World Mental Healthcare Association


The WMHA guidelines aim to assist psychologists and allied field practitioners in the provision of gender-sensitive, culturally competent, developmentally appropriate psychological practice and culturally competent care for those whose economic position has negatively impacted or constrained their health and well-being, customizing as per Indian culture.

Education Policies

Education is the most significant thing in this world. It can change our life. It can demolish unemployment, corruption, discrimination. Education is not to become a Doctor, Engineer, Professor. It is about building the nation’s future.Education can shape your personality, can increase awareness about values, ethics, social issues, education helps you to shape your earning resources, helps to perform your responsibility towards your family towards society, it can develop our country’s resources. A proper education can erase gender discrimination, discrimination between race, religion. Education can provide us a safer world. It helps to gain productivity. Childhood is a vital period for the children in their social and psychological development.According to Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Education teaches us humanity. While world peace may unfortunately appear to be a far-fetched concept, with education we will meet up with the present goal than we all know. Education can teach us about our  responsibility towards humanity. Values are taught through education! Education subsists far beyond the classroom or an exam. It’s taught reception, through what our parents and peers show us, and although not necessarily written down anywhere, such a pedagogic tutelage remains an outsized aspect of what education entails. The WMHA guidelines aim to help psychologists and allied field practitioners within the provision of gender-sensitive, culturally competent, developmentally appropriate psychological practice and culturally competent look after those whose economic position has negatively impacted or constrained their health as well as well-being, customizing as per Indian culture.

Professional Practice Policies and Ethics Policies

Psychologists must precede the ethical principles that prevent them from deceiving their clients, meaning the psychologist cannot mislead a patient for the great of the psychologist. However, deception among psychologists may fall under different antithetic codes when conducting research and practice.

 Psychologists even have certain rules and codes they need to follow and obey with regard to the protection of the general public also because of the protection of their clients. The moral principles were put in situ not just for the advantage of psychological state professionals, but to guard the clients, the families, associates and hence the general public.

The code of ethics was created to guard the general public and therefore the psychologist from any abuses that are the results of mishandling a situation. Physical, financial and emotional situations are always  protected with the code of ethics. There are several subcategories that are explained and enclosed within the ethics code starting from the misappropriation or Embezzlement of funds and/or billing procedures to the events that have got to occur during the termination of therapy.

The code of ethics has particular and specific rules regarding conflict of interest for both the psychologist and therefore the client.

WMHA provides assistance and guidelines regarding Professional Practice Policies and code of ethics to the psychologists and psychiatric students through experts of this field.

Policies regarding assisted dying, code/conduct, consent, torture/abuse and privacy.

Policies regarding industrial psychology, classification: DSM/ICD, coaching, correctional health, counseling psychology, disaster preparedness/response, guidelines: clinical practice, guidelines: education, guidelines: miscellaneous, guidelines: professional practice, guidelines: public interest, guidelines: science, health information technology (HIT), health promotion/wellness/prevention, outcomes measurement, privileges, psychological assessment/evaluation, psychological interventions (includes methods e.g., therapy, CBT), public education/consumer affairs, recovery, reimbursement, rural health, school psychology, scope of practice/licensure, specialties/proficiencies, standards, and telehealth/telepsychology/remote practice.

Governance, Operations and Administration Policies

Policies regarding Council of Representatives, awards/distinctions, Board of Directors/committee operations, business model, headquarters, convention, divisions, elections, finance/dues, finances/economics/projections, human resources, internal operations/controls, inter organizational relations, meetings/convention, members/fellows, mission/vision/goals, organization of APA, policies/procedures, policy and planning, publications, publishing and communications and SPTAs.

Health Policies

It is  very significant and fundamental  that everyone within a health organization is involved in the development and implementation  and execution of policies and procedures, and that they have an understanding  and apprehension of what they are and how they are used. Written guidelines can help prevent chaos, confusion and legal problems. There are guidelines to ensure that a hospital decision does not make an unreasonable, irrational or possibly illegal decision. Such decisions can have negative effects if they do not comply with industry regulations.

A guideline consists of concrete instructions and determines present and future decisions.It will help in decision making under certain special circumstances. Guidelines are generally based on accepted, well-defined criteria / standards of practice. Practice requires standards to establish consistency, expectations and patterns. Standards also provide a benchmark for measuring and improving quality.

Policies regarding access to worry, autism, dementia/Alzheimer’s, health care, health disparities, health service provider, HIV/AIDS, illness/disorder, integrated/primary care, managed care, medicine, obesity, PTSD, sports/exercise and drug abuse. International Policies Policies regarding international psychology, Policies regarding abortion, bullying, community policing,  discrimination, diversity, end-of-life, environment,sexual orientation and gender, socioeconomic status, violence/trauma/abuse and workplace issues.

Legal Issues  and Policies

Medico legal knowledge is very much important to know by a mental health practitioner. Medico legal is something that involves both medical and legal aspects, mainly: Medical jurisprudence, a branch of medicine. Medical law, a branch of law. Practitioners  have to be aware about contemporary medico legal issues for the safety of individuals,community and society.According to The Mental Health care Act,2017 ‘’The Mental Healthcare Act, 2017. Long Title: An Act to provide for mental healthcare and services for persons with mental illness and to protect, promote and fulfil the rights of such persons during delivery of mental health care and services and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto’’.Informed consent, confidentiality, conflict of interest, therapeutic misconception, placebo related, vulnerability, exploitation these are very significant issues has to followed.

WMHA’s medico legal practitioners deliver guidelines about this vital issue.Policies regarding advocacy, execution, child custody, defendants/detainees rights, families/marriage, hate crimes, law enforcement/crimes, laws/legislation and interrogations.

WMHA also prov icdes guidelines about several social issues like as :

Science Policies

Policies regarding industrial psychology, caregiving, global climate change, empirical evidence, human-computer interactions, industrial/organizational psychology, psychology applications, science of testing & assessment, scientific education, scientific integrity and technology.

Social Issues Policies

Each and every individual has rights to get mental health facilities.But poverty,lack of education and awareness people are not able to access these facilities.A good mental health support can promote a sustainable beautiful world.

Policies regarding abortion, bullying, community policing, cultural sensitivity, discrimination, diversity,  environment, gun violence, homelessness, human rights, immigration, media, political dissent, race, religion, schools, harassment, gender, socioeconomic status, violence/trauma/abuse and workplace issues.

Special Populations Policies

The main aims and objective is to accomplish a steady population at a level consistent with the necessitate of sustainable economic growth, social development, and also environmental protection. Various social policies have been developed and formulated in different Five-Year Plans by the Government of India for population control.

Policies regarding aging, boys and men, children/adolescents, ethnic minorities, girls and ladies, LGBTQ, military veterans, persons with disabilities and high mental disease (SMI).According to Research and Quality Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-129 “AHRQ’s priority populations, specified by Congress in the Health care Research and Quality Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-129) include: women, children, racial and ethnic minorities, populations with special health care needs (chronic illness, disabilities, and end of life care needs), the elderly, low-income, inner-city’’,