Prof Tholene Sodi

President: Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA)

Dear PsySSA Member

It only feels like yesterday when I took over from Prof Sumaya Laher as President of PsySSA. I have now done more than six months as President. Indeed, time flies.

This year, we were privileged to be co-hosts when the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was conferred the Biko-Fanon Award on the 12th of March 2018. This prestigious award is awarded in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution to psychology on the continent.

I am very pleased to announce that we have just launched CPD online, known as MyCPD. The system, which is in line with the CPD guidelines, will be embedded on the PsySSA website for easy access for all our members. Among others, the system will enable members to manage points and ensure HPCSA compliance. CPD points accrued at congress will also be uploaded on the member profile.

For many years now, each issue of the South African Journal of Psychology has been on time. Once again, this trend has been maintained with the release of the second issue of the journal on the 11th June 2018. This is issue 2 of the journal. I would like to commend Prof Anthony Pillay (the Editor-in-Chief), and his editorial team for the sterling job. Keep it up!

As you are probably aware, PsySSA has been actively lobbying the Professional Board for Psychology to move with speed to finalise the review of the Regulations defining the Scope of the Profession of Psychology. We have recently received a communication from the Board advising that the draft regulations are currently in the Minister of Health’s office awaiting promulgation. As soon as the draft regulations have been promulgated, there will be a three months period for comments where after the final promulgation will be made. I strongly urge you as a member of PsySSA to be on the lookout for these regulations so that you can prepare to submit comments. Indeed, the future of psychology as a profession and academic discipline depends on our collective contributions.

I am very encouraged to see our student division becoming increasingly involved in some community activities that are intended to uplift our community whilst at the same time elevating the profile of psychology. The MTN Walk the Talk Event scheduled for 22 July 2018 is one such commendable initiative. Please support our student division by joining the walk for Mental Health!

Entries close on the 29th of June 2018.

This year’s annual Congress will take place on 11 to 14 September 2018 at Emperor’s Palace. The theme of the Congress is “Mamela Psychology” which is a seSotho/seTswana word for listen. We consciously chose this term for this year’s congress to emphasise the need for psychology to listen with humility and act with integrity. To give our members a preview of what lies ahead, here are some of the highlights of the Congress programme:

  1. There are 6 pre-congress workshops that have been arranged and confirmed.

PsySSA Workshops

Morning Session 09:00 – 12:30  

  • Forensic psychology practice in Criminal Law – Presenter: Anthony Pillay
  • African Centered Healing/Psychotherapy: Reflections on Theory and Practice: Presenters: Prof Tholene Sodi, Prof Nhlanhla Mkhize & Dr Lesiba Baloyi
  • Adaptation and validation of the Raven’s Progressive Matrices (SA edition) – Presenters: Nicola Taylor and Sharleen Oliver

Afternoon Session 13:15 – 16:45              

  • Using online technology in your psychotherapy practice: Practical tips to get the most out of online technology and manage the potential risks – Presenter: Dylan Evans
  • Entrepreneurial Skills for Registered Psychological Practitioners: Presenter: Prof Gertie (HG) Pretorius
  • Addressing Trauma in the Body, Not the Mind, Through Play and Not Words – Presenter: Dr. Elzette Fritz

Click here for more information on the Workshop and the presenters

  1. It is also my great pleasure to announce that Judge Edwin Cameron, one of the well-known judges of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, will be gracing our Congress as one of the keynote speakers at the Siphiwe Ngcobo Memorial Lecture
  2. Watch the PsySSA website for the exhilarating Plenary programme.

We really look forward to seeing you at Emperor’s Palace in September.

It is that time of the year when we have to nominate individuals or groups for the PsySSA 2018 Annual Awards. The closing date is 30 June 2018. As you can see, the date is fast approaching. I therefore call upon our members to submit the nominations as soon as possible. These Annual Awards are presented to those special individuals and groups that have demonstrated commitment and excellence in each category of psychological work they undertake as part of their everyday lives. Kindly submit the completed form with the relevant documentation to the PsySSA Executive Director,

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the homepage ( )

Ke a leboga

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