DivisionsSexuality and Gender Division (SGD)
Objectives of the Division:
The Sexuality and Gender of PsySSA aims to promote a psychological understanding of the fields of sexuality and gender diversity, including queer identities and positions. The SGD addresses this mission through the advancement of scientific research, clinical practice, continuing professional development and being responsive to related national, continental and international issues and concerns. The objectives derived from this mission are to be achieved in cooperation with PsySSA, other professional organisations, relevant civil society organisations and the general public.
History of the development of the SGD
The above objectives should be seen against the origins and development of the SGD. The division developed from a collaborative project between PsySSA and APA (the American Psychological Association). PsySSA is a member of the International Network for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns and Transgender Issues in Psychology (INET, now called IPsyNET), that is hosted by the APA.
IPsyNet is composed of national, multinational and international psychological associations. “The vision of IPsyNet is that psychological organisations are effective leaders in ensuring that all persons fully enjoy health and human rights, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or sex characteristics, by incorporating the goals of celebrating and valuing the full range of human diversity, including diversity in gender, sexual orientation, and sex, into their structure, programmes, and activities (IPsyNet, 2013).”
Accordingly, PsySSA and the SGD adhere to a psychology that is affirmative of sexual and gender diversity. This includes the recognition of various sexualities and gender identities as normal variations of human sexuality and not per se as the cause of psychological difficulties or pathology. Contextual awareness is emphasised, including an understanding of how aspects such as homo- and transphobia, heterosexism, prejudice and stigma impact on mental health and well-being.
Furthermore, the SGD therefore acknowledges the intersections between sexuality, gender and other forms of difference such as race and class. It aims to promote a critical psychology of sexuality and gender that goes beyond a focus on sex/gender differences to a consideration of how such differences are produced, reproduced and normalised through exclusionary and oppressive practices and mechanisms.
Incentives for Divisional membership and details of cost
What do members receive by becoming members?
What do members receive by becoming members? Secure database for referrals (e.g. private practice); communications regarding recent research as well as CPD and related workshops in the fields of sexualities and gender; access to contribute to training (in CPD and related workshops); responding to current issues e.g. through media statements, blog writing; access to current research and scholarship; and a sense of community and belonging.
Details of cost:
- Link to the Position statement http://https://www.psyssa.com/psyssa-position-statement-sexual-gender/
- Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender (CSA&G), University of Pretoria http://www.csa.za.org
- African Gender Institute http://www.agi.ac.za
- IPSyNET (APA) http://www.ipsynet.org/
- IPsyNet Statement and Commitment http://www.apa.org/ipsynet/advocacy/policy/statement-commitment.aspx
- Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/sgdpsyssa/
Division Contact details:
Chair: Prof Peace Kiguwa firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-Chair: Prof Juan Nel email@example.com
Secretary: Mr Pierre Brouard firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Mr Niel Victor email@example.com
Additional member: Prof Melanie Judge firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional member: Rev Chris McLachlan email@example.com
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