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Time to reflect or time to plan? You decide…

I have always associated the start of Spring with good fishing. Now let me explain, this is not an editorial for a fishing magazine and it might take some time to convince you that indeed the topic introduced can be linked to what we are experiencing in psychology at the moment, so please, bear with me…

September 2016 • Issue 3

President’s message

President’s Corner

Since the last communication in PsyTalk, where I noted PsySSA’s concern about the court matter between the Recognition of Life Long Learning in Psychology Action Group (RELPAG) and others, and the Professional Board for Psychology, and our recommendation that the Board meets with the parties to resolve the matter, there has been a new development. Considering the national significance of this matter PsySSA approached the two parties and offered to facilitate a meeting between them…


Sexuality and Gender Division (SGD)

Ella Kotze Member news: Prof Carien Lubbe de Beer moves to New Zealand The SGD suffered a great loss with the departure of Prof Carien Lubbe de...

Division for Research and Methodology (DRM)

Sherianne Kramer Divisional news: Dr Sherianne Kramer presented two papers at the International Congress of Community Psychology 2016. She is also...

Student Division

Member news: We wish to welcome two new EC Members to our Team: Mr. Anco Gouws has been elected as the new VC for Free State. We wish him a warm...

Society for Educational Psychology of South Africa (SEPSA)

 Linda Da Rooster Member news: Member News: Elzette Fritz, co-director of MEISA (Milton Ericksonian Institute of South Africa) and Fred Schouwink...

South African Society of Clinical Hypnosis (SASCH)

 SASCH ExCo Announcements: Member News: SASCH is very pleased to welcome 10 newly trained Clinical Hypnotherapist to the professional community....

Registered Counsellors and Psychometrists

Registered Counsellors and Psychometrists Letter re Career Competence Framework [gview...


Kempie van Rooyen

Lead Article

Aim for unity rather than separation

In a world plagued by all manner of ills, by hostilities, by intolerance, by madness, could Psychology rise up and become the beacon of integrity? What is integrity? To my mind, integrity is about truth, it’s about respect, it’s about compassion, it’s about follow through, it’s about responsibility, it’s about consideration. Despite the world having become ‘a global village’, society appears to have lost its human connection – and its integrity.

History teaches us that unity is strength, and cautions us to submerge and overcome our differences in the quest for common goals, to strive, with all our combined strength, for the path to true African brotherhood and unity.


Featured Articles

The Importance of Language in Gender Identity Research (DRM)

Language used in research investigations and reports, has the power to be hurtful towards individuals who are part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) and other sexual or gender minorities. Researchers are bound by the South African Bill of Rights to ensure that they uphold the dignity of their participants. Further, the Health Professions Council of South Africa stipulates that researchers should avoid harming participants through discrimination…

Responding to the tragedy in Orlando: Helpful responses for LGBTQ people and allies (SGD)

What took place in Orlando on the morning of 12 June 2016 was a hate crime and an act of terror. In one sense, hate crimes are always acts of terror: Hate crimes victimise not only the individual or individuals who were directly impacted but also the communities of which those individuals are members. Feeling a certain level of confusion is a frequent part of being in a community that has been impacted by a hate crime.

Psychology Masters Selection and Employment… prospects in the field of Psychology

Hennie Nel PsySSA Student Division Vice Chair Gauteng As a third year student getting closer to completing my degree, I...

Supporting and developing under-resourced schools – Community psychology in action (CaSP)

Pearson Marang Education Trust (PMET) embodies community psychology in action in its focus on schools as social settings that influence groups and individuals within them. PMET was established in 2008 to develop and support under-resourced and underperforming schools. PMET is based in 6 provinces around the country, in 8 selected districts working with 4 high schools and 16 primary schools in each province. The schools are under-resourced in terms of physical infrastructure, finances and materials, but they also often lack knowledge and skills to promote physical, emotional and social health.

PsySSA and South African Psychology well represented at ICP2016

The ICP 2016 in Yokohama, Japan (24-29 July) with the theme ‘Diversity in Harmony: Insights from Psychology’ was undoubtedly a memorable event for all who attended. There was a good selection of presentations, the organization was of a high standard and the venue and surroundings made for a very pleasant and enjoyable experience. For those who took the time to travel further and soak up the Japanese sights and culture I am certain that they were well rewarded.

Tips for novice researchers (DRM) – Follow-up article

Based on the article included in the last issue of PsyTalk by Dr Angelo Fynn, entitled “Tips for Novice Researchers”, I have developed seven basic principles that I believe young researchers should strive to follow, namely… (read more)

Sexual Health Education Research: What do recent matriculants think of the Sexual Health Education they received in school? (SGD)

Sexual health education (SHE) has always been a topic of interest for me, both in terms of content covered in these lessons, as well as the learners’ responses to these lessons. Completing a master’s degree at the University of the Witwatersrand gave me the opportunity to conduct my research on this topic.

Registered Counsellors and Psychometrics (RCP)

A commonly asked question is “where can I get psychometric tests for my clients and how do I use them?”
To answer this question we need to start at the beginning. Form 94 is a very misunderstood and indeed under-utilised document. Part of the problem is that the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)…

Private Practice Submissions


LOUISE OLIVIER CHAIRPERSON: PRIVATE PRACTICE GROUP Be sure to comply with VAT requirements. The penalties for not paying VAT (should you be...

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Divisional Articles

Congress and Events

Congress Initiative – Diversity in Practice

Many of us have ideas and notions regarding the meaning of diversity. Diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religious beliefs are a few categories that may come to mind. As psychologists, working in multicultural and cross-cultural contexts presents us with many challenges as well as successes. With this in mind, PsySSA has included an innovative event titled Diversity in Practice to showcase our meanings of diversity in a creative and engaging way. The aim of the event is to explore and to demonstrate the multiple meanings, experiences and the complexities of working with diverse people and in diverse context. Presentations will include posters, slideshows, and displays. Some of the topics include Practice in Trans Context, Life Stories, Narrative Therapy, Robben Island Diversity Experience (RIDE) and Ecopsychology. We hope this event will encourage lively discussions and a space to share our diverse ways of practice.


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

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