Divisions

Sexuality and Gender Division (SGD)

Objectives

The aims of the Division of Sexuality and Gender of PsySSA:

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 membership

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.

Fees

Social media 

Exco members

Chris McLachlan is a clinical psychologist working at Thuthuzela Care Centre (Rape crises centre) in KwaZulu-Natal and has a special interest in the fields of Sexually and Gender Diversity and Gender Affirming Healthcare. Chris has completed a Masters degree in Theology, Clinical Psychology and Biblical Studies and is a PhD candidate at UNISA.

Chair

Sexuality and Gender, PsySSA

Chris McLachlan

Chris McLachlan

Chairperson

doinghopeweddings@gmail.com

Bio

Chris McLachlan is a clinical psychologist working at Thuthuzela Care Centre (Rape crises centre) in KwaZulu-Natal and has a special interest in the fields of Sexually and Gender Diversity and Gender Affirming Healthcare. Chris has completed a Masters degree in Theology, Clinical Psychology and Biblical Studies and is a PhD candidate at UNISA. Chris is the co-chair of the team that developed the first South African Gender Affirming Healthcare Guideline and is part of the core team that developed the Practice Guidelines for Psychology Professionals Working with Sexually and Gender-Diverse People. Chris is one of the South African representatives at iPsyNet.

Prof Juan Nel

Prof Juan Nel

Vice-Chair

juan4nel@gmail.com

Bio

Juan A. Nel (DLitt et Phil) is a registered clinical and research psychologist, a Research Professor of Psychology at the University of South Africa (Unisa) and a rated researcher with recognised expertise in LGBTI+ mental health and well-being, hate crimes and victim empowerment and support, more generally. Juan is a former President of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) (2014-2015), member of its Council, co-representative on the International Psychology Network for LGBTI Concerns (IPsyNET) and leader of a project aimed at positioning PsySSA as regional hub towards promotion of the well-being and human rights of LGBTI+ persons in Africa.

Pierre Brouard

Pierre Brouard

Secretary

pierre.brouard@up.ac.za

Bio

Pierre Brouard is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender (CSA&G) at the University of Pretoria and a registered Clinical Psychologist. He has worked in HIV since the mid 1980’s and at the Centre since 2001. Pierre is the secretary of the Sexuality and Gender Division of the Psychological Society of South Africa, has co-authored a protocol for the University of Pretoria on trans inclusivity, is a member of the Southern African Sexual Health Association, helped to develop and run workshops on sexual harassment for the University of Pretoria, and is part of a team of psychologists who ran a 5-year transformation, diversity, and inclusion project at a Johannesburg High School.

Suntosh Pillay

Suntosh Pillay

Treasurer

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.

Dr Angeline Stephens

Dr Angeline Stephens

Additional Member

Stephensa@ukzn.ac.za

Bio

Angeline Stephens is the current Senior Manager of the Support Services division in the College of Humanities, UKZN, which offers a range of psychological and psychosocial support to registered students in the college. As a mental health practitioner, she works within a framework that recognises the interconnectedness between person and context. She is particularly interested in the intersections of gender, race, and sexual identities and how these intersections play out in experiences of citizenship. She has a PhD in Psychology from UCT.

Nkanyiso Madlala

Nkanyiso Madlala

Additional Member

Bio

Nkanyiso Madlala, B. Soc Sci (Summa cum laude) UKZN, Hons (Cum laude), M. Soc Sci (Clinical Psychology), PhD candidate (UNISA). Currently employed as a clinical psychologist at the Department of Correctional Services. LGBTQI+ affirmative therapist and activist. 

Dr Jarred H Martin

Dr Jarred H Martin

Additional Member

Bio

Dr Jarred H Martin is an early-career researcher and academic based in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pretoria (UP). At UP he teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, chairs the postgraduate degree programme in Clinical Psychology, and supervises postgraduate research in critical studies of gender/s and sex/uality/ies. His research and writing concentrates on critical studies of bodies, gender/s, and sex/uality/ies.

News and Updates from the Division

Constitution of the the Sexuality and Gender Division of PsySSA

SGD is a division of PsySSA and has been established in terms of Article 12 of the PsySSA constitution.

Constitution of the the Sexuality and Gender Division of PsySSA

Sexuality and Gender Division Brochure

• Do you want to know about cutting-edge research
on sexuality and gender?
• Are you committed to making psychology
diversity-affirming?
• Do you have an interest in collaborations to advance
theory and praxis on LGBTIQ+ issues?
• Are you concerned about sexual and gender rights?
• Or, are you just curious?

Sexuality and Gender Division Brochure
Practice Guidelines For Psychology Professionals Working With Sexually And Gender-Diverse People

These practice guidelines aim to increase psychological knowledge of human diversity in sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics.

Practice Guidelines For Psychology Professionals Working With Sexually And Gender-Diverse People

SGD – LGBTI+ Workshop Flyer

South Africa is a country with a very specific history, much diversity, and significant issues around gender, race, culture, sexual orientation, and health status – including gender-based violence, hate crime and hate speech, and stigmatisation and prejudice around HIV status. It therefore goes without saying that competencies in working with diversity, which include multicultural or cultural competence, are all important.

SGD - LGBTI+ Workshop Flyer

Posts

Sexual preference physically determined, study suggests
The Mercury
Origin of sexual identity under spotlight
The Star
SA Minister of Justice calls on Africa to respect LGBTI people posted by Mamba Writer | March 3, 2016
The verdict is in: homosexuality is not a choice
ASSAF - Diversity in Human Sexuality - Implications for Policy in Africa
IPsyNet - Achievement Highlights from 2015 & Objectives for 2016

Statements

The Psychological Society of South Africa issues Statement calling for Uganda to abandon “ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL 2009”
The Psychological Society of South Africa issues Statement calling for Uganda to abandon “ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL 2009” - Bibliography
An Open Statement from the Psychological Society of South Africa Concerning Vote of the South African Representatives at the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on 16 November 2010
Sexual and Gender Diversity Position Statement
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