The Pioneer Award is given to psychologists and/or mental health leaders in the host country of the Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology (CRCP) who have been formative in developing, promoting, and sustaining psychology in the country.
Dr. Lamarck Douyon, Haiti (posthumous)
Dr. Ginette Maguet, Haiti
Dr. Henk Essed, Suriname
Dr. Lilliam Ferrier, Suriname
Dr. TobiGraafsma, Surinname
Lamarck Douyon (Posthoumous)Links to works on the "Zombie Project"
Ginette Maguet is a psychologist and psychotherapist. She holds an MA in psychology from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and a Master's in Education from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. She also received extensive training in transactional analysis, mourning therapy and EMDR (psychotraumatology). Since returning to Haiti in 1974, Ms. Maguet has held several positions and exercised great responsibility within the Université d'État d'Haiti (Haitian State University), the Centre d'Orientation Professionnelle et de Recherches Psychologiques (Centre for Vocational Guidance and Psychological Research), l'Institut Pédagogique National (the National Pedagogical Institute), at the Centre de Management et de Productivité (Centre for Management and Productivity), and the Psychotrauma Centre of Uramel. She is a founding member of the Institut de Développement Personnel et Organisationnel (IDEO S.A., Institute of Personnal and Organizational Development) and IDEO Foundation (FOI).
Ginette Maguet is appreciated for her many human and professional qualities, rigor, generosity, simplicity, caring nature, her even temper, her sense of gratitude and courage. Her passion for teaching and for transmitting skills was distinguished in the profession and has helped promote several generations of psychologists who now have the opportunity to show her their admiration and recognition.
Dr. Essed read his first book about Psychology in 1963 when in Junior High in Suriname, named ''Psychologie van het bewuste en het onbewuste (Ernst Aeppli, Zurich 1947) still in his possession. Soon after, he decided that this was what he wanted to concentrate on during life. In 1976 he finished his doctoral studies in differential and developmental Psychology at the University of Utrecht, followed by a work placement in a forensic setting before returning to Suriname, 6 months later.
Dr. Essed works with the Ministry of Justice, mostly counseling prisoners but also preparing psychological profiles on request of judges and public prosecutors. When not at work he volunteers in a family life education program for teenage and adolescent girls who got into trouble with their parents. He taught psychology at different programs for teachers and day care center workers.
From 1978 he worked as the director of a family planning organization, Stichting Lobi, which had just started and focused on a screening program for cervical cancer and a family Life Education program for youths and a Teenage volunteer group, the beginnings of a youth outreach program. The ''Love Foundation" still exists and functions well.
The passion for Psychology remained; he became a member of the APA and the NIP (Dutch Association of Psychologists). In the late eighties, after travelling back and forth between Suriname and the Caribbean from '84 - '88, to get an IPPF funded program of clinics for youth reproductive health, he resettled in Suriname. He worked as the General Director of the Government Health Outreach Program (RGD) from '89 to '93. Through this organization he started a project for mental health outreach services for which a psychologist was hired. The program worked for a couple of years but had to end because of lack of funds, but it added to familiarize the need for psychological services. He worked as a lecturer in Psychology at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname (89- 93; 98-2008) and at the training course for Inspectors in the Police Force
and penitentiary workers about psychology in their job.
He also worked with the Roman Catholic Church, in a program for people living in the interior. He then started working as a psychologist in his district for people who, because of distance, taboo and lack of finances have difficulties finding their way to mental health services in the capital. He still works in prison, with the justice system and played a major part in establishing the Association for Psychologists and special educators (see article SVPO).
Henk Esses hopes that this conference is the beginning of a fruitful exchange of knowledge, practices and the further development of psychology and its service to the people in our region. He congratulates the board and members of the CANPA and the SVPO with this congress.