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“A change is gonna come…”

It seems like the story of Psychology is continuing to develop as the year unfolds. Even though we are now months post the court case there still seems to be a lack of understanding as to the implications of the court’s decision and the way forward.

We have seen new societies and organisations born out of frustration while others have decided to adopt a collaborative approach to solving the current impasse. The reality remains, no matter where you practice (and how you decide to approach the situation)… the Scope of Practice both directly and indirectly impacts on our profession as a whole.

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March 2017 • Issue 1

President’s message

President’s Corner

It feels like just yesterday that I wrote my first President’s corner. It is difficult to believe that we are already a quarter of the way into 2017. I guess time passes really quickly when you are busy and PsySSA has been extremely busy. As you are aware the Society acquired new premises and since December the PsySSA Office has been operating from Parktown. The year started amidst a flurry of activity with submissions for both the INS and PAPU conferences coming in apace. Given the Society’s prominent roles in both conferences, the office has been busy organizing the logistics and ensuring the scientific merits of both conferences.

PsySSA Council


APA and IUPsyS invite applications for the APA-IUPsyS Global Health Fellowship

The APA-IUPsyS Global Health Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a psychologist to contribute to the work of World Health Organization (WHO), in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD) for a period of one year. The Fellow will focus on one or more issues related to the WHO Mental Health Action Plan.

Congratulations to Dr Wahbie Long

Dr Wahbie Long was recently awarded the Early Career Award for Division 26 of the APA.

Dr Long were among several nominees and the the committee felt that her work exemplifies the career trajectory of those who have begun a solid career in the history of our discipline and related fields. Because the committee had a number of excellent nominees this year, and had not awarded the Early Career Award for several years, two awards were made – the other goes to Jennifer Bazar from Ontario. An official announcement to the division will follow.

PsySSA brings the psychology of hate speech to the high court

On 6 March 2017 the hate speech trial of Jon Qwelane commenced in the Johannesburg High Court. The trial concerns an article he wrote in 2008...


Kempie van Rooyen

Lead Article

How to prevent another Life Esidimeni tragedy – experts speak out

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…

Lead Article

Private practice focussing on community-based research

Psychologists possess a unique set of skills that can be applied in other contexts, still within their scopes of practice. Psychologists have the potential to contribute to the changing world in more than just the traditional way.

Surviving Private Practice

Each year Dr Ian Opperman and Mr Rafiq Lockhat presents a workshop at the PsySSA congress focused on the needs of private practitioners. The presenters also invite contributions from tax experts and other related practice relevant individuals. Above is a short extract from the 2016 Congress. Apologies needs to be noted seeing that Mr Lockat’s name has been omitted from the video as a co-presenter. We will rectify this as soon as possible.

Membership Section

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

Student Division

Student Division ExCo Why the soul, needs obstacles. Reflecting on my role as a psychology student I often ask myself why we run into obstacles?...

Division for Research and Methodology (DRM)

DRM ExCo Member news Dr Sherianne Kramer’s book titled “Female-Perpetrated Sex Abuse Knowledge, Power, and the Cultural Conditions of Victimhood”...

Sexuality and Gender Division (SGD)

SGD ExCo Introducing the SGD Executive Committee The SGD Executive Committee draws on a variety of experts for its membership. In this section, we...

South African Association of Counselling Psychologists (SAACP)

SAACP ExCo Be careful of this scam Ed... a member of the counselling division brought the following scam to the attention of the SAACP exco. The...

South African Society of Clinical Hypnosis (SASCH)

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

Featured Articles

Life Esidimeni through the lens of transformation?

By Mfundo Ndlela and the Student Division Transformation Subcommittee On Sunday, the 5th of February 2017, City Press released an article titled...

Research while in private practice: Daunting but doable (DRM)

Therapists providing psychological treatments routinely pose and test hypotheses about mechanisms of change. When they use systematic, objective, and scientific methods to do these tasks, clinicians can simultaneously provide quality care and contribute to the field’s understanding of the mechanisms of therapeutic action (Persons, 2007). Psychologists in practice have a unique opportunity to further develop the field in which they work. Psychologists are constantly identifying ways and means to assist their clients, so in essence,…

Can psychology see straight? Mobilising critical heterosexualities in the discipline (SGD)

Every time I have entered therapy as a client, I have felt somehow compelled to declare myself as queer, usually with the phrase: “I am married. To a woman.” This is inevitably followed by a short, uncomfortable silence and a nervous giggle, and then we would move on. To be fair, no therapist has actually ever asked me outright whether my marriage was to a man or a woman, but there is something about the therapeutic space that feels so heteronormative that declaring difference seems to be a necessary step towards achieving one’s therapeutic goals.

Divisional Articles

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” William James (1842-1910)


2017 Issue 1 is now available

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