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Welcome to another edition of PsyTalk, our quarterly bulletin showcasing the work of PsySSA’s Divisions, Standing Committees and Branches. We trust that you will find the content topical and relevant to our context where we choose to practice our profession.
The current issue is dedicated to the field of telepsychology and includes links and resources to what is deemed by many “the new kid on the block.” We have seen, and have been exposed to, the significant acceleration in our personal and professional lives towards using ICT as a means of communication and even within professional practice.

March 2018 • Issue 1

PsySSA President: Prof Tholene Sodi

President’s Corner

It is unbelievable how fast time flies. Only a few months ago, I wrote my first President’s Corner to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve and represent the Society. Having now settled in my seat, I have come to appreciate the sterling work that our members and the PsySSA administration are doing to serve and transform the profession. With two very successful conferences in 2017 (that is, the International Neuropsychology Society Mid-Year Congress and the historic Pan African Psychology Union Congress), we can certainly proclaim that we can organise congresses that exceed expectations.

Telepsychology: “The new kid on the block?”

Some guidelines for telepsychology in South Africa

Internet-based telecommunication technologies have evolved rapidly and provide new opportunities for the remote provision of psychological services. Telepsychology, which is the use of telecommunication technologies to provide psychological services, has the potential to increase accessibility to services and reduce the stigma of help seeking. There is an emerging research base indicating that online therapy is effective for many conditions, including depression (Cowpertwait & Clarke, 2013), anxiety (Rees & Maclaine, 2015) and substance use disorders (Gainsbury &
Blaszczynski, 2011).

It is important to note that the resources provided here should not be seen as an endorsement by PsySSA but rather as a means to facilitate discussion around this fairly new approach to providing mental healthcare.


Psychological Society of South Africa

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Benefits of Telepsychology

Interested in Providing Online Psychotherapy?

Vsee for Telemental Health Counselling

The Promise of Telebehavioural Health

7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Online Therapy

Telemental Health Overview

PsySSA Structures

Divisional News

Student Division

Student Division ExCo [gview...

Sexuality and Gender Division (SGD)

SGD ExCo Two new fascinating publications related to sexuality and gender were first launched at the end of 2017: Blackwashing Homophobia by Prof...

Division for Research and Methodology (DRM)

DRM ExCo Member news Prof Vanessa Scherman presented at the Seventh International Conference on Probabilistic Models for Measurement. The conference...

Trauma and Violence Division (TVD)

Kempie van Rooyen The focus of this TVD section in PsyTalk is on the invaluable work of Prof Juan Nel and Ms Yolanda Mitchell in the sensitising of...

Society for Educational Psychology of South Africa (SEPSA)

SEPSA ExCo Announcements: The SEPSA ExCo will provide short information sessions on the appropriate and ethical administrative procedures when...

Divisional Articles Slider

ICT and Psychology: how information and communication technologies impact on and relate to sexualities and gender (SGD)

In an essay on Critical Sexualities Studies , Ken Plummer argues that we are living in an era characterised by a tension between sexual cosmopolitanism and sexual fundamentalism. As evidence of the former he cites a broad (though surely contested) global awareness of, and a willingness to live with, human sexual variety both within and across cultures.

Surgeons for Little Lives donation drive for the THINK study at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and Arrival and Discharge Packs for patients (Student Division)

Written by Tamaryn Wilde (Chairperson of PsySSA Student Division Community Development Sub Com) Surgeons for Little Lives (SFLL) is a registered...

Understanding the use of online assessment (internet testing) in your practice (DRM) and Tips for Practice (DRM)

The phrase ‘time is money’ is often heard in the world of business, and this is true for psychologists as well. As a field, we are always trying to find ways to do things better, with the emphasis on efficiency. The internet provided a platform for taking psychometric testing into new directions but with this comes the need for the ethical and professional use of the tests and the results generated from the tests (Naglieri et al., 2004).

Soul City Rise clubs for young women (CaSP)

A team of researchers recently evaluated the implementation of the Soul City Rise clubs for young women implemented in many communities throughout South Africa.
The RISE Young Women’s clubs strive towards a sustainable community-based approach which intends to reduce new HIV infections among young South African women (ages 15-24). It uses an innovative behavioural change communication approach to address the vulnerabilities of young women.

“The Two Faces of Narcissism”: A Review of Wink’s Taxonomy of Overt and Covert Narcissistic Personality Disorder Types (SASCP)

Most practising psychologists have encountered patients with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. For the most part, they are fairly easy to diagnose based on the DMS 5 criteria – we typically look for signs of a lack of concern for others’ feelings, grandiosity, a sense of entitlement and self-indulgence. But just as there are nuances in the presentation of borderline patients, there may also be more than one type of narcissist.

Challenges for African children, their strengths and cultural perspectives enabling them to reach healthy adulthood

This study sets out to investigate the challenges African children face throughout developmental transitions in the pathways of growing up to healthy adulthood in most African settings with particular reference to Cameroon. The transitional periods are tasks related and effective transitions characterised by effective demonstrations of skills and competences in the performance of specific tasks engaged in through socialization process.

Adaptability: A key capacity whose time has come

Responding to change, novelty, variability and uncertainty.
In coming years, the world will undergo substantial change. To varying degrees, and in diff erent ways, industry will be reshaped around environmental demands and pressures, medical advancements will extend the human life span, pharmaceutical developments will present new possibilities for human functioning, communications technology will be reshaped around enhanced speed and extreme bandwidth, high-level globalised computing networks will accelerate information generation and dissemination, and expansion of electronic databases and resources will transform education and learning.

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