Pinoy sa basketball (Reaction: The Filipino’s never-ending admiration for basketball)

As part of a segment on ‘Die hard’ Filipino basketball fans, a TV5 news crew came by my clinic to get my thoughts on the game of basketball in the Philippines as well as the role that social media plays in attracting its current and future fan base. [7:28 to 8:42 mark].

Click here for the entire segment.

Talk on “Benefits of Sports Psychology with Injured Athletes.”

09/30/2013 Leave a comment
Immediate and Post Surgical Management of Sports Injuries

My talk on Sports Psychology is set at 2:00 PM.

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Makati Medical Center (MMC) has invited me to speak on the “Benefits of Sports Psychology  with Injured Athletes” (2:00 PM to 2:45 PM) during their Lay Forum on Immediate & Post Surgical Management of Sports Injuries.

The lay forum is free to all interested parties including coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and graduate students of physical therapy and physical education.  It will be held at the MMC Auditorium, 8th Floor, Tower II, Makati Medical Center, Makati City on October 4, 2013.

Ever wonder why you read the same book or watch the same show over and over again?

08/18/2013 1 comment
"Other times, the film simply serves as ambient noise while I fall asleep."

“Other times, the film simply serves as ambient noise while I fall asleep.”

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that I have repeatedly watched—to some degree—the same movie each night before going to bed.  Oftentimes, I cut straight to my favorite parts and mouth choice lines even before they grace my iPad’s screen.  Other times, the film simply serves as ambient noise while I fall asleep.

Have you ever had a similar experience?  Stopped to reflect: Why this particular movie considering you have watched so many others?

According to Scientific American writer Sunny Sea Gold, people tend to “use familiar entertainment to measure how their lives have changed in positive ways.”  While in a study conducted by Cristel Antonia Russell as cited in Gold (2012) on people who had “recently ‘reconsumed’ a book, movie, or vacation spot,” it was gleamed that the respondents engage in familiar activities due to the comfort that they will receive from it (e.g., excitement, laughter, relaxation, etc.).

In addition, the respondents also “gained personal insight” and some measure of “growth” based whenever they watched the rerun or jumped back into that familiar book.

What was your personal insight?  Was it a positive or negative one?

Why not get a pen and paper and jot down some notes today.

Contact information:

If you would like to set an appointment, you can reach Dr. Villasor at the Makati Medical Center trunk line number: 888-8999 (Local 2357) or through their direct line: 844-2941.

Finding that need to exercise

08/12/2013 Leave a comment

As I was preparing for my circuit training class one afternoon, a fellow trainee came up to me and asked, “How do I motive myself to exercise?”  I thought about it for a moment and replied, “Well, getting yourself to the gym would be a good start.  Once you’re here and see all of us preparing—you’ll be raring to join us.”

Although said in a lighthearted manner, my classmate (if you will) got my point: Desiring exercise starts with putting oneself in an environment that promotes exercise.  This is followed by the need to have an intrinsic and realistic exercising goal that is not time bound.  To put it another way, your health/exercise goals should be your own and you shouldn’t forget to have fun while on your way to achieving them.

Exercise goals are long-term goals.  After all, very few of us can be like Elysium actor Matt Damon and spend four hours a day in the gym and be disciplined in what we eat—given the enormity of healthy food choices that we have available to us.  If you know what I mean…

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Select an exercise activity that you find interesting and do some research – What is it? Is there a gym near you that offers it?  What are their rates?
  2. Like Goldilocks, try and try until you find the perfect fit – Don’t be discouraged if you are not too thrilled with your first exercise choice.  Just think that you have yet to discover the new one.
  3. Consult your doctor before engaging in any physical activity – Best to get the necessary clearances for your peace of mind.
  4. Start out the right way – Consult with a trainer or instructor for your first few sessions so that you’ll be more informed on the proper execution of your chosen exercise.
  5. Don’t forget to have fun and ‘rest days.’ – Getting fit and feeling better can be an enriching experience so always be mindful of the journey and not the destination.  Also know when to take a day off and rest as too much exercise may lead to unanticipated injuries.

Enjoy your exercise journey guys!

Contact information:

If you would like to set an appointment, you can reach Dr. Villasor at the Makati Medical Center trunk line number: 888-8999 (Local 2357) or through their direct line: 844-2941.

Long distance relationships: Are they workable?

08/02/2013 1 comment

In all honesty, the success of any long distance relationship boils down to four factors: Love, Trust, Resolve and a concrete Plan.  I believe that the absence of any of these factors could contribute heavily to the end of the relationship as well as some feelings of resentment, loss of self-worth, anxiety, and even depression on the part of one or both partners.

Unique relationships such as this usually call for some measure of sacrifice (e.g., having to leave the security of family and friends, changing jobs or lifestyle, move to a different country or state), as the ultimate goal should be to bring both lovers together for an indefinite period of time.  Oftentimes, one partner is called upon to make a greater sacrifice that he or she may not be ready to commit to because of its enormity and that it is filled with unparalleled uncertainty.  That said, couples may find themselves setting aside these tough decision and simply be contented with “what they have now.”

There in lies the problem as no definite timetable or concrete plan leaves you only in the moment.  So, what’s next?  Where do you go from here? Why are you in this relationship in the first place?

Questions that will eventually have to be answered…or maybe in your heart you’ve known the answer all along but just haven’t mustered the courage to embrace it.

If you are having trouble reaching a decision regarding your long distance relationship or would just like to have some personal clarity on the matter, here are five questions that you can reflect on:

  1. Are you ‘in love’ or ‘in love with the idea of being in love?’
  2. If your have arguments (or course you do), how are they normally resolved? Was it truly resolved or did you just set it aside?
  3. Was there ever a time that you didn’t have your ‘best foot forward?’ How did that turn out?
  4. Would you consider yourself the type of person who changes people for the better?
  5. How do you deal with regret?

Good luck guys!  Do this and it is my sincerest hope that it will be workable.

Contact information:

If you would like to set an appointment, you can reach Dr. Villasor at the Makati Medical Center trunk line number: 888-8999 (Local 2357) or through their direct line: 844-2941.


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