The UAE Psychologist. The law, otherwise known as the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-204), prohibits group health plans that offer mental health benefits from imposing more restrictive annual or lifetime limits on spending for mental illness than are imposed on coverage of physical illnesses. The mental health plan components include: Shift of services and resources from mental hospitals to community mental health facilities. Profile of mental disorders among the elderly United Arab Emirates population: sociodemographic correlates. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 27(2), 53-61. Fatima Al-Darmaki, PhD, and Saad Ibrahim Yaaqeib provide an overview of the current state of psychological and mental health services in the UAE. Wise Mind Center provides a welcoming, friendly and non-judgmental environment to help clients get started on their journey towards mental health recovery. Scholars in several developing countries around the world like Mexico, Philippines, Taiwan, India and others have endorsed the indigenous psychology approach (Diaz-Guerrero, 1977; Enriquez, 1977; Sinha, 1998; Yang, 1997). However, two other semigovernmental bodies, the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and Dubai Health Authority (DHA) regulate their respective emirates. Currently an independent mental health policy does not exist, but a mental health plan is included in the general health policy (WHO, 2011). Ghubash, R., Hamdi, E., & Bebbington, P. (1992). Toward a new paradigm of psychology. Masters of science in clinical psychology (MSc). Retrieved on Feb. 3, 2015, from (PDF, 177KB). For instance, licensing procedures are going to be different from one emirate to another depending on the local authority’s existing guidelines and willingness to get involved (Al-Maseeh, 2013). Retrieved on February 3, 2015, from The population of the UAE is 9.346 million people, with an increase of 2.71 percent annually (Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook, 2014). Apply for overseas jobs for Americans, English-speaking jobs for expats in China, Asia. Osman, O. T., & Afifi, M. (2010). (2013, April 2013). The council identifies a number of challenges facing mental healthcare in the UAE, such as lack of clear policy directives, shortage of service providers, and social stigma. This is due to the fact that UAEU is a federal institution funded by the government. Despite global concerns about the limited applicability of Western psychological principles to developing world populations, the psychology of the "First" and "Second" worlds is still being exported to the majority worlds with little attention to the validity or appropriateness of what is being exported to ethnically diverse populations (Moghaddam & Taylor, 1986; Marsella, 2011). Presently, licensure is obtained from governmental health entities such as the Abu Dhabi Health Authority (HAAD), DHA and MOH. There is a shift toward integrating mental health services into primary care, and allocating more resources to smaller community mental health facilities. In addition, this research is usually published in English and in international journals and therefore of limited use for practitioners in the UAE. Also read: Why UAE companies must address mental health issues. A mental health plan exists and was approved or most recently revised in 2010. (2014, January 25). Retrieved on Feb., 3, 2015 from (PDF, 113KB). The authorities have to place and enforce guidelines regulating the practice of psychology, to protect the integrity of the profession and prevent harming clients. Prevalence and socio-demographic correlates. It examines the Coronavirus Act 2020 which provides for temporary changes to the detention and treatment of patients under the Mental Health Act 1983, and the potential impact on human rights. Marsella, A. Between 1989 and 2008, only 192 studies on mental health were published in the GCC countries. Díaz-Guerrero, R. (1977). Dedicated mental health legislation exists. Finally, current legislative efforts are directed toward psychiatry and clinical psychology, with no consideration of other psychological professions such as counseling or school psychology. The mental health plan was revised in 2010 with emphasis on broader availability of mental health services in the government facilities across the country. The field of psychology in the UAE began in the 1970s with the establishment of an undergraduate program in psychology in the United Arab Emirates University.