PsySSA Award for Fellowship 2017
Every year PsySSA acknowledges the contributions made by individuals and organisations in the field of Psychology that continue to push the boundaries of psychological practice and/or teaching. These awards are presented during the AGM. It is with great pleasure that we provide a brief overview of the awardees of 2017.
This prize is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to psychological science by a current or past scholar or team of scholars.
A triple doctorate, Kobus Maree (past and present editor or deputy editor of a number of scholarly journals) has received multiple awards for his work in Africa. A B1 rated researcher, he has authored or co-authored 100+ peer-reviewed articles and 60+ books/ book chapters on career counselling and related topics since 2009. In the same period, he supervised 30 doctoral theses and Master’s dissertations and read keynote papers at 20+ international and at 20+ national conferences. Kobus, who has spent much time abroad as a visiting professor in various countries, was awarded a fellowship of the IAAP in 2014.
PsySSA Award for Mentoring and Development 2017
This prize is awarded in recognition of mentoring and developing the careers/studies of students, psychologists or colleagues
Dr Ian Opperman is a Clinical and Educational Psychologist working from Bedfordview, Johannesburg in private practice. Dr Opperman has completed international training in all the modalities he presents and specialises in. He has been the keynote speaker at numerous international and local congresses on a wide variety of topics including Clinical Hypnotherapy, Couples Therapy, Neuropsychology, Trauma, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), to name a few. On occasion, he appears on Television and Radio, and writes for or is quoted in newspaper and magazine articles. Dr Opperman has published peer-review articles in local and international scientific journals.
Dr Opperman serves in leadership positions in the field of psychology, including being elected onto the Executive Committee of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), Chairman of the PsySSA Tariffs Committee, member of the Private Practice Committee of PsySSA, and he is the past President of the South African Society of Clinical Hypnosis (SASCH). Dr Opperman also lectures and supervises Honours students at the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP).
PsySSA Award for Undergraduate teaching excellence and/or graduate teaching excellence 2017
Awarded to individuals who have sustained experience in a university requiring substantial teaching responsibilities in Psychology
Prof Willie Tafadzwa Chinyamurindi is an Associate Professor within the Department of Business Management at the University of Fort Hare. Willie is also an avid user of technology within teaching practice. He has presented at local and international conferences and continues to publish in local and international journals.