Winter 2016

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Editorial

So…now what? Psychology… say something!

A mentor once told me in the midst of discussions around my future and how I see my career unfold that one should never forget that “life happens”. Despite how we try and exert control over what we deem important in our lives, the reality is that we often end up in a situation that calls for a ‘rethink’ and even possibly a realignment strategy to ensure at least partial attainment of our goals.

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December 2016 • Issue 4

President’s message

President’s Corner

I write my first President’s corner in the wake of difficult circumstances. The Society notes with extreme concern the situation across campuses in our country. The increasing securitization in spaces of dialogue is even more worrying. PsySSA released its statement on the #FeesMustFall campaign within a week of the protests calling for an end to violence and a negotiated solution. Post this many organisations have called for the same. PsySSA engaged with the ASSAF expressing support for their call for a Summit to engage meaningfully with solutions to the call for free quality, decolonized education. The PsySSA Student division is to be commended for organizing trauma counseling for students during the protests. To date, the silence from the country’s leadership has been deafening.

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Announcements

Congratulations are in order!

Prof Brett Bowman PsySSA would like to congratulate Brett Bowman for being promoted to full professor recently. As the previous Editor of PsyTalk we...
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International Neuropsychological Society (INS) celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017

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1st Pan-African Psychology Congress

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Author

Lead Article

Silence as Violence and In-Between Spaces..

The violence that marred the call for free, quality decolonised education is deeply troubling. It is not just the violence itself, but also about finding a way past its complexity. The turmoil has settled into an uncomfortable calm and many institutions are functioning in a space between being open and being closed. This in-between-ness was quite apparent when I recently walked on my own campus in the eerie absence of people in environments clearly made for them. It felt foreign and in between.

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Student Voices

Below are two short video clips from our recent Congress where students showcased their thoughts and research on the #feesmustfall movement.

Congress Reflection

Psychology’s Response/ability: Reflections from the Congress Chair

“Provocative”, “informative”, “compelling”, “interesting”, “educational”, and “engaging” were amongst the words used by delegates to describe this years congress. With the theme, ‘Psychologys Response/ability’ at the forefront of everyone’s mindset, the four days...
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We are PsySSA

Congress Highlights

Upcoming Events

South Africa is excited to be hosting the 2017 INS Mid-Year Congress during INS’ 50th Anniversary year. The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) and the South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association (SACNA) look forward to welcoming you to this historic 50th Anniversary celebration that will take place from 5 to 8 July 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

2017 INS Mid-Year Congress


The Pan-African Psychology Union (PAPU) and the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), together with PAPU members in Africa, look forward to welcoming you to the first-ever continental psychology congress from 18 to 21 September 2017 in Durban, South Africa.

1st Pan-African Psychology Congress


Divisional News

South African Association of Counselling Psychologists (SAACP)

SAACP ExCo Unisa Press released Dr Solomon Makola’s book titled FIND MEANING STOP WONDERING in September. Book signing was conducted at the AGM of...
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South African Society for Clinical Psychologists (SASCP)

 Kirsten Clark BWRT Level 1 Training in Durban a Success Brain Working Recursive Therapy South Africa held a Level 1 training workshop at the UKZN...
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Society for Educational Psychology of South Africa (SEPSA)

SEPSA ExCo Member News: SEPSA wishes to announce the following members who were co-opted to the Executive Council of SEPSA during the AGM held at...
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Sexuality and Gender Division (SGD)

Niel Victor SGD update: A dynamic and active collection A division in a voluntary professional association is the sum of its active members, no...
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South African Society of Clinical Hypnosis (SASCH)

 SASCH ExCo Announcements: Member News: Dr. Jules Leeb, one of our founding members , has published a book entitled “Case Studies for the...
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Student Division

As this year draws to a close, Student Division is proud to announce that we have accomplished most of the goals we had in place for the year. The...
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Registered Counsellors and Psychometrists

RCP ExCo Report on PsySSA 2016 Congress Dr Diana De Sousa presented a paper on a review of studies using behavioural and neuroimaging methods to...
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Division for Research and Methodology (DRM)

Sherianne Kramer Member news: Our Executive has grown! We would like to welcome our new members on the Executive: Mr. Kenneth Maine from the...
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Branches

PsySSA KwaZulu-Natal Branch

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Featured Articles

Towards a South African ‘science of psychology’

Psychology students and academics at our universities are increasingly questioning the relevance of psychological theories with firm Euro-American roots, and psychology training programmes and practitioners are likewise grappling with the applicability of ‘Northern’ psychological intervention models to ‘Southern’ contexts of endemic inequality and cultural diversity. Often these debates centre on the content of what exactly should be taught or practised…

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The 5 As: A checklist for making mental health matter – Community psychology in action (CaSP)

It’s no secret that mental health has always been the Cinderella of the health system: locked up in a dark basement hoping never to be found. Or, when mental health does get a few good moments in the limelight, like Cinderella’s carriage it turns into a pumpkin at midnight and becomes old news by the morning. Unfortunately, even our fairy god mothers have failed to impress – neither the long awaited Mental Health Care Act in 2002 nor an impressive national policy framework and strategic plan that began in 2012…

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Test Review and Classification in South Africa: Where are we and where are, we going?

Test classification in South Africa is currently receiving much scrutiny from various sectors within and outside of the psychological profession. This is largely due to the promulgation of a fourth clause in the amended Employment Equity Act. The amendment as per the image below calls for tests to be subjected to a process of review and classification to receive certification by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

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Silence as Violence and In-Between Spaces..

The violence that marred the call for free, quality decolonised education is deeply troubling. It is not just the violence itself, but also about finding a way past its complexity. The turmoil has settled into an uncomfortable calm and many institutions are functioning in a space between being open and being closed. This in-between-ness was quite apparent when I recently walked on my own campus in the eerie absence of people in environments clearly made for them. It felt foreign and in between.

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Private Practice Submissions

Is the NHI and a call for free health care for all realistic?

According to the Times LIVE media (http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2016/06/08/NHI) “NHI (National Health Insurance) ‘needs a dose of reality’”. In the Times article, dated 08 June 2016, it is mentioned that South Africa could face a mass exodus of doctors if the NHI is implemented in its present format, and how this will be funded has also not been made clear.

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Tips for Private Practitioners

According to the Times LIVE media (http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2016/06/08/NHI) “NHI (National Health Insurance) ‘needs a dose of reality’”. In the Times article, dated 08 June 2016, it is mentioned that South Africa could face a mass exodus of doctors if the NHI is implemented in its present format, and how this will be funded has also not been made clear.

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