Psychological Society of South Africa

A Global Partner in Organised Psychology

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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The voices of concern over our failing health care system

PsySSA joins the multitude of health professionals in condemning the health authorities’ negative responses to Dr Tim De Maayer who sought to highlight the poor conditions at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.

PsySSA Commemorates SANCA Drug Awareness Week 2022

PsySSA Commemorates SANCA Drug Awareness Week 2022

PsySSA Commemorates Youth Day 2022 #UnmutedYouth

PsySSA Commemorates Youth Day 2022

#UnmutedYouth

26th Annual South African Psychology Congress – Abstract Submission Deadline Extension

The Abstract Submission Deadline for PsySSA’s 26th Congress has been extended by two weeks!

ASSA Launch Invitation

ASSA has been established as an independent non-regulatory external assessments evaluation body working collaboratively with the assessment industry and the professional organisations in South Africa to assist in implementing a robust, best practice and technology enabled process that can be used to review people assessment instruments and tests.  Based on the experience in other countries the voluntary submission of assessment instruments for objective evaluation and reviews will raise the general standard and awareness of using quality tests.

PsySSA Workshop Series 2022: Workshop 3: The Complexities of Trauma: Conceptual Considerations and Treatment Realities for Practitioners in South Africa

PsySSA Workshop Series 2022

The Complexities of Trauma: Conceptual Considerations and Treatment Realities for Practitioners in South Africa

Out Now! SAJP Volume 52 Issue 2: June 2022

Out Now! SAJP Volume 52 Issue 2: June 2022

The South African Journal of Psychology is pleased to advise that Dr Yogan Pillay, has written the featured commentary for this issue, namely:
“The role of non-governmental organisations in strengthening the South African health system”

PsySSA 2022 Webinar Series – Webinar 2: Necrocapitalism and Psychic Violence – Recording Out Now!

PsySSA 2022 Webinar Series – Webinar 2: Necrocapitalism and Psychic Violence – Recording Out Now!

Board Exam Preparation Workshop 2022

Recognising the importance of being adequately prepared for the board exam of the registration categories as the final phase of training. Three divisions at the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), the Division of Registered Counsellors and Psychometrists (RCP), Society for Educational Psychology South Africa (SEPSA), and South African Association of Counselling Psychologists (SAACP) are presenting a workshop on board exam preparation. The workshop will cover generally the Mental Health Care Act, the National Health Act more generally as it pertains to the three registration categories. The workshop will then cover category related issues that may appear in the board exam, including ethics, referrals, and cases.

Call for Applications: CaSP 2022 Seed Grant Competition

After two years of successfully running the Seed Grant Competition, the CaSP Division invites its members to apply for the competition which seeks to fund ONE innovative, practical, and sustainable community engagement project.

370 YEARS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE – QUO VADIS SOUTH AFRICA?

In celebrating Human Rights Day, 21st March 2022, we have much cause to reflect, but even greater cause to act to halt cultures perpetuating human rights abuse. A direct corelation exists today between behaviours of the political and corporate elite, and the state of the poor whose basic human rights are being violated on a grand scale.

In Memoriam: Dr Helen Dunbar-Krige – Wall of Remembrance

It is with deep sadness that the PsySSA Family informs you of the passing of its Past President, Dr Helen Dunbar-Krige (2018 – 2019).

Second Pan-African Psychology Congress 28-30 March 2022

The Pan-African Psychology Union will be hosting its first fully online congress from 28-30 March 2022. Abstract & Delegate Registrations are now open!

Call for Applications: CaSP 2022 Seed Grant Competition

After two years of successfully running the Seed Grant Competition, the CaSP Division invites its members to apply for the competition which seeks to fund ONE innovative, practical, and sustainable community engagement project.

Assessment Standards South Africa Launch

PsySSA extends it congratulations to Assessment Standards South Africa!

PsySSA Congratulates Prof Saths Cooper on being Awarded an International Science Council Foundation Fellowship

PsySSA would like to congratulate Prof Saths Cooper on being awarded the International Science Council (ISC) Fellowship! On 9 June 2022, The ISC announced the creation of a Foundation Fellowship and appointed 66 Foundation Fellows. The Fellowship is the highest honour...

Groups Call for American Psychological Association to Apologize and Provide Support to Victims of War-on-Terror Prisoner Abuses

On 25th Anniversary of UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims, Psychology and Human Rights Organizations Demand Action from APA

The World Health Organisation Highlights an Urgent Need to Transform Mental Health and Mental Health Care

The World Health Organisation Highlights an Urgent Need to Transform Mental Health and Mental Health Care

HPSIG Podcast: Chronic pain – at the intersection between mind and body

In this episode we speak to Dr Kerry-Ann Louw, senior lecturer at Stellenbosch university and head of the adult psychiatry clinical unit at Tygerberg hospital, about chronic pain and our misguided separation of the “psychological” from the “physical”. Dr Louw discusses the misconceptions surrounding chronic pain, the complexities in diagnosing and treating it, and the ways in which this is evolving during COVID-19 and beyond. She goes on to describe the powerful role of psychological factors in determining and managing chronic pain, and the profound effect such pain may have on the wellbeing of those who experience it.

PsySSA Workshop Series 2022: Workshop 4: The serious issue of assessing children’s criminal capacity

PsySSA Workshop Series 2022

The Complexities of Trauma: Conceptual Considerations and Treatment Realities for Practitioners in South Africa

2022 Workshop Series

PsySSA’s online workshop series. 

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2022 Workshop Series

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2022 Webinar Series

PsySSA’s online webinar series. 

2022 Webinar Series

PsySSA is pleased to announce that it will again host an exciting webinar series in 2022

Facing the Future with Psychology: Perspectives, Praxes and People 

Online presence

PsySSA provides a range of online CEU opportunies and our presence on the world wide web have grown substantially over the last couple of years. Our Webinar series, Workshop Series, and PsyCast are our flagship online media outputs and available to both PsySSA members but also interested individuals. 

Membership and PsySSA Structures

PsySSA is governed by a Council and Executive Committee that are democratically elected. The Society is comprised of Divisions, Interest Groups, Branches, Standing Committees and Affiliates

Membership

The Society is delighted to declare that, in lieu of on the current economic climate and as a token of appreciation to our members for their continued support, PsySSA members will receive the 2022 PsySSA Membership Package at 2019’s rates! This means that there has not been an increase in our membership fees for over three years!

PsySSA Structures

Council

The PsySSA council is the highest decision-making body of the Society in between Annual General Meetings of its Membership, traditionally held every year at congress. 

Presidency

The Presidency, which includes the President, President-Elect and Past President, meets on a monthly basis in preparation for the Executive Committee meetings and to consult with the Executive Director regarding the short- and long-term objectives of the Society. 

Executive Committee

The Presidency, which includes the President, President-Elect and Past President, meets on a monthly basis in preparation for the Executive Committee meetings and to consult with the Executive Director regarding the short- and long-term objectives of the Society.  

Standing Committees

PsySSA has 12 Standing Committees offering strategic planning, guidance, and a liaison role within the field of psychology. .  

Divisions

Links to our Divisional pages are provided below.  

Interest Groups

PsySSA also have 3 Interests Groups

Office

See our wonderful PsySSA team.

Membership Benefits

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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

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