Divisions

Division of Registered Counsellors and Psychometrists (RCP)

Objectives

The aims of the Division of Registered Counsellors and Psychometrists of PsySSA:

In addition to the objectives of PsySSA and the functions of divisions as expressed in Articles 2 (Principles) and 12.4 (Foundation and Dissolution) of the PsySSA Constitution, the mission of the RCP Division Constitution is to promote an understanding of the two (2) fields of Registered Counsellors (hereinafter referred to as RCs) and Psychometrists (hereinafter referred to as PMTs) as two distinct and separate psychology disciplines.

The RCP Division is a unique dual-structure division, in that RCs and PMTs form the basis of this RCP Division. The two (2) psychology professions are mutually exclusive, yet collaborate for ethical and professional best practice at the PsySSA RCP Division Executive level.

As such, the RCP Division Constitution addresses this dual mission through the advancement of scientific research, best practice in the professions of Counselling and Psychometry, facilitating community services and psycho-educational programmes, providing validated and relevant screening and psychometric assessments, while ensuring individual and group well-being.

While the importance of the psychological needs of individual counselling and psychometric assessment is not discounted per se, the emphasis in the RCP Division’s Constitution mission philosophy is to provide best counselling and psychometric practice to groups in various settings and community-based organisations.

Such RC and PMT include assessment and counselling services which encompass broad spectra of needs:

  • Counselling for individuals and groups in various settings
  • Educational and LSEN assessments and counselling interventions
  • Trauma interventions with individual or groups
  • Psycho-educational community programmes
  • Industry and world of work screening and assessments
  • Career and Interest screening and assessments
  • Aptitude, Basic Traits, Personality, Succession/Leadership, Career &Interest screening and assessments
  • Mental Health disorders identification, screening and assessments
  • Psycho-educational programmes at schools, industry, world of work
  • Psycho-educational interventions for marginalised and vulnerable groups:  LGBTI, the Aged, Disabled individuals, Religious minorities, GBV victims, Hate Crime victims and so on
  • Collaborative psycho-educational intervention programmes with non-government organisations (NGOs) with regard to marginalized youth, gangs, crime, human trafficking, prostitution, substance abuse dependency and so on.

The goals derived from this RCP Constitution mission and philosophy are to be achieved in full cooperation and collaboration with PsySSA, other professional organisations, NGOs, and the general public.

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James is an HPCSA- Registered Counsellor in Private Practice (Psycho-Spiritual Interventions), a Catholic Priest and in Leadership of Mill Hill Missionaries in South Africa, Former Vicar General of Rustenburg Diocese. Lecturer at Karatina University in Kenya (BA Phil; BA Hon (Psych); MA (Psych); Ph.D. (Psych). Interest in African Worldviews impact on Psychopathology & Psychological Counselling.

Chair

Division of Registered Counsellors and Psychometrists , PsySSA

Rev Fr Dr James Juma

Rev Fr Dr James Juma

Chairperson

Bio

James is an HPCSA- Registered Counsellor in Private Practice (Psycho-Spiritual Interventions), a Catholic Priest and in Leadership of Mill Hill Missionaries in South Africa, Former Vicar General of Rustenburg Diocese. Lecturer at Karatina University in Kenya (BA Phil; BA Hon (Psych); MA (Psych); Ph.D. (Psych). Interest in African Worldviews impact on Psychopathology & Psychological Counselling.

Ms Genevieve Burrow

Ms Genevieve Burrow

Vice-Chair

geneburrow@gmail.com

Bio

Genevieve Burrow is a Student Registered Counsellor completing her practicum at The Trauma Centre in Cape Town. Genevieve is the former vice-chairperson of the PsySSA Student Division, having completed two tenures on the SD Executive Committee. Genevieve has an undergraduate degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA) cum laude with a double major in Psychology and Criminology. She is particularly interested in trauma, addiction recovery for affected families, and uplifting communities in under-resourced areas.

Ms Rekha Kangokar Rama Rao

Ms Rekha Kangokar Rama Rao

Secretary/Treasurer

rekha.kangokar@gmail.com

Bio

Rekha is a registered student psychologist and is currently completing her M.A. Community-Based Counselling psychology at the University of Witswatersrand. She is actively involved in the community, applying the skills and knowledge acquired through academics and experience in life. 

Ms Pakeezah Rajab

Ms Pakeezah Rajab

Additional Member

Bio

Pakeezah Rajab is a HPCSA-registered Research Psychologist and Psychometrist, employed as a Product Specialist at JVR Psychometrics and a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria. She has worked on numerous projects that has applied, developed, validated and/or standardised psychometric assessments for use by the South African population – including aptitude, personality, values, career guidance and emotional intelligence, in both educational and corporate environments. Her research interests include cognitive functioning, student performance and assessment development.

Ms Denisha September

Ms Denisha September

Additional Member

meaganza17@gmail.com

Bio

Denisha September is a Registered Counsellor (HPCSA) working at an EAP service provider working with large retailers and corporate clients. Denisha is currently a student research psychologist, as well as a mental health content creator. She has counselling experience with both adults and children, dealing with a wide range of issues ranging from trauma, gender-based violence, separation anxiety, depression and suicide prevention to mention a few.

Ms Jessica Ellington

Ms Jessica Ellington

Additional Member

jessicamicheleellington@gmail.com

Bio

Jessica recently completed her HPCSA board exam in Registered Counselling and graduated from the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) cum laude. Jessica completed her undergraduate degree from Monash, South Africa, in 2018 with a double major in Psychology and Criminology. Jessica has experience providing counselling and psychometrics for university students. She is particularly interested in psychoeducation, psychosocial wellbeing, career counselling and psychometrics, specifically for teenagers and young adults. She hopes to complete her master’s in counselling psychology in the future after working in the field as a Registered Counsellor. Jessica is part of the PsySSA Student Division’s National Mentorship Programme as the National Secretary and is enthusiastic about contributing to the Division for Registered Counsellors and Psychometrists.

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