Why Join PsySSA

PsySSA Membership Benefits

PsySSA is officially recognised as the negotiator with the Council for Medical Schemes, Compensation Commissioner, Public Service Commission, other Government Departments, Business, as well as the Professional Board for Psychology. It is through the activities of PsySSA that, psychologists received an unprecedented significant tariffs increase over the years from R161.00 in 1996 to R 417.70 (Excluding VAT) in 2007. More recently, PsySSA has made representation to the HPCSA through the ministerial investigation into the HPCSA regarding the annual registration fees paid by psychologists, the frequent administrative hassles encountered by our members in dealing with the HPCSA and the consistent misinformation on the HPCSA website. PsySSA has also been in discussion with several medical aids regarding recent decisions by certain medical aids not to reimburse certain categories of psychologists for services rendered.

Further benefits include the following:

  • Free access to PsyTalk, the Society’s Newsletter
  • Free access to the South African Journal of Psychology, the major scientific psychology journal in Africa
  • Free online access to a number of Psychology journals published by SAGE
  • CPD points available through the SAJP Questionnaire
  • Reduced fees for workshops and PsySSA activities, all of which are CPD-accredited
  • Reduced fees for the Annual National Psychology Congress, the flagship for psychology as a science and profession in South Africa
  • Free Ethics Committee advice and resolution of issues
  • The most cost-effective Professional Indemnity Insurance available in the market, designed exclusively for psychology professionals at a discounted price
  • PsySSA negotiated a Practice Management system with the lowest switching fee and no monthly licence fee for the first three months of signing up
  • Free listing and regular referrals through the PsySSA Directory of Psychology Professionals in Private Practice and through the PsySSA Office
  • Networking activities throughout the country and internationally
  • Negotiating for better work conditions and fees for psychology professionals
  • American Psychological Association (APA) member rates for APA convention registration, APA databases, and APA books and journals

PsySSA enjoys a relationship with the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and is a member of the International Test Commission (ITC), and we also have good working relations with various other international and national Psychology bodies, such as the International Association of Applied Psychology and the International Association of Cross Cultural Psychology. Furthermore, the Society has signed Memorandum of Understanding with 30 associations. The Society regularly liaises with local, national and international structures to facilitate professional development and the exchange of ideas that underpin the discipline.

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