Monthly Meetings

The Durban Practicing Psychologists Group (DPPG) and the PsySSA KZN Branch has co-hosted its January monthly CPD session. The topic for the January meeting was “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): An Introduction”, which was presented by Dr Lottie Labys. ACT is a form of therapy and a branch of clinical behaviour analysis. It is an empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies combined in different ways with commitment and behaviour-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.

Lottie Labys is an American-licensed Clinical Psychologist (Psy.D.) with experience in treating, researching, and assessing diverse populations (from refugees to US military veterans to rural indigenous peoples) with multiple health issues in a variety of settings. She spent 2013 to 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow in UKZN’s Department of Psychiatry where she conducted qualitative mental health research on refugees and a rural Zulu community. Last year she was the sole clinical psychologist at the Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services agency, assisting Somali refugees. Currently, she is a NRF-DST postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (UKZN-Westville) and UKZN’s Department of Psychiatry where she continues her qualitative work with isiZulu traditional healers and issues of mental health. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University (2010) and her B.A. with honours in History & Literature from Harvard University (1994).

A reminder that these CPD meetings take place on the last Wednesday of every month in Durban from 17:30-18:30 at the Life Entabeni Hospital Board Room and all DPPG and PsySSA KZN members are invited to attend. A CPD point is available for every meeting attended and we have an interesting programme for the year ahead. We look forward to seeing you there.

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