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Mexico, Psychology in

  1. Laura HernÁNDEZ-GuzmÁN

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0543

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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HernÁNDEZ-GuzmÁN, L. 2010. Mexico, Psychology in. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. National Autonomous University of Mexico

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Psychology has been taught in Mexico since the late nineteenth century, but professional training did not begin until the 1960s, and licenses were initially issued in the early 1970s. Professional training programs prepare psychologists at the licentiate level. Licentiate level students take courses exclusively in psychology for approximately five years. Although there was only one training program in 1960, at Mexico's National University, there has been a proliferation of training programs during subsequent decades. In Mexico there are several agencies with the authority to open a professional training program: the president of the country or a state governor, state autonomous universities, private universities by incorporating their programs with an autonomous university, and private universities asking for recognition by the federal government. Autonomous universities make their own legal decisions, and the government cannot intervene in those decisions.