Member news

  • Sherianne Kramer has recently presented papers at the European Congress on African Studies in Switzerland and the South African National Conference on Violence. Sherianne’s current research is focused on child and female perpetrations of violence and victims thereof. This research has been awarded a competitive NRF Thuthuka Grant. It is also attached to a European Research Council Grant that funds collaborative work with researchers at the University of Amsterdam. She is currently in Amsterdam completing this work as a research fellow on the Becoming Men Project which is part of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research housed at the University of Amsterdam.
  • Angelo Fynn, Dr. Sherianne Kramer and Prof. Sumaya Laher are editing a research methods book titled, Social Science Research in South Africa: Theory and Application. The book integrates design and methodology theory with original research to demonstrate key issues relating to practical applications in the South African context. Local and well-known researchers in the South African field have contributed to this open access text which is to be released at the end of 2017.
  • Shafeeka Dockrat was awarded her PhD titled, Psychometric profiling of students at risk for academic underachievement at a university of technology in August 2016.
  • Megan Reeves is currently conducting her PhD in the Psychology Department at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her project is titled, Towards the Development of an Instrument to Measure Anorexia Nervosa in Men: A South African Pilot Study.
  • Mandy Wigdorowitz won the Young Scholar Award to attend and present at the International Test Commission Conference in Canada, and also presented at the South African Psychology Congress, the South African National Conference on Violence, and the People Development in Africa Conference. In addition, Mandy passed her HPCSA Research Psychology Board Exam.


  1. Students and researchers alike may access the free online course for beginners in R statistical software. This software is open access (and thus free) and operates on all platforms (including Windows, UNIX and MacOS). To complete the course please click here
  1. Ethics Workshops (10 CPD Points per workshop)
Ethics Simplified will be conducting the following workshops during August:
HPCSA Code of Conduct & Social Media – Roodepoort
HPCSA guidelines of good ethical practice,  Malpractice and Ethical decision making– Rustenburg
Ethics & Minors – Nylstroom, Pretoria, Witbank

See more details about these workshops below:

Ethics & Minors workshop (10 CPD) discusses everything relating to working with minors in the health care industry, more specifically this will include the Children’s Act, Informed Consent & Confidentiality in Minors, Reporting of Abuse, etc. Practical case discussions will be used throughout the workshop.

Location: Modimolle (Nylstroom)
Date: 03 August 2017
Time: 08H30 – 14H00
Price: R 900 (early bird R 800 till 13 July ‘17)

Location: Pretoria
Date: 05 August 2017
Time: 08H30 – 14H00
R 900 (early bird R 800 till 13 July ‘17)

Location: Witbank
Date: 24 August 2017
Time: 08H30 – 14H00
Price: R 900 (early bird R 800 till 03 Aug ’17)

HPCSA Rules & Social Media workshop (10 CPD) looks at the 28 specific HPCSA Rules of Conduct as published on their website.  These are Ethical Rules of Conduct that all health care professionals should comply with.  We will look at cases that were reported to the HPCSA where health care professionals were found guilty of transgressing one or more of these rules.  The second part of this workshop will focus on the aspects pertaining to social media that affects health care professionals, this will include (amongst other things) advertising, befriending patients, professional social media pages, appropriate / inappropriate social media presence, etc. Practical case discussions will be used to facilitate learning.  Note this workshop is not similar to the HPCSA Malpractice workshop.

Location: Premier Hotel, East London
Date: 28 July 2017
Time: 08H30 – 14H00

Price: R 900 (early bird R 800 till 07 July ’17)

Location: Roodepoort
Date: 25 August 2017
Time: 08H30 – 14H00
Price: R 900 (early bird R 800 till 03 Aug ’17)

HPCSA, Malpractice workshop (10 CPD) gives a broad overview of the HPCSA and their generic ethical guidelines.  Malpractice will be discussed, as well as malpractice insurance.  Ethical decision making will be discussed based on the HPCSA’s guidelines for clinical decision making in light of the bioethical principles. Ethical dilemmas will be used in case discussions.  Note this workshop is not similar to the HPCSA Rules workshop.

Location: Rustenburg
Date: 04 August 2017

Time: 08H30 – 14H00
Price: R900 – (Early bird 800 till 13 July ‘17)

Email info@ethicssimplified.co.za for booking and information

Divisional news

Two symposiums will be hosted at the 1st PAN African Congress in September 2017 by the DRM. Make sure to attend these exciting discussions:

  • Bringing Research into Practice: Why psychology and research are mutually inclusive
  • Beyond the Research Ethics Committee: Towards being ethical in Psychology research
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