Workshop 4: Rescheduled to 28 May 2024

Workshop 4: Rescheduled to 28 May 2024

Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) in the treatment of OCD

About this workshop:

DATE RESCHEDULED TO 28 MAY 2024

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

The aim of this three-part workshop series is to introduce practitioners to ACT, an evidence-based treatment, which is firmly rooted in Relational Frame Theory (RFT).

Topics to be covered over the three-part series:

  • What exactly are ACT, ERP and RFT.
  • How to effectively diagnose OCD keeping comorbidity in mind.
  • The essentials and treatment goals of ACT for OCD.
  • Making decisions on whether to involve the client’s social support network in the treatment process.
  • Lessons learned in constructing exposure exercises, both in and out of the session.
  • Lessons learned in treating children with OCD.
  • Lessons learned in dealing with experiential avoidance and defense mechanisms.

To bring the work alive, I will make use of illustrative case studies (the successes and the not so successful experiences), experiential exercises, metaphors, and offer workshop attendees opportunities to practice some of the tools used in the treatment of OCD.

There are few practitioners who treat OCD, particularly child clients, and few who use evidence-based methods. We are in desperate need to get more practitioners on board in the effective treatment of OCD.

To convey how ACT can be used as an effective treatment for OCD in clinical practice integrating Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) by means of focusing on a little bit of theory, doing experiential exercises, learning about the importance of metaphors and how to use them, tracking patient progress,  lessons learned – the successful and not so successful! To bring the theory and the work alive I will make use of case studies, practical therapeutic  ‘tools’, and my clinical experience.

Meet our Presenter!

Bernice du Plessis: Working in the private sector as an evidence-based therapist for well over a decade, Bernice’s treatment approach is informed by both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-CBT.  Bernice had the privilege of completing her clinical training at SUN which offered an intensive CBT program. Owing to the dearth of continued training in this field Bernice joined and became a board member of the South African Chapter for the Association of Contextual and Behavioral Science (ACBS SA). The ACBS has been instrumental in providing practitioners with the opportunity to be taught ACT by top accredited international trainers including Dr. Robyn Walser, Prof. Tamar Pincus, Prof. Melanie Noel and Dr. Russel Harris to name a few!

Bernice has had the opportunity to present at various local and international conferences and workshops with the focus on using ACT in clinical practice. She has been published in the Journal of Peace and Conflict and the Journal of Child and Abuse and Neglect. Even though she holds a second masters in psychological research from UCT, she much prefers her clinical work.

Bernice’s expertise lies specifically in the treatment of OCD, anxiety related disorders, children who have experienced trauma, tic disorders, trichotillomania, Dermatillomania, ADHD, Autism and working with clients who live with chronic health conditions and persistent pain. She works with children and adults in both English and Afrikaans.

The values which inform her work are adventure, acceptance, authenticity, challenge, curiosity, collaboration, flexibility, humour, humility, independence, and innovation. Bernice is known for forward-thinking and her non-conformist approach to life and work, she is a creative, out-of-the-box thinker with an unconventional approach to both her work and life.

 

Workshop 2: GBV and Marginalised Groups: What are their lived experiences?

Workshop 2: GBV and Marginalised Groups: What are their lived experiences?

About this workshop:

As South Africa gears up for its seventh democratic general elections, we pause to reflect on changes on the ground. Several initiatives at national and provincial levels have been implemented, that seek to address the persistent reality of violence. Yet, violence continues to define the society that we create and live in.
This workshop focuses on the lived experiences of violence, specifically gender-based violence and sexual violence among gender and sexually non-conforming persons. We take a personal, intimate look at the experiences of violence among marginalised persons. We reflect critically at the dynamics at play and ask what has changed and what needs to change. What role can/should psychologists play as practitioners and activists in contributing towards a violent-free society?

What to expect:

  • A survivors account of GBV by Sibongile Mdibi
  • Understand the intersection of (S)GBV, gender and sexualities with a focus on masculinities by Prof Thabo Msibi
  • Gain insights into policy implementation and GBV programmes with Thenjiwe Mswsane
  • Shared experience by Dr Angeline Stephens on working with SGBV survivors
  • Participate in an interactive session where your thoughts and experiences contribute to the discussion.

 

Meet our Presenters!

Angeline Stephens, PhD (she/her) is a psychologist working in student mental health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is also an executive member of the Sexuality and Gender division of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA). Her work is informed by feminist, critical and decolonial approaches to psychological praxis that recognise the interconnectedness between persons and contexts. She is particularly interested in the intersections of gender, sexuality, violence, citizenship, and work with marginalised people. Her current work focuses on trauma and healing from sexual and gender-based violence.

Thabo Msibi is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning and a professor of Curriculum Studies in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.   He completed his Master of Education degree at Teachers College: Columbia University and obtained his PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge. He has published research in South African and international journals and books and is author of the book Hidden sexualities of South African Teachers: Black male educators and same-sex desire.  He has also co-edited a book entitled Gender, Sexuality and Violence in South African Educational Spaces, with Deevia Bhana and Shakila Singh.  He also is an associate editor in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality in Education.  Prof Msibi is a recipient of a Distinguished Teacher’s Award from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is an NRF P-rated scholar.  He is also the recipient of the Early Careers Distinguished Alumni Award, awarded by Teachers College: Columbia University and the Chen Yidan Visiting Global Fellow, awarded by Harvard University.  Prof Msibi also received the inaugural Human Sciences Research Council Young Scholars Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities in 2019.  In 2022, Prof Msibi was appointed by the Basic Education Minister to serve on the sixth Umalusi Council.  At the University of KwaZulu-Natal, he also leads the University Staff Doctoral Programme offered via the United States-South Africa Higher Education Network.

