Dr. Arnel Banaga Salgado
is a psychologist
, a licensed teacher
and a nurse
. He earned his nursing qualifications (B.Sc. Nursing), his Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) and his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degrees from the Philippines. He practiced as a bedside nurse, as a clinical instructor, lecturer, associate professor and eventually as a chief nurse and college administrator. He is licensed and qualified to practice in the Philippines (Roll No. 0228576), Malaysia (TPC No. T3394) and the United Arab Emirates (RN010205). At the start of his career as a young nurse, Dr. Arnel took this graduate studies in nursing education majoring in Medical-Surgical Nursing with sub-specialization in Cardiologic Nursing which he finished and eventually awarded his certificate in teaching from the Saint Louis University, Baguio City. Few years after finishing his certificate in teaching, Dr. Arnel decided to try another field, this time in Psychiatric Nursing and Psychology that he practiced until now.
Dr. Arnel has a multifaceted expertise in the field of nursing, mental health, teaching and learning, psychology and education. He was trained and certified as a psychiatric nurse instructor by the National Center of Mental Health (NCMH) when he started his teaching career in the Philippines. Since then, his line of practice both in the nursing service and nursing education is on Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing. He taught for over twenty-two years various courses in nursing, like Leadership & Management, Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing and Care of Patients with CNS Disorders and Psychology & Behavioral Sciences (also for the College of Medicine and Dentistry). He also supervised thesis and dissertations on mental health in both degree and graduate degree programs in several colleges and universities.
Because of his commitment to develop and improve his psychiatric nursing practice, he got his short term education and courses on mental health from the University of the Philippines and the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas. Eventually he completed his Graduate Diploma in Psychology (equivalent to Master of Arts in Teaching) from the premiere university for teachers in the Philippines, the Philippine Normal University. Since then he was involved with the development of psychosocial nursing interventions, indigenization of psychometric tests, and textbook writing. His thesis and dissertations (Master of Arts in Nursing and Doctor of Education) are all focused on psychometric test development for adolescents, nursing students and other health professionals.
As an educator, Dr. Arnel is always involved in various committees such as: teaching and learning, student affairs, research, examination and vetting as well as faculty development. He always carried out all his tasks with high degree of enthusiasm and excellence. He wrote several books that include Psychology for Nurses published by McGraw-Hill Education and contributed on writing the Philippine contents for the Oxford Handbook of Nursing and Midwifery series. Dr. Arnel is a lifetime member of the Philippine Nurses association (PNA), the East Asia Forum of Nursing Scholars (EAFONS), Association of Deans of the Philippine Colleges of Nursing (ADPCN) and Association of Nursing Service Administration of the Philippines (ANSAP). He has presented research papers at national and international conferences held at Silliman University in the Philippines, Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan and other places. Dr. Arnel is also a school psychologist and a board certified teacher. Currently, he is serving as Editorial Board member in several international journals and book publishers.
Because of his commitment to help in the improvement of himself professionally, he continued his post-doctoral studies eventually earning him a Certificate in Health Informatics from with Distinction from the Health Institute of Informatics at De La Salle University – Manila. He is also training to be a cognitive behavioral therapist, hypnotherapist and special education needs and disability (SEND) specialist. In 2016, he completed Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology by research and 2017, he was awarded his Doctor of Psychology (D. Psych) by the St. James the Elder University, Florida, USA. Dr. Arnel is credited as the founder of Functional Emotive Existential Therapy. On June 27, 2016, he was admitted as a full member of the American Psychological Association (APA) with membership on various APA Divisions. On September 10, 2016, he was inducted to the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). Currently, he is serving as a member of STTI Technology Committee.