(Psychologist, Psychometrician, Psychotherapist)
Member, American Psychological Association (APA No. 04438162)
Dr. Arnel Banaga Salgado was educated and trained as a school psychologist from the Philippine Normal University (PNU), the premier university for teachers and school psychology in the Philippines. In 2003, he was awarded the Graduate Diploma (equivalent to Master of Arts in Teaching) with specialization in School Psychology. Currently, he is involved with psychometric test and scale inventory development; indigenization of psychological inventories; serves as consultant in the setting up of school psychology and guidance counseling department and conducts counseling and psychotherapy sessions once in a while. Dr. Arnel is credited with the development, validation and standardization of psychometric instrument which he called, Self-Worth Scale Inventory (SWOSI). This instrument is widely used now in the Philippines and other countries to measure the self-worth of students and adolescents. Dr. Arnel was always appointed to serve as Coordinator for Students’ Affair in all the universities that he joined because of his education as school psychologist, experience and expertise in handling students, counselling and other student related activities.
Dr. Arnel also served as psychology lecturer in several colleges and universities in the Philippines, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. He also served as a course coordinator of the Psychology program of the School of Foundation and Liberal Studies (SFLS) at Wawasan Open University, Penang Malaysia. His main functions were the development of various Psychology courses and secure approval from the college council and the university senate, then its delivery using the ODL mode. He supervised tutors who conducted sessions, marking TMAs and TGEs. Among the courses that were developed and duly approved by the college council and the university senate were: Strategies & Techniques of Counseling, General Psychology, Health Psychology, School Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychology of Exceptional Children, Experimental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Adolescent Psychology, Adult Psychology, Theories of Personality, Organizational Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Psychology of Creativity. On top of his academic job, he is involved in counseling students, migrant workers and his regular clients. For his civil activities, he is involved with church based Christian clinical counseling apostolate especially among the migrant workers. He has also contributed in psychology journals and publications in the Philippines. Among his writings are Introduction to Psychology which he collaborated with psychology experts, researchers and leaders in the Philippines, the Psychology for Nurses (sole authorship) published by McGraw Hill in 2009. He has presented several papers in local as well as international conferences. Dr. Arnel is also a registered nurse and a board certified teacher. As an educator in both the basic and tertiary levels, 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. His research interests are focused on indigenization and development of new psychometric tools and inventories, mental health and hygiene, behavior modifications and alternative psychotherapeutic interventions for students. 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 De La Salle University – Manila. He is also training to be a cognitive behavioral therapist, hypnotherapist and special education needs and disability (SEND) specialist. Above all, he 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) because of his contribution in research and psychometrics.