Dr. Patricia Elder to Represent The Caribbean as Accreditation Peer Reviewer

One of the Caribbean’s leading experts in the provision of psychological services has just been internationally recognized and recommended for a prestigious opportunity.

Dr. Patricia Elder, Executive Director of Elder Associates Limited has been selected among a community of international professionals to be appointed as a Peer Reviewer for the Council on Accreditation (COA) – A non-profit accreditor of human services since 1977. Accreditation by definition is the act of granting credit or recognition, especially to a human service institution that maintains suitable standards.

Accreditation is necessary to any person or institution in education or social services that needs to prove that they meet a general standard of quality and excellence in service delivery. Dr. Elder will be joining the ranks of other international peer reviewers who travel all over the world to assess organizations which apply for accreditation.

Photo: Michael Bonaparte
Photo: Michael Bonaparte

What is the Council on Accreditation (COA)?

From its official website, “The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, non-profit, human service accrediting organization. Its mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.

The COA is supported by over 30 international organizations and accredits a full continuum of social services organizations, including Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs). The accreditation agency currently accredits more than 2,200 organizations and programmes serving more than 7 million individuals and families around the world.

Elder Associates has been in existence for twenty-two years and was accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) in January 2013 as an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Service Provider. The company provides a full spectrum of psychological services to organizations and individuals and is largely recognized locally, regionally and internationally for its competency in the design and implementation of Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs).

As a COA peer reviewer, Dr. Elder will be responsible for reviewing applications by other organizations seeking accreditation in conjunction with the COA team to assess a programme’s conformance with COA’s core standards and making recommendations to the accreditation body.

About Dr. Patricia Elder

Dr. Patricia Elder is a leader and visionary for delivery of comprehensive mental health services in Trinidad and Tobago and the Greater Caribbean region. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. 

In 1979 she was one of the first persons from the Caribbean to obtain a Ph.D. from this programme.  She is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and her professional expertise includes individual and group psychotherapy, clinical supervision, training and psycho-diagnostics. 

Dr. Elder is a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, The American Psychological Association and a member of the Trinidad and Tobago branch of the International Women’s Forum.  She also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Heroes Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago.

In 1993, Dr. Elder founded Elder Associates Limited, a company that has provided comprehensive psychological services, specializing in the design and implementation of Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) for more than twenty years.  Initially established in Trinidad and Tobago, the company has expanded services throughout the Greater Caribbean region, with a model of service delivery that has been replicated by other practices in the private sector.

The appointment of Dr. Elder within the COA will be formalized at an initial orientation session in November 2015. From then onward, she will represent the Caribbean as a member of the COA peer reviewing team


Icon To Be Featured on South Florida’s #1 Newscast

The Bahamas’ most glamorous event has attracted the attention of the international media. WPLG Local 10 news out of South Florida has confirmed plans to provide coverage of the 3rd Annual Bahamian Icon Awards. Additionally, Emmy Nominated News Anchor Constance Jones will be on hand to present the Bahamian Icon Award for Outstanding Live Entertainment Ensemble. WPLG is South Florida’s local ABC Network affiliate and boasts of over 5.4 million viewers. The event will be broadcast live locally on Cable 12 throughout the Bahamas and streamed live worldwide at www.bahamianiconawards.com. Android users can also follow up to the minute live coverage by downloading the Novio app from the Google Play store free of charge.

Wendi Lewis gives a tribute performance to Sir Durward Knowles. Photo: Nu Woman Magazine.
Wendi Lewis gives a tribute performance to Sir Durward Knowles. Photo: Nu Woman Magazine.

“The overall goal of the Bahamian Icon Awards is to seek out opportunities to tell the stories of outstanding Bahamians,” says Addis Huyler, Founder and Executive Producer. “The opportunity to expand the program beyond our shores and showcase the best of ourselves to the world is definitely a proud moment for us and an amazing opportunity for our nominees and partners. We are incredibly excited and look forward to welcoming the WPLG team to The Bahamas.”

“It’s an honor to represent Local 10 ABC News at the Bahamian Icon Awards Show,” says Constance Jones, Local 10 ABC News Anchor Reporter. “We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a prestige event that recognizes outstanding leaders in the Caribbean Community.”

Emmy Nominated News Anchor Constance Jones
Emmy Nominated News Anchor Constance Jones

The 3rd Annual Bahamian Icon Awards is slated to be held on July 11, 2015 at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort. Here over 600 guests are expected to pay tribute to an outstanding list of nominees in Commerce, Education, Entertainment, Music, Tourism, Sports, Health, Fine Art, Entrepreneurship, Youth Development and Humanitarianism. Legendary Bahamian musician, Ronnie Butler will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to nation building though music. Tickets for the event are on sale and available at SIDDA Communications Group at #11 Shirley Street Plaza or call (242) 394-2665.

About The Bahamian Icon Awards: The Bahamian Icon Awards acknowledges the exemplary achievements of men and women who have excelled in various industries thus contributing to the overall development of the Bahamian community. Our Mission is to provide an achievable goal that inspires and encourages consistent efforts to achieve excellence and the fostering of good will. For more information visit www.bahamianiconawards.com.

Check out Nu Woman’s coverage of the 2nd Annual Bahamian Icon Awards – http://issuu.com/nuwomanbs/docs/fall_2014_issue/42

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