The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA)

The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) is the professional body representing psychology professionals in South Africa.

PsySSA was formed in January 1994, uniting the various bodies that existed until then. PsySSA was structured as a transformed entity to deal with the fast-changing dispensation and speaks authoritatively on behalf of the discipline on matters concerning the mental health and psychosocial well-being of all South Africans. PsySSA has since its inception been dedicated to making a significant contribution to solving the pressing human development problems in South Africa.

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PsySSA Statement: Parktown Boys High School tragedy

The Society for Educational Psychology of South Africa (SEPSA) drafted the statement on the Parktown Boys High School tragedy on behalf of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA)

The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) joins the nation in expressing its sadness over the death of young Enoch Mpianzi who lost his life during a school camp. The death of a child, in any manner, is a most tragic event for a family and in the lives of parents. When a child dies in such circumstances while in the care of an institution like a school, it is especially disturbing.

Happy 26th Birthday, PsySSA!

Happy 26th birthday to PsySSA! Launched in pursuit of societal transformation, PsySSA has matured and flourished to become the distinguished psychological Society that it is today. This celebratory occasion is an opportune moment to salute the Society and its members...

Coping with bad news in matric results: ‘Do not give up hope,’ says UP psychologist and career counselling expert

This is according to Kobus Maree, a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria, who asserts that “the word ‘fail’ has no place in current society. Instead the phrase ‘insufficient achievement’ is more appropriate”. Prof Maree, who has doctorates in career counselling, psychology as well as in learning facilitation in mathematics, says while your current marks will co-determine whether you will be accepted into your preferred field of study, they will not determine if you will be successful in life. Nor will they limit your career prospects. “It hurts when one learns that the outcomes of an examination were less successful than expected. But step back emotionally and interpret the experience logically. All human beings experience success and are less successful from time to time. This is the most normal thing in the world.”

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Happy 26th Birthday, PsySSA!

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An Open Statement by the Psychological Society of South Africa in support of Comprehensive Sexualities Education (CSE) in South Africa

An Open Statement by the Psychological Society of South Africa in support of Comprehensive Sexualities Education (CSE) in South Africa...

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Strategic Planning 2020

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Vision

PsySSA aspires to advance South African Psychology as a science and profession of global stature and to promote psychological praxis as relevant, proactive and responsive to social needs and well-being. This includes transforming and redressing South African Psychology to serve the needs and interests of all South Africa’s people

Mission

The mission of PsySSA is to actively represent and promote the collective interests of members and to develop Psychology nationally and internationally as a means of enhancing well-being.

Purpose

As a professional association, the Society’s core purpose is to:

  • Promote the common interests of the members of the Society – as practitioners of, or who are involved in, the field of Psychology.
  • Be responsive to strategic, democratically identified needs and priorities, thus serving as a primary resource for all psychology professionals.
  • Grow the visibility and influence of Psychology and PsySSA in contributing to human rights, health and well-being.
  • Champion the recognition, relevance and application of Psychology to a wider audience.
  • Be a continental leader and global partner in promoting and advancing the discipline to address individual, societal and global challenges.

Core values

PsySSA commits to its vision through a mission that is grounded in the following core values:

Excellence

To maintain and encourage the highest standards of professional and scientific competence to ensure national and international best practice.

Integrity and ethics

To act with integrity, communicate respectfully, accept responsibility for our words and actions, and requiring ethical, professional behaviour by all persons associated with PsySSA.

People-centredness

To care about the interests and needs of our members, strive to empower and build the capacity of our members to realise their full potential, and support lifelong learning

Human rights and social justice orientation

To advance human rights and social justice, informed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and aligned to the South African Constitution; and to reconcile historically opposed groups. To ensure that members, Council, the Executive and staff are treated with dignity, equity and fairness.

Social relevance and responsiveness

To encourage a multiplicity of opinions and seek ways to incorporate the voices and experiences of all communities and avenues of Psychology in service of the public good.

Democratic, transparent and accountable governance

To conduct activities in a democratic, accountable and transparent manner; and to strive for efficiency and effectiveness in the management of PsySSA.

Non partisan and civil society based

To ensure that the Society remains an organ of civil society without any overt or covert loyalty to any political party.

