Trauma and Violence Division (TVD)


The aims of the Division of Trauma and Violence of PsySSA:

The mission of the Trauma and Violence Division is to promote the minimisation of violence in society and psychological harm due to exposure to potentially traumatic events. The TVD addresses this mission through the advancement and appropriate dissemination of scientific research that informs good preventative and ameliorative practice and the implementation of specific initiatives that address needs related to the prevention of violence or treatment of traumatic stress and related phenomena. The goals derived from this mission are to be achieved in cooperation with other PsySSA structures, professional organisations, the general public and governmental organisations.

INCENTIVES for Membership
What do members receive by becoming members?

The Trauma and Violence Division (TVD) aims to provide tailored offerings to members by connecting via interest polls each year. The data generated from our members’ responses informs our offerings – ensuring your voice is heard!

Offerings include:

  • Access to informative webinars covering topical areas, including complex trauma, community violence from a socio-political perspective, developmental trauma and more.
  • Workshops that advance knowledge in the treatment and management of trauma-related diagnoses, particularly within the South African context.
  • Opportunities to engage in a social responsibility project targeting vulnerable populations in an underprivileged community
  • Distribution of upcoming trauma-related seminars, conferences and workshops from external sources through member communication
  • The creation of a psychoeducational resource library available in various languages to assist the larger community
R50 per year

Full Member

R 40 per year


R 40 per year


R50 per year

Registered Counsellor & Psychometrist

R 40 per year

Psychology Intern

R 20 per year

Student Member

Leonie Vorster
Additional Member
Ashley van Heerden
Additional Member
Sanele Nkosi
Additional Member
Daniel den Hollander
Additional Member
Bianca Barnard
Secretary & Treasurer
Lethu Nhlumayo
Lynne Richards
Psychological First Aid
The Psychological First Aid Operations Guide was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and National Center for PTSD.
Important emergency numbers
SAPS Emergency Services: 10111

Crime Stop: 08600 10111

Domestic violence Helpline: 0800 150 150

Childline: 116

Lifeline: 0861322322

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG): 0112344837

Suicide Crisis Lifeline: 0800567567

Trauma Helpline: 0800205026

External Courses with a Trauma-focus
The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) offers an online CPD workshop covering Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine offers various courses by experts in the field, including Bessel van der Kolk, Dan Siegal, Stephen Porges, Pat Ogden and Ruth Lanius. Topics include

The British Psychological Society provides various offerings with a focus on trauma.

Their CPD offerings include:

Highlighted lectures and podcasts
Upcoming seminars and conferences
Research organisations
  • The Sexual Violence Research Initiative provides a forum for individuals with an interest in violence driven by gender inequality in low- and middle-income countries to connect and share upcoming research.
Free resources
  • The National Institute for Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine offers free access to ‘What resets our nervous system after trauma’ by Peter Levine, PhD. Get free access by creating a free account.Get access to free psychoeducational materials and more.
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