Dr. Arnel Bañaga Salgado
is a Psychologist & Psychotherapist
, a Registered Professional Teacher
and a Registered 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 V, professor I and eventually as a chief nurse, college administrator, principal and dean. He is licensed and qualified to practice in the Philippines (PRC 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 Neurologic Disorders and Geriatric Nursing which he finished and eventually was awarded with Certificate in Teaching as a government scholar of the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute through the Regional Science Development Center and Regional Science Teaching Center (DOST-SEI RSDC/RSTC) from the Saint Louis University, Baguio City. Few years after finishing his Certificate in Teaching (MA in Education), Dr. Arnel decided to try another field, this time in Psychiatric Nursing and Psychology that he practices 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. Earlier, in his life, Dr. Arnel also took courses in Philosophy (AB Philosophy) and Theological Studies from Christ the King Mission Seminary and Adamson University, Manila while getting his formation and training to become a Roman Catholic priest. He taught for over twenty-five years various courses in Nursing, 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 supervises thesis and dissertations on mental health in both degree and graduate degree programs (MA, MS & PhD) in several colleges and universities.
Because of his commitment to develop and improve his mental health practice, he got his education and courses on mental health (MN Psychiatric Nursing) from the University of the Philippines - Manila (UP-Manila) and the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (MAN Psychiatric Nursing. Eventually he completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology (equivalent to Master of Arts in Teaching) from the premiere university for teachers in the Philippines, the Philippine Normal University (PNU). 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 tests 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. Lately, he is nominated to become a member of the RAKMHSU Center for Educational Decvelopment and Research (CEDAR). Dr. Arnel always carries out all his tasks with high degree of enthusiasm and excellence.
As a published author, 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), Association of Nursing Service Administration of the Philippines (ANSAP), Psychological Association of the Philippines and the Beta Nu Delta (BND) Nursing Society. 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 peer reviewed international journals and reputable book publishers like McGraw-Hill and Oxford Education.
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 his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology by research, and in July 2017, Dr. Arnel was awarded his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) with Latin honor, Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor) by the St. James the Elder University, Florida, USA. The Doctor of Psychology degree awarded to Dr. Arnel qualifies him to become a psychotherapist.
Dr. Arnel as an existentialist from the beginning of his career, he is credited as the founder of Functional Emotive Existential Therapy. On June 27, 2016, he was admitted as a full voting member of the American Psychological Association (APA) with membership on various APA Divisions such as:
On September 10, 2016, he was also invited to join and eventually inducted to the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). Currently, he is serving as a member of STTI Technology Committee. Dr. Arnel is currently is offered to run as Vice President of Sigma Phi Lambda. He is also a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
Dr. Arnel is currently working on Psychology of "SHARED" Consciousness and a new model of care called “SHARED” theory of nursing care.