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PsySSA Membership Section

Membership of the Society is an integral part of being a psychology professional. Our different grades of membership cater for those who have accredited qualifications, or are pursuing an accredited psychology-training route, as well as those who have an interest in psychology, but have no applicable qualifications.
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CaSP

Community & Social Psychology Division

DRM

Division for Research and Methodology

SEPSA

Society for Educational Psychology of South Africa

DNFP

Division of Neuropsychology & Forensic Psychology

RCP

Registered Counsellors and Psychometrists

PiPS

Psychology in Public Service

SGD

Sexuality and Gender Division

SD

Student Division

SAACP

South African Association of Counselling Psychology

SASCP

The South African Society for Clinical Psychology

TVD

Trauma and Violence Division

PsySSA Publications and Resources

A benefit to PsySSA members is online access to the South African Journal of Psychology, as well as a range of other Sage psychology journals to keep up to date with research in the profession.
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PsySSA has an active social media profile and regularly engages with the broader psychology community through its posts and social media updates. View the latest posts below.

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Happy 26th birthday to PsySSA! Launched in pursuit of societal transformation, PsySSA has matured and flourished to become the distinguished psychological Society that it is today. This celebratory occasion is an opportune moment to salute the Society and its members for their commitment, many contributions and accomplishments since 1994. Here’s to the lighting of candles as PsySSA looks ahead to a new decade in service of the public good.
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An Open Statement by the Psychological Society of South Africa in support of Comprehensive Sexualities Education (CSE) in South Africa.

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Visit our Careers in Psychology information page

Whether you are an experienced psychologist or a student you may benefit from first visiting the Careers in Psychology page. We hope that you find the information useful and informative. Links to recently advertised psychology positions are listed here for your perusal. 

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Building a Unified, Relevant & Responsive Psychology

PsySSA advances South African psychology as a science and profession of global stature and promotes psychological praxis as relevant, proactive and responsive to societal needs and well-being.

Here you will find links to some of the broader issues affecting psychology practitioners. 

PsySSA written response on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill

Thank you for the opportunity for members of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PSYSSA) to comment on the NHI Bill.  These comments follow on from our previous submission to the NHI White Paper, dated 25th May 2016.  The process of gathering comments from our...

PsySSA Western Cape Branch NHI Discussion

On Saturday, 28 September, the PsySSA Western Cape branch hosted a discussion about the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system at the Cornerstone Institute in Cape Town. The speaker, Professor Sharon Kleintjies (University of Cape Town and...

Update on the Review of the Regulations Relating to the Scope of the Profession of Psychology

This communication serves to update the profession on progress made by the Professional Board in finalising the review of the Regulations defining the Scope of the Profession of Psychology. Please see attached relevant documents below: [gview...

Invitation: Public Service Reform through the Lens of Life Esidimeni

Through the Lens of Life Esidimeni Transforming the ‘state’ should not be limited to a focus on the executive as a key site of decision-making power. It must also encompass the public service – the bureaucracy that interfaces with the public and gives...

Judge Moseneke donates his Esidimeni arbitration fees to law students

Retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke presided over the Esidemeni hearings and in an act that can only be described as humbling, donated his arbitrtion fees to law schools whose students fight for the poor and vulnerable. Moseneke said: "[I] will...

LIFE Esidimeni: Relief and caution after Life Esidimeni ruling

Professor Anthony Pillay, past president of the Psychological Society of South Africa, spoke on POWERfm during the POWERBreakfast show regarding the latest outcomes of the Life Esidimeni Trial Arbitration Hearings.

Moseneke gives government 3 months to pay more than R1m each to Life Esidimeni families

The Life Esidimeni Arbitration Hearings Johannesburg - Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has given the South African government three months to compensate the families of those who died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy. The compensation is in...

Building an Effective Mental Health Defence Force to Serve SA Communities

Mental health issues have been on the rise in South African communities and we have a shortage of skills in the psychology profession to meet this overwhelming need.

PsySSA Comments on the Life Esidimeni Arbitration Hearings

The Life Esidimeni Arbitration Hearings With the rest of the nation, PsySSA follows the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings with great interest. Considering the death toll is now believed to be over 140 and some patients still unaccounted for, these are...

Undesirable, dehumanised and tortured – expert speaks of Life Esidimeni trauma

Johannesburg – A clinical psychologist has testified about the severe social stresses and trauma the Life Esidimeni patients would’ve faced after being transferred to a number of unlicensed NGOs, which resulted in the deaths of 143 people.

Congress 2020

...we are counting down the days to the launch of the theme for the 26th South African Annual Psychology Congress

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