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Connecting the dots…

I write this editorial at a time when many people I know have been misplaced due to the severe storms and fires which have ravaged the Western- and Southern Cape regions. Although there is unprecedented damage and destruction in the wake of these tragedies I was yet again comforted by the support offered for victims affected by these events. Our thoughts go out to each person and family in the area and we wish that Ubuntu will be our shining resolve to curb the negative impact of this sad event. We, as psychology professionals, have an important role to play in these spaces…

June 2017 • Issue 2

President’s Corner

President’s Corner

I would like to take this opportunity of welcoming the many new members who joined PsySSA this year. We look forward to engaging with you. Thank you also to PsySSA members who renewed their memberships for 2017. PsySSA exists only because of the mandate of its members. Let me also remind members that PsySSA has negotiated an excellent deal for indemnity insurance for PsySSA members. Members can visit for more information.


PhDs conferred

As PsySSA we would like to congratulate the following colleagues for completing their PhDs.
Dr Rashid Ahmed and Dr Nishola Rawatlal

Psychology stalwarts passes on

It is with great sadness that PsySSA notes the passing on of Mr Elias Makwe. A clinical psychologist by profession, Mr Makwe dedicated his life to the assistance of those most in need of psychological assistance practicing in some of the most impoverished areas in South Africa. Most of us will remember his smile and the gentle way in which he always interacted. His presence in PsySSA structures will be missed. PsySSA expresses condolences to the Makwe family during this trying time.

Book launch: Female Perpetrated Sex Abuse by Sherianne Kramer

At the time of publication the book launch referred to in text would be a thing of the past, however, we would like to extend a congratulatory note to the author and our colleague, Sherianne Kramer. We wish you great success with this publication.

Congratulations to Dr Nishola Rawatlal: From SASCP Division

SASCP would formally like to congratulate our Vice Chairperson, Dr Nishola Rawatlal, on the awarding of her PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Behavioural Medicine. Dr Rawatlal was supervised by Professor Basil Pillay and her topic was “The study of family and environmental stress factors, alcohol use and depression in a South African youth cohort”. CONGRATULATIONS Dr Rawatlal.

INS2017 and PAPU Congress Registrations… Book your place

We are spoiled for choice this year and have two big psychology events on African soil. Please visit the Congress websites to stay up to date with...

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PsySSA Structures

Divisional News

Division for Research and Methodology (DRM)

DRM ExCo Member news Dr Sherianne Kramer’s current research focused on child and female perpetrations of violence and victims thereof has been...

South African Society of Clinical Hypnosis (SASCH)

 SASCH ExCo Announcements: Spiritual/Transpersonal Training Level 1 Dates: 10 & 11 June 2017 The aim of the course is to empower psychologists...

South African Association of Counselling Psychologists (SAACP)

SAACP ExCo Member news Enthooz (Lifestyle Magazine for Goldfields and Beyond) presented the Welkom Campus of the Central University of Technology...

Sexuality and Gender Division (SGD)

SGD ExCo Sexology Masterclass On 19 August, the SGD in collaboration with the Southern African Sexual Health Association, will present a Sexology...


PsySSA KwaZulu-Natal Branch

PsySSA KZN-DPPG Monthly Meetings: The Durban Practicing Psychologists Group (DPPG) and PsySSA KZN Branch co-hosted three monthly CPD meetings since...

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Using ‘informal’ hypnotherapy in career counselling: blending Savickas and Erickson to ‘free the angel’ (SASCH)

Kobus Maree Department of educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 0001 Introduction Although much has been...

Being a psychometrist in South Africa: The journey to registration and a brief look into psychological assessments and the role psychometrists can play (RCP)

Cobi Hayes Research Psychologist (PS 0128074) PsySSA RCP Division Vice-Chair: Psychometry Lauren Davies Independent Psychometrist (PMT 0088196)...

Your journey into psychology – Selecting your registration category (DRM)

Choosing a registration category in the field of psychology can be a daunting task, especially given the various registration options available. Further, students do not always have sufficient information about what research psychology involves and what kinds of career opportunities are available. The lack of information may account for the low number of individuals registered with the HPCSA in the category of research psychology.

The Importance of Child and Teen Mental Health (SASCP)

Kirsten Clark International Child Mental Health Awareness Week falls in May this year and brings into sharp focus the importance of the mental...

The Role of a Counselling Psychologist from the Perspective of a Prospective Psychologist (SAACP)

Nonhlonipho N. Biyela Intern Counselling Psychologist Supervised by Dr Solomon Makola Psychology as an academic and professional field of practice...

From Selfishness to Selflessness: My Unbecoming (CaSP)

I had initially aspired to become a medical doctor, because ever since childhood, I had always wanted to help people. I would not admit this to myself at the time, but I wanted to become a doctor for all the wrong reasons. In retrospect, this was ignorant and self-serving. I desired the prestige and money associated with those in the profession.

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Upcoming Events

2017 INS Mid-Year Congress

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.

Final INS Programme

1st Pan-African Psychology 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.

Congress Programme (Draft)


2017 Issue 2 is now available

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