Member News

Walking from Darkness into Light – Cape Town

 On Saturday 12 May we participated in the Darkness into Light – Cape Town 5km walk to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention and self-harm. Roughly 200 000 people around the world walked to promote self-care, acceptance and hope, and we are proud to have been a part of it. This is the first walk that was held in Cape Town, and all the proceeds go to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group’s Suicide Helpline. PsySSA SD raised R1202! Thank you to those who participated and donated.

https://dil2018.pieta.ie/fundraiser/psyssasd

Inter-divisional assistance: Students assisting the Sexuality and Gender Division (SGD) with their launch – 19 April 2018

The PsySSA Student Division was honoured to assist the Sexuality and Gender Division at the launch of the Practice Guidelines for Psychology Professionals working with sexually and Gender-Diverse People.

We salute the Sexuality and Gender Division for their great example and for including students in their ongoing endeavours. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to rub shoulders with the leading minds in this field.

Mentorship Programme 2018 – Social!

The Mentorship programme for 2018 officially commenced in April, with its first social being hosted at the Mushroom Park in Sandton. The spirit of both Mentees and Mentors was amazing. As the Mentorship Co-ordinator for 2018, it was a great relief to know that all members of the programme had an opportunity to bond and learn. The day included various fun activities such as the ice-breaker challenge, a 3-legged chocolate egg hunt, with a surprise activity before concluding on how the activities related to psychology, and what each participant learnt from the activities. The Mentorship Subcommittee thanks all mentees, mentors, PsySSA Student Division Executives and members who attended the event.

Watch this space!

Community Development – Baragwaneth Hospital Toy Drive Update

 Over the last two months the PsySSA Student Division Community Development Subcommittee has been collecting donations for the Paediatric Ward at Baragwaneth Hospital. We partnered with Surgeons for Little Lives and Mulbarton Primary School and on the 18th of May the subcommittee is planning on handing over the donations to the hospital.

The below pictures are only some of the donations that have been collected! Keep an eye on our social media to see the result of this PsySSA Student Division initiative.

Divisional news

This year the Student Division decided to hold electronic elections for additional executive members. Using Facebook as our main communication platform, Google Forms for nominations and Doodle for elections. On 19 February 2018 we announced the results. We thank everyone for participating in this initiative and we are excited to announce our new additions to the team!

Andrea Jacobs

Andrea is currently a second year M.Ed Educational Psychology student and the psychological test librarian at the University of Johannesburg. She holds a MA (Research Psychology), PGCE (Postgraduate certificate in education) specializing in Life Orientation (Cum Laude), BA Hon (Psychology) and BA (Psychology) from the University of Johannesburg. Her areas of interest include neuropsychology, developmental psychology, psychological assessment and career development.

She has twice received a Golden Key Award, as well as being placed on the Dean’s list for top academic achievers in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg.

Her volunteer/work experience includes volunteer counselling at Headway: The Brain Injury Association and SADAG as well as being a Senior Tutor.

“By being a member of the PSYSSA student division, I would like to emphasize community engagement, that would speak to the development of students as well as South African communities. Similarly, I would like to create a network of support for students going through the selection process.”

Andrea currently serves as the co-executive portfolio holder of the Societies subcommittee within the Student Division.

Email Andrea at: psyssastudentgreen@gmail.com

Queeneth “Dudu” Nkosi

Dudu is currently completing her Honours in BA Psychological Counselling through UNISA, she completed the Student Division Mentorship Programme of 2017 where she received the Mentee of the Year Award.

Through the Mentorship Programme she was introduced to a community project called ‘Psych students serving’. This part of the programme made her aware that helping those in need had no age limit. Her two daughters, the youngest being 4 at the time, also volunteered with her which led her to join SADAG and take up visiting a children’s home during her spare time.

“What are we without family? Their support and love has pushed me despite all challenges faced along the way.”

Now a SADAG trained counsellor as well as an HIV peer educator, Dudu also received a certificate for attending the Mental health in the workplace presentation. Dude hopes to become a Clinical Psychologist one day and hopes to pass down the lessons and support she has received, as a 2017 mentee, to other aspiring psychologists.

Dudu’s executive portfolio includes Inter-Divisional collaboration and she oversees Student Representation in the other divisions.

Email Dudu at: psyssastudentred@gmail.com

Genevieve Burrow

Genevieve is a Bachelor of Arts student at UNISA, majoring in Psychology and Criminology, lives in Cape Town, and apart from psychology, she is passionate about yoga and cooking.

She did a year-long addiction counselling course, and during her observation hours at a rehabilitation facility, she realised that she could not imagine her life without psychology, learning, and helping. Prior to her executive appointment she had been working with our secretary, Jané Combrinck, as an administrator on various UNISA student forums on Facebook.

“I believe that education is one of the most powerful tools we have, and I would love to help educate people, and keep them up-to-date with Psychology in South Africa.”

Ms Burrow runs the Division’s social media and Frequently Asked Questions page, constantly ensuring that we provide excellent assistance to students navigating their psychology journeys. Being based in Cape Town, she has also taken charge of the division’s activities in the Western Cape Province, the first event being the Darkness into Light walk which she ran as the project manager.

Email Genevieve at: psyssastudentblue@gmail.com

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