The Health Psychology Association (Section) is the base for health psychologists in our country. It is a part of the Czech-Moravian Psychological Society (ČMPS), the main professional union, which brings together most Czech and Moravian professionals. The Czech (formerly Czechoslovak) Section of Health Psychology was founded in 1988, originally as the Psychology of Healthy Life Section, and since 1990 as the Czech Health Psychology Association and as one of the sections of the Czech-Moravian Psychological Society.
Members of the Health Psychology Association:
The structure of the Comittee has not been changed since the elections in 2013, as the members have been voted to the period of 2013 – 2020. The chair is Vladimír Kebza, Bohumil Koukola is the deputy chair and Iva Stětovská is the secretary. Other members of the committee are Radim Badošek, Renata Hacklová, Tereza Kimplová and Jiří Mareš. Vladimír Kebza represents the Czech Health Psychology Association as a member of managing board committee in EFPA; Renata Hacklova became the Czech National Delegate in the EHPS.
The number of publications in health psychology grows in the Czech Republic every year. In the past 28 years more than 100 monographs, more than 100 chapters with topics of health psychology in the other monographs of psychology were published. In 2015 more than 40 articles can be added to more than 150 articles in scientific journals. Every year all the Conferences papers (from Vernířovice) are recorded in CD rom as a collection of abstracts.
Education: The current situation in the field of health psychology in Bohemian, Moravian and Silesian universities
Currently, some regular, and some new training courses in health psychology are offered at Czech and Moravian universities. The bachelor program in Health Psychology is offered in the two Czech Faculties of Medicine. Within the Master’s Program of Psychology a two-term course of health psychology is offered at the Faculty of Art, Charles University Dept.of psychology. Several health psychology courses are also offered at the Masaryk University in Brno, Ostravská University in Ostrava, Palacký University in Olomouc, University of West Bohemia in Plzeň, Jan E. Purkynje University in Ústí nad Labem. At the Masaryk University Dept.of psychology in Brno the traditional course Psychohygiena and reatively new two-term course in Positive Psychology are also part of curriculum for future psychologists. The majority of Czech and Moravian Faculties of Education offer a course called “Education for Health“. Some programs for teachers, aiming toward strengthening teachers´ psychosocial health, are provided at most of the Bohemian and Moravian Faculties of Pedagogy in Prague, Ostrava, Brno, Olomouc, Ústí nad Labem, České Budějovice, Plzeň etc.). Other interdisciplinary oriented theoretical-practical courses in Health psychology and a healthy life style are offered by Faculties of Social Studies or Faculties of Sports studies.
Due to lack of a Ph.D program in Health psychology at universities, the opportunities for development of health psychology exist within the accredited programs in the Departments of the Psychology in the faculties of Art, Medicíne and Pedagogy.
Trends to integrate Health psychology and clinician psychology are present in our country and they are also reflected in education and in practice. Some members of Health Psychology Association of ČMPS have been working as licensed clinic psychologists and psychotherapists.
Recently a postgraduate course for psychologists working in the health care system called „Psychologists in the Health Service“ has been acredited; it enables an easier entry into the health care systems (hospitals and clinical rooms) especially for the young undergraduate students who are interested in clinical psychology and health prevention. The courses, guaranteed by prof. Kebza, have been accredited by the Czech Ministry of Health and are currently offered at psychological departments in three universities in Prague, Olomouc and Brno.
Some important research projects were implemented in 2010 by members of the Section. One of them is the grant project „Longitudinal Study of Optimal Development“, developed and completed by M. Blatný from the Institute of Psychology, Czech Academy of Science, and Vladimír Kebza from the National Institute of Public Health. As other research projects implemented within the 2010 is the research implemented by M. Blatný et al. in Brno concerning the quality of life, research related to comparison of several conceptions of resilience implemented by I. Šolcová and V. Kebza in Prague for an international monograph that will be published in 2011 in New York, or reseearch focused on the relations between burnout syndrome and psychological risk factors of cardiovascular disease, implemented by V. Kebza and I. Šolcová in Prague. E. Řehulka and his team in Brno continued in the implementation of long-term research proposal related to the study of complex problems entitled „School and Health 21“.