About & History

Establishment and History of MSCP

The idea for a professional association for clinical psychologists began in the early 2000 with a handful of clinical psychologists working towards having a professional voice and registration to protect professional integrity as well as public interest. Due to the small number of available clinical psychologists then it took a number of years before more clinical psychologists became interested in setting up a professional organization. Issues that led to the need for a professional association included professional registration, representation, regulation, and indemnity. Meetings were held in Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Health Psychology Unit of UKM’s Kuala Lumpur campus, as well as at HELP University College in building up and refining objectives for a professional association.

By 2009, a committed group began working towards setting up a protem committee for what we now know as the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology. A meeting of around 40 clinical psychologists in Dec 2009 elected a protem committee that then worked on registering the Society with the Registrar of Societies.

This protem committee was:

  • President:  Prof. Dr. Alvin Ng Lai Oon
  • Vice President:  Dr. Rahmatullah Khan
  • Secretary: Ms. Yang Wai Wai
  • Asst. Secretary: Pn. Safiyyah Abd Aziz (who took over Wai Wai when she went for her PhD)
  • Treasurer: Ms. Loh Sit Fong
  • Council Members:  Prof. Hjh. Normah Che Din, Assoc. Prof. Vijayalakshmi C. Ratnam (Vijichandran), Dr. Lynne Yong Ee Lin, Dr. Rachel Ting Sing Kiat

It is also important to acknowledge the pioneering work of those who laid the foundations of building our new association since the beginnings in 2001. There are too many names to mention because we received many contributions from all over.

It is also important to mention that the development and establishment of this Society has been given support by the psychiatrist community as well as other health sciences professionals.


Objectives:

  • To advance the scientific study and professional practice of psychology and enhance the contribution of psychology for the promotion of public welfare by encouraging the development of clinical psychology.
  • To promote and improve research in psychology; promoting high standards of professional ethics, competence, conduct, education, qualifications and achievement amongst clinical psychologists.
  • To promote the dissemination of psychological knowledge and thought through meetings, lectures, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions and publications; advancing scientific interest and inquiry in clinical psychology and all related areas of knowledge and practice.
  • To promote the best interest of the profession as well as to keep an updated Register of Members.
  • The above objectives will be facilitated through the following key areas:
    • (a) Ethics
    • (b) Practice (Indemnity)
    • (c) Education/Training
    • (d) Public Policy
    • (e) Research
    • (f) Register of Members