Trauma and Violence Division (TVD)
The aims of the Division of Trauma and Violence of PsySSA:
In addition to the objectives of PsySSA and the functions of divisions as expressed in Articles 2 and 13 respectively of the PsySSA constitution, the mission of the TVD 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 addresses particular 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, other professional organisations, the general public, and governmental organisation
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!
- 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
Registered Counsellor & Psychometrist
Daniel den Hollander
Ashley van Heerden
Important emergency numbers
SAPS Emergency Services: 10111
Crime Stop: 08600 10111
Domestic violence Helpline: 0800 150 150
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG): 0112344837
Suicide Crisis Lifeline: 0800567567
Trauma Helpline: 0800205026
Highlighted lectures and podcasts
- Protecting children in the time of COVID-19: working digitally with risk, uncertainty, and loss: https://youtu.be/LrIn3sSLF8A & https://youtu.be/VZe-obhMonY
- The Importance of understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and the lens of trauma: https://youtu.be/95Q-mtI79m0
- Child and Family Traumatic Stress Interventions: https://youtu.be/62FqvsVHKV4
Upcoming seminars and conferences
Psychological First Aid
The Psychological First Aid Operations Guide was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and National Center for PTSD.
Psychological First Aid
Webinar: Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital – In a state-of-the-art, state-of-mind: Friday, 24 March 13:00 – 15:00
Featuring, PsySSA's Trauma and Violence Division Vice-chairperson, Ms Sunitha Swanepoel
"As an organisation steeped in the sciences, PsySSA has raised its concerns over the impact of human behaviour on our environment, climate and weather patterns. As we witness the climate extremes in our country and globally, it is clear that this is a serious problem, and we add our voice to the call for greater international efforts to reduce the damage being inflicted on our planet.
We wish good health to all of our people, and especially those affected by the floods. We are holding those that have lost loved ones in our thoughts."