Divisions

Community and Social Psychology

Objectives

The aims of the Division of Community and Social Psychology of PsySSA:

In addition to the objectives of PsySSA and the functions of divisions as expressed in Articles 2 and 12.4 respectively of the PsySSA constitution, the mission of the CaSP is to promote an understanding of the fields of community and social psychology.  The CaSP addresses this mission through the advancement of scientific research, community and social collaboration and professional education.  The goals derived from this mission are to be achieved in cooperation with PsySSA, other professional organizations, and the general public.

Incentives for membership

What do members receive by becoming members?
Publishing opportunities:

Shared information on special editions of journals and journals that focus on issues in community and social psychology

Networking opportunities:

Information about conferences and talks, interesting community psychology projects

Research opportunities

Invitations to collaborate on research projects are circulated within the email network and members are encouraged to collaborate with each other on joint projects

Opportunities to influence

Being part of committees that are discussing cutting edge issues in the fields

Social change

This division is directly concerned with advocacy for social change, transformation and decolonisation in society

Fees

Social media 

Exco members

Avivit Cherrington is an educational psychologist with expertise in community development and system-level programmes for mental health and well-being. She is currently senior lecturer and BEdHonours Programme Co-ordinator at School of Education, STADIO Institute of Higher Education.
Chair

Community and Social Psychology, PsySSA

Dr Avivit Cherrington

Dr Avivit Cherrington

Chairperson

AvivitC@Embury.ac.za
Bio
Avivit Cherrington is an educational psychologist with expertise in community development and system-level programmes for mental health and well-being. She is currently senior lecturer and BEdHonours Programme Co-ordinator at School of Education, STADIO Institute of Higher Education. She is also a Research Associate with Nelson Mandela University, supervising postgraduate students aligned to the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET). Her research has focused on understanding and fostering well-being and hope from an Afrocentric lens, as well as promoting critical thinking and engaged humanising pedagogy in teacher education programmes to foster future teachers who are agents of transformative social change. She currently chairs PsySSA’s Community and Social Psychology (CaSP) Division for a second term.
Ms Dené Du Rand

Ms Dené Du Rand

Vice-Chair

denedurand806@gmail.com
Bio
Dené Du Rand is a Clinical Psychologist and full-time lecturer in the Department of Psychology at UNISA, where she is also part of the clinical team who is responsible for the Masters in Clinical Psychology programme. In the Clinical programme, she teaches Community, critical and gender psychologies, African Epistemologies and Ecosystemic theory. Dené is also an executive member of PsySSA’s Community and Social Psychology Division. Her research interests include: Indigenous collective trauma, historical trauma, indigenous knowledge and healing systems, decolonial theories, community health and well-being.
Mr Suntosh Pillay

Mr Suntosh Pillay

Secretary

suntoshpillay@gmail.com
Bio
Suntosh R. Pillay is a clinical psychologist at King Dinuzulu Hospital Complex, in Durban; and is affiliated to the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is a core member of the PsySSA African LGBTI+ Human Rights Project. His work is centred around critical, community psychology, including setting up mental health support groups and advocacy structures. His publications are available on Google Scholar and ResearchGate
Prof Ronel Carolissen

Prof Ronel Carolissen

Treasurer

rlc2@sun.ac.za
Bio
Ronelle Carolissen is a clinical psychologist and professor of community psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology, as well as the vice-dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University. Her research expertise and publications interweave two interconnected strands. Her work explores feminist social justice approaches to teaching and learning. She is the past chair of PsySSA’s Community and Social Psychology (CaSP) Division.
Dr Nick Wood

Dr Nick Wood

Additional Member

nick45wood@gmail.com
Bio
Nick Wood qualified as a clinical psychologist during the State of Emergency in 1987 from the then named University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg). He has worked clinically in South Africa, Aotearoa New Zealand and the United Kingdom, where he was also a clinical psychology trainer and Research Director at the University of Hertfordshire. He has a PhD from University College (London) on the cognitive profiles of deaf children, one of the most common disabilities amongst children in South Africa. He has recently retired early due to ill health/disability and looks forward to providing further input into South African communities.
Ms Bronya Hirschman

Ms Bronya Hirschman

Additional Member

Bio
Bronya has a background working as a health writer, in television and business analysis. Her passion is community work. She has been involved in community safety campaigns, HIV awareness campaigns and recently launched Bullying South Africa. She has solid analytical and problem-solving abilities, easily disaggregates issues, identify root causes, and quickly recommends appropriate action. She is currently a third-year student in the Bachelor of Psychology program at SACAP.
Ms Noor Ahmad

Ms Noor Ahmad

Additional Member: Student Liaison

Bio
Noor Ahmad is currently finishing up her Masters in Psychology (Coursework and Research Report) at the University of the Witwatersrand. She graduated her Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Organisational Psychology) and Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Psychology) degrees Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude, respectively. She is an intersectional activist focusing on feminist, humanitarian, and social justice issues. She has always been involved in activism and advocacy spaces, starting off by advocating for mental health and working towards eradicating the stigma around it. This helped her see the value of taking action and using her voice to speak out against issues and injustices which prevail our society.

News and Updates from the Division

Private practice focussing on community-based research

Private practice in psychology is usually associated with a psychologist, mainly clinical or counselling, seeing clients somewhere in a serene setting. In recent times, the practice of psychology has evolved and changed, and the traditional role of the psychologist has expanded. Despite this, people still think of psychologists in stereotypical ways and few people consider how private practice may revolve around community-based research. Operating a private practice in this context is very similar to operating a private practice in the traditional sense, but with a few differences. These differences are briefly highlighted below.

Private Practice focussing on Community-Based Research
Itsoseng Clinic by Dr Linda M Eskell Blokland
Itsoseng Clinic Brief by Dr Linda M Eskell Blokland
Itsoseng Clinic by Dr Linda M Eskell Blokland

CaSP Flyer

Community psychology and social psychology both look at how larger social systems impact on people’s lives and both have qualitative interests that critique mainstream psychological approaches.

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