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Welcome to another edition of PsyTalk, our quarterly bulletin showcasing the work of PsySSA’s Divisions, Standing Committees and Branches. We trust that you will find the content topical and relevant to our context where we choose to practice our profession.
It is now just after 01:00 on a Wednesday morning and I find myself searching for something that I don’t have… time. I suppose it is a feeling that a lot of people experience during this time of the year… that feeling like you have just not been able to capatilise on all the opportunities presented throughout the year.

November 2017 • Issue 4

PsySSA President: Prof Tholene Sodi

President’s Corner

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as President of the Psychological Society of South Africa. I feel privileged and excited to represent the Society and its membership during the upcoming year. Indeed, serving as your President is a singular honour, but also one that is more daunting for three main reasons. First, being elected President comes the responsibility to diligently serve the aspirations of a large and highly diverse membership that has different needs and expectations…


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Stay up to date with PsySSA on all of our social media platforms. We are constantly posting the latest news, videos and membership information. Ask...

End of year message…

Dear PsySSA Member, PsySSA would like to take this opportunity to wish its members a joyful festive season and a fruitful 2018. The year’s end...

Mental Health Matters Journal… Special offer for PsySSA members

The Mental Health Matters Journal is a tool for healthcare practitioners which features articles by Psychiatrists, Psychologists as well as...

Congratulations to Dr Neo Pule

PsySSA would formally like to congratulate previous Executive Committee member Neo Pule on achieving her PHD

2018 ITC Call for Submissions opened on July 15, 2017

2018 ITC Call for Submissions opened on July 15, 2017.
The 2018 ITC Conference will be held from July 2 to 5 in Montreal, Quebec. The overall theme, “On the beat of testing”, alludes to the Montreal Jazz Festival (from June 28 to July 7, 2018). The music of this festival inspired a thematic focus on best practices, instrument quality, cultural influence, and creativity through innovation.

Reflecting on PAPU 2017

Opening Address

Congress Memories

Biko Fanon Award 2017

First Announcement: 24th Annual Psychology Congress

We are proud to launch the theme for our 24th Annual Psychology Congress in this issue of PsyTALK. The planning for the conference is already in full swing and will release important congress related information as soon as it becomes available.

Click on the image to open the Annual Psychology Congress 2018 first call…

PsySSA Structures

Divisional News

Division for Research and Methodology (DRM)

DRM ExCo Member news The PsySSA Divisions are entering a new term. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the previous DRM executive...

Sexuality and Gender Division (SGD)

SGD ExCo The 1st Pan-African Psychology Union Congress, held in Durban from 18-21 September 2017, has been a highlight for the Sexuality and Gender...

Student Division

Student Division ExCo Member News We are proud to say that two of our student members have been appointed as divisional executives. Ms. Natalie...

Branches and MoU Partners

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A Social-Ecological Investigation of Sesotho-Speaking Youths’ Resilience Processes (DRM)

Ungar (2011; 2012) hypothesised resilience as a socio-ecological facilitated process whereby individuals can ask/negotiate for health-promoting resources, and their social ecology (e.g., parents, teachers, social workers) in return provides support in culturally and contextually aligned ways. South African qualitative studies of youth resilience have indicated that Ungar’s expression is plausible, but not quantitatively tested, including in South Africa.

Tips for researchers (DRM)

The process of preparing a poster presentation for a conference can be a daunting task. Nonetheless there are many advantages to presenting your research in the form of a poster, such as its longevity (as posters can be indefinitely displayed in your department or office), and the fact that you are less likely to have to present to large audiences if you are not yet comfortable with presenting to a group. We offer some practical tips here.

Reflections on the Bringing Research into Practice: Why Psychology and Research are Mutually Inclusive (SGD)

The 1st Pan African Psychology Union, recently held in KwaZulu Natal, hosted a workshop on the role of research in psychology. The various divisions of the Psychological Society of South Africa were represented, with each division sharing how research features and is currently understood and implemented. The centrality of research was made explicit, with innovations various fields being shared. As the Sexuality and Gender Division representative, I spent a considerable amount of time pondering over what to share.

Are Institutional Policies Relevant to the Transformational Project of Psychology? (SAACP)

I was pleasantly surprised during the recently held 1st Pan-African Psychology Congress (PAPU 2017), to discover the wealth of scientific research output by researchers from the continent and various countries of the world that espouse the much needed transformational approach to psychological practice towards attainment of the public good of the society in general, and the African communities in particular.

The Role of the Educational Psychologist in Personal Injury Claims (SEPSA)

Educational psychologists play an important role in the assessment for personal injury when, in particular, the individual concerned:

is of preschool age;
is of school-going age;
is of post school-going age, in some form of further education or training at time of injury;
was still at school at the time of the injury and has since left school;
was in tertiary education at time of injury or was going to continue to tertiary education if the accident had not occurred;
is an adult at the time of injury, has resulted in their changing careers or missing out on previous employment opportunities.

Effects of Bilingualism on Cognitive and Literacy Task Performance: Implications for Scholastic Assessment in South Africa (RCP)

Dr Diana De Sousa, Research Psychologist PsySSA RCP Division Chair: Registered Counsellors and Psychometry The effects of bilingualism on cognitive...

The Scope of Practice through the Eyes of a Student (Student Division)

According to the World health organisation (WHO, 2003) as many as 450 million people suffer from mental or behavioural disorders and almost one million people commit suicide each year. In South Africa the health department didn’t consider the study by WHO, when introducing the new scope of practice in September 2011 referred to as the, Regulations Defining the Scope of the Profession of Psychology

Tips for researchers (DRM)

Students and supervisors alike negotiate their supervision relationship, both aiming for the completion of the dissertation for degree purposes. The internal and external factors that influence this relationship varies throughout the duration of the supervision process. Below we have included some student-supervision tips that have been put together by DRM executive member, Tasneem Hassem

The long road to practicalities in Research Ethics (DRM)

The Southern Africa Students’ Psychology conference has grown into a fixed feature and part of regular routine in the lives and work of Psychology students in Southern Africa. This year marked the fifth edition, at which students, academics, and practitioners came together under the theme: “Psychologies in dialogue: Strengthening our African connections”.

Women’s mental health and well-being: Still a long march (Student Division)

Karen Roos, Dominique Huddlestone and Aimee Fouche Student Division PSYSSA, Western Cape   The 9th of August 1956 commemorates the day that 20...

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