Sibongile Mdibi, known as Sbo MaDlamiini, is a mother of three girls and three grandchildren. She is a survivor of GBV. She is the author of the book ‘No one marries to divorce’ and was one of 16 women who contributed to a book of poems, This is how we mend our bones,  which was facilitated by Masoodah Mohamed. Despite the hardships that she has endured, Sbo manage to study and obtained a BA degree in Health Science and Social Services, specialising counselling. Sbo is very passionate about working with families who experience GBV, especially those living in deep rural areas. She offers counselling support and seeks to empower and encourage families to speak out against GBV.

Thenjiwe Mswane is SGBV Strategic Coordinator at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Before taking up this role, Thenjiwe worked as the Education Campaigns Officer at Wits University’s Gender Equity Office (GEO). Thenjiwe has also worked for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), Livity Africa, Kwa-Zulu Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (K-RITH), and the Centre for Aids Research In South Africa (CAPRISA). Thenjiwe is the author of the Sunday Times Literary Awards shortlisted novel All Gomorrahs Are the Same (Blackbird Books, 2021) and has written for numerous publications including HOLAafrica! the GALA Queer Archives Queer Realness.

 

Decolonial Healing: From Palestine to South Africa

Decolonial Healing: From Palestine to South Africa

The Institute for Social and Health Sciences in collaboration with the Decolonising Psychology Division of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), cordially invites you to a special pre-conference workshop of the 30th Anniversary of PsySSA.

Topic: Decolonial Healing: Palestine to South Africa

Presenter: Prof Devin G. Atallah

Date: Thursday, 16 May at 18h00 – 20h00

Registration should be completed via Zoom on a first-come, first-served basis, and the first 50 registrants will receive the Zoom link via email.

See the link below to register now!

Meet our Presenter!

Devin George Atallah is a Palestinian from the shataat/diaspora currently living and working in Boston on the lands of the Wampanoag, Massachusett, Nipmuc, and other Indigenous peoples of the Northeast of Turtle Island (in the nation-state of USA) with his beloved children and community.  Atallah’s Indigenous roots return to the mountains, trees, and kinships of the village of Beit-Jala in occupied Palestine. Atallah is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a researcher, scholar, activist, and healer dedicated to transnational decolonial movements, and Palestinian liberation. Atallah’s work focuses on decolonial psychology, and builds off his extensive community and clinical psychology experience. He strives towards contributing to understandings of decolonial resistance in Palestine while drawing linkages to movements and critical knowledges of Black and Indigenous communities transnationally, studying intergenerational trauma, grief, and revolutionary healing in the face of settler colonial violence and genocide. Atallah is author of the recent publications, “CURCUM’s Trees: A Decolonial Healing Guide for Palestinian Community Health Workers” available online with MayFly Books, which Atallah co-authored with colleagues in Palestine and the shataat; and “A World Without Palestinians” which he co-authored and is published in Mass Review; and “Beyond Grief: Decolonial Love for Palestinian Life” published in the Journal of Palestine Studies.

PsySSA CPD Workshop Series 2024: Workshop 1: Using DBT in Individual Therapy with Emotionally Dysregulated Clients

PsySSA CPD Workshop Series 2024: Workshop 1: Using DBT in Individual Therapy with Emotionally Dysregulated Clients

Workshop 1: Using DBT in Individual Therapy with Emotionally Dysregulated Clients

About this workshop:

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed as a multi-modal intervention for chronically suicidal, self-harming and dysregulated clients. Most therapists don’t have access to a team, so individual therapy is their primary mode of treatment. In this 2-session series, we will focus on using DBT in Individual Therapy by providing a framework for formulating and treating clients who have difficulty regulating emotions. Session 2 will build on the foundations of session 1 and explore some intervention strategies. The aim of these sessions are to provide participants with tools they would be able to apply their practice, regardless of the context.

Meet our Presenters

Werner Teichert is a clinical psychologist based in Sydney, Australia. He is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Fellow of The College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLIN). Werner was trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) by Behavioral Tech, in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) by The Beck Institute. As the managing director of The South African DBT Institute and Australian DBT Central, Werner has dedicated the last decade to treating clients with Borderline Personality Disorder and training and supervising practitioners to use DBT effectively.

 

 

Introducing PsyCPD!

Introducing PsyCPD!

PsySSA is excited to announce the launch of our new in-house CPD platform, PsyCPD, exclusively available through your membership profile. PsyCPD is your gateway to continuing professional development, featuring a CPD Accredited Articles Library. Here, you’ll find a selection of articles each paired with a quiz, providing an opportunity to earn free CPD points. Seize this opportunity to advance your knowledge and expertise while earning CPD points with PsySSA.

 

PsySSA CPD Workshop Series 2024 – Registration Now Open!

PsySSA CPD Workshop Series 2024 – Registration Now Open!

In celebration of PsySSA’s 30th Anniversary, we are excited to announce the opening of registration for an unprecedented 16-part CPD Workshop Series. This series promises to enrich your professional knowledge by encompassing a wide spectrum of compelling topics and expert speakers from various fields of psychology.

PsySSA members can attend these workshops at the minimal rate of R300.00 per workshop while non-members pay R600.00 per workshop. If you are not yet a member, join PsySSA today to enjoy our member discounts and more. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants will be eligible to earn CPD points for each workshop attended, fully compliant with HPCSA guidelines.

For detailed information regarding the workshop schedule and to secure your spot, click the link below.