Divisions

Psychology in Public Service (PiPS)

Objectives

The aims of the Division of Psychology in Public Service (PiPS) 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 PiPS is to promote the work interests and conditions of psychology professionals in the public service sector. PiPS aims to address this mission in consultation and collaboration with PsySSA, other professional organizations, government departments and other public sector stakeholders.

Incentives for membership

What do members receive by becoming members?

Members have the opportunity to actively engage in realising the the mission of PiPS to promote the work interests and conditions of psychology professionals in the  public service sector.

Fees

Social media 

Exco members

Anne Kramers-Olen obtained her Masters degree in Social Science (Clinical Psychology) from the then named University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg campus). She completed her internship at the Midlands Hospital Complex in Pietermaritzburg during 1998 and is currently employed at Fort Napier Hospital.

Chair

Psychology in Public Service, PsySSA

Ms Anne Kramers-Olen

Ms Anne Kramers-Olen

Chairperson

Bio

Anne Kramers-Olen obtained her Masters degree in Social Science (Clinical Psychology) from the then named University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg campus). She completed her internship at the Midlands Hospital Complex in Pietermaritzburg during 1998 and is currently employed at Fort Napier Hospital. She has worked in the public and private sector, and has published papers in the area of ethics, forensics, intellectual disability and psychosocial rehabilitation. She is an associate editor of the South African Journal of Psychology and honorary lecturer at the Department of Behavioural Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr. Rinet van Lill

Dr. Rinet van Lill

Vice-Chair

rinetvanlill@gmail.com 

Bio

Dr. Rinet van Lill has been working as a clinical psychologist in the public health sector since 2012. She is currently the head of department at Bertha Gxowa hospital, where she often acts in the role of mental health advocate. Rinet holds a doctoral degree and her research interests include the psychology of work, young adulthood, and Acceptance and commitment therapy.

Ms Vanessa Stratford

Ms Vanessa Stratford

Secretary/Treasurer

stratford.nessa@gmail.com

Bio

Vanessa Stratford obtained her Masters degree in Research Psychology (Research Consultation) at the University of South Africa. She is an HPCSA registered research psychologist and currently works as a Research Methodology and Statistics lecturer at the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) Johannesburg campus. She is passionate about research and acts as a supervisor to postgraduate students. Her research interests are in education, social justice, and hate crime victimology. 

Ms Lameze Abrahams

Ms Lameze Abrahams

Additional Member

Bio

Lameze Abrahams holds the position of Principal Psychologist at Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital in the Department of Health.  She is jointly appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health and co-chair of the Division of Psychotherapy. Her academic and research interests include Mindfulness, Mentalization-based Therapy, Intellectual and Developmental Disability, and Public Mental Health.

Ms Kgomotso Quentinne Masokoane-Mammba

Ms Kgomotso Quentinne Masokoane-Mammba

Additional Member

Bio

Kgomotso Quentinne Masokoane-Mammba did her BPsych Degree in Psychology at the then UPE (University of Port Elizabeth) now NMMU (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University). She completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology at the same institution in 2009. Her research looked at reasons people on ARVs did not adhere to their treatment. She has worked in the Department of Correctional Services from 2008 to date. She was appointed the Principal Psychologist in March 2016. Her career in DCS has led to her PhD in Penology which she has completed through UNISA. She also has a private practice after hours where her focus is mostly on couples as well as employee wellness.

Prof Sharon Kleintjes

Prof Sharon Kleintjes

Additional Member

Bio

Sharon Kleintjes completed a MA Clinical Psychology (UCT, 1991); an MPhil in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (UCT, 2004), a Diploma in Strategic Health Management (Foundation for Professional Development, Pretoria, SA, 2004) and a PhD (UCT, 2012). Sharon worked in the Western Cape Province’s Department of Health as a clinical psychologist and programme manager for mental health (1990-2004), a research manager at the HSRC (2004-2006), and as a researcher (2006-2010) and postgraduate course convener (2011) in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health, UCT before her appointment as principal psychologist at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital, Cape Town (2012-18).  She was appointed as the Vera Grover Chair and Professor of Intellectual Disability in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at UCT in March 2018.  Her primary research interest is in public mental health policy and service development and service user involvement in their recovery.

Mr Jacques Pretorius

Mr Jacques Pretorius

Additional Member

Bio

Jacques Pretorius is a clinical psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He has worked in various private and public sectors of mental health, including both private and government psychiatric settings. Currently, Jacques is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Clinical Psychology at SMU where he is involved in training undergraduate and postgraduate students who are pursuing degrees in clinical psychology, psychiatry, and medicine. His clinical and research interests include postmodern epistemology, medical psychology, and the philosophy & ethics of mental health and psychopathology. He has authored scientific publications and has attended and spoken at local and international congresses. 

News and Updates from the Division

PiPS Constitution 

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 PiPS is to promote the work interests and conditions of psychology professionals in the public service sector.

PiPS Constitution
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