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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. It gives me great pleasure to write this editorial where in particular we would like to express a sincere word of thanks to our outgoing President, Prof Sumaya Laher. Prof Laher has played a pivotal role in negotiating the difficult terrain relating to our Scope of Practice and has sacrificed…

August 2017 • Issue 3

PsySSA President: Prof Sumaya Laher

President’s Corner

Spring is virtually upon us and for PsySSA members this heralds the coming of our much-awaited annual Congress. As indicated in previous communication, PsySSA is hosting the inaugural Pan African Psychology Union Congress (PAPU2017). Hence the annual PsySSA Congress has been incorporated into PAPU2017. With over 600 presentations spanning all areas of Psychology, it’s no wonder registration for PAPU is moving at a brisk pace. Members can access the programme at…

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On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, concerned citizens around the world marched on behalf of science. This global support for the scientific endeavour provided an opportunity to recognize that science and access to the benefits of science, are human rights. Along with numerous scientific organizations including AAAS, the American Psychological Association endorsed the march and encouraged psychologists to advocate on behalf of science. One aspect of that advocacy is to articulate the benefits to society of psychological science. Read more…

South African Federation for Mental Health Initiative

Every year March is commemorated as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month, and this year the South African Federation for Mental Health focused on creating awareness around the right that persons with intellectual disabilities have to access employment opportunities. People with intellectual disability are often marginalised and excluded from various aspects of life due to the perception that they are unable to contribute or play a meaningful role due to their disability. However, with the correct support and training there are people with intellectual disabilities who can be empowered to enter the open labour market.

SAFMH has created an empowerment tool called the Right to Employment DVD, focusing on empowering persons with mental disabilities (including those with intellectual disabilities) to access employment opportunities. Although copies of the DVDS will be distributed to partners, SAFMH has decided to upload the educational videos to YouTube so that they can be accessed by anyone who needs to make use of them. The DVD and videos are divided into two sections: Section 1 is focused on persons with mental disabilities who want to find employment. The video includes information such as practical tips on how to create a CV, how to prepare for a job interview, what reasonable accommodation is and what labour laws exist in South Africa that protect the rights of persons with disabilities

Section 1 for employees can be accessed here...

Section 2 for employers can be accessed here

Section 2 is focused on prospective employers of persons with mental disabilities. It aims to educate companies and organisations about what is meant by mental disability, what the various benefits are of employing persons with disabilities, what can be expected of companies with regards to reasonable accommodation, and what labour laws protect persons with disabilities in South Africa.

It is our hope that tools such as the Right to Employment education resources will empower persons with intellectual disabilities to access employment opportunities, as well as help to combat the stigma and discrimination that people with intellectual disability often face.

Upcoming Events

1st Pan-African Psychology Congress

The Pan-African Psychology Union (PAPU) and the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), together with PAPU members in Africa, look forward to welcoming you to the first-ever continental psychology congress from 18 to 21 September 2017 in Durban, South Africa.

Congress Programme (Draft)

Looking Back… INS Mid-Year Congress 2017

International Neuropsychological Society 50th Anniversary Mid-Year Congress

The International Neuropsychological Society’s (INS) historic 50th Anniversary Mid-Year Congress took place in Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 5-8 July 2017 and welcomed close to 400 delegates from 30 different countries.  Over the past...

PsySSA Structures

Divisional News

Student Division

Student Division ExCo Member News Student Division would like to welcome Justine Du Plooy in her newly appointed position of acting chair of the...

Division for Research and Methodology (DRM)

DRM ExCo Member news Sherianne Kramer has recently presented papers at the European Congress on African Studies in Switzerland and the South African...

Sexuality and Gender Division (SGD)

SGD ExCo Queer Theory Reading Group The Sexuality and Gender Division is facilitating a Queer Theory Reading Group. The group hopes to be a mutual...

Branches and MoU Partners

PsySSA KwaZulu-Natal Branch

Third Mental Health Advocacy Symposium in Durban By Suntosh Pillay “Do not curse the darkness, light a candle”. Quoting a Chinese proverb, Dr Suvira...

Psychology Association of Zambia Networking Breakfast Meeting

Psychology is a growing field in Zambia. There has been an increase in the number of students enrolling for psychology courses; higher institutions...

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Tips for researchers (DRM)

Students and supervisors alike negotiate their supervision relationship, both aiming for the completion of the dissertation for degree purposes. The internal and external factors that influence this relationship varies throughout the duration of the supervision process. Below we have included some student-supervision tips that have been put together by DRM executive member, Tasneem Hassem

The long road to practicalities in Research Ethics (DRM)

The Southern Africa Students’ Psychology conference has grown into a fixed feature and part of regular routine in the lives and work of Psychology students in Southern Africa. This year marked the fifth edition, at which students, academics, and practitioners came together under the theme: “Psychologies in dialogue: Strengthening our African connections”.

Women’s mental health and well-being: Still a long march (Student Division)

Karen Roos, Dominique Huddlestone and Aimee Fouche Student Division PSYSSA, Western Cape   The 9th of August 1956 commemorates the day that 20...

Building social capital: KZN Advocacy Group to walk for mental health (CaSP)

On October 15, the Durban community will meet at the north beach amphitheatre and ‘Step up for Mental Health’. This will be a mass community initiative for Mental Health Awareness Month, organized by the KZN Mental Health Advocacy Group, of which PsySSA KZN is a partner. It is community and social psychology in action, in one of the largest multi-stakeholder mental health events in the province.

Psychological alchemy: Neuroscience developments in trauma interventions (SASCP)

The traditional approach to trauma involves an immediate debriefing, psychopharmacological intervention and repeated narration of the incident (van Emmerik, Kamphuis, Hulsbosch & Emmelkamp, 2002). Over the last decade, there has been some debate that immediate debriefing may be harmful to trauma survivors and that psychopharmacology may not necessarily be the best option in terms of mitigating the physical effects of the experience in the first few days.

What Equality Clause? A review of Homophobia and sexuality diversity in South African schools: a review (SGD)

Dennis Francis, a professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University, conducted a comprehensive review of 27 South African publications which looked at sexuality and homophobia in the South African school setting between 1999 and 2016. The rationale for this review is that as a site of identity construction, the school plays a critical role in how young people might feel free or constrained in coming to appreciate and accept their emergent sexual and gender identities.

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