Una visión general de la FIAP y cómo la federación ha estado activa en la promoción y el desarrollo de la ciencia psicológica en los países de habla hispana y portuguesa.
By Wilson López López, PhD and María Constanza Aguilar Bustamante, Colombian College of Psychologists.
The Iberoamerican Federation of Psychology Associations (FIAP) was launched in July 2002 within the framework of the III Iberoamerican Congress of Psychology in Bogotá, Colombia, in the presence of psychology association presidents from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Venezuela.1 Additional associations from Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Portugal soon joined FIAP as well.2.
Since its inauguration, FIAP has sponsored an Iberoamerican Congress of psychology every two years (Chile, 2004; Peru, 2006; Mexico, 2008; Spain, 2010; and Brazil, 2012). The ninth congresswill be held in Portugal in 2014.Since its inauguration, FIAP has sponsored an Iberoamerican Congress of psychology every two years (Chile, 2004; Peru, 2006; Mexico, 2008; Spain, 2010; and Brazil, 2012). The ninth congresswill be held in Portugal in 2014.
FIAP carries out projects associated with its mission to “contribute to the development of psychology as science and profession in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries.” These projects include:
PsicoRedalyc — a portal for psychology journals that is part of the information system Redalyc. PsicoRedalyc includes 68 journals, 21,502 articles and 46,510 authors. All the contents are available in open-access and include journals from Argentina (3 journals), Brazil (16), Chile (4), Colombia (12), Costa Rica (1), Spain (18), Mexico (8), Peru (2), Portugal (2) and Puerto Rico (1), as well as the InterAmerican Journal of Psychology and the Review of Latin American Psychology (Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología). PsicoRedalyc is the most complete source of information for Hispanic and Portuguese psychology publications.
Ranking of Iberoamerican Psychology (RIP) — a systematic ranking of scientific output in Iberoamerican countries and institutions. This ranking is produced through an alliance with SCImago — a portal that includes journals and country scientific indicators developed from information contained in the Scopus journals database. The RIP uses information on the production in psychology in the Iberoamerican region to rank institutions within countries.
FOCAD (Formación Continuada a Distancia). Continuing distance education for psychology has been implemented in Spain and is being extended to all of Iberoamerica.
Accreditation and Certification systems are under development. These will address quality assurance for training at all levels of psychology education, as well as professional certification.
Support and development for interinstitutional collaboration to develop subareas of the psychology. FIAP is developing alliances to encourage Iberoamerican organizations to contribute to projects such as the Iberoamerican Committee on Psychology in Emergencies (Red Iberoamericana de Psicología de Emergencias, RIPE), or to interact with the Psicofundación and institutions such as the Instituto Superior de Estudios Psicológicos (ISEP). The idea is to foster interinstitutional relations, with the intention of strengthening local initiatives.