Society for Educational Psychology of South Africa (SEPSA)

Objectives of the Division:

The SEPSA Division of PsySSA aims:

  • To co-ordinate professional and research activities in the field of Educational Psychology.
  • To promote the theory, practice and research of Educational Psychology.
  • To promote liaison between educational psychologists and other personnel such as guidance counselors/teachers, working directly in the field of educational psychology/education support services.
  • To promote the relationship between educational psychologists as well as with other registered psychologists, other professions, public and private institutions and the public at large, and in particular to play a role in influencing policy relevant to the practice of educational psychology in education in South Africa.
  • To combat abuses in the field of Educational Psychology.
  • To promote the general interests of its members.
  • To collect and disseminate information pertaining to Educational Psychology.
  • To reconcile historically oppressed groups.
  • To serve the needs and interests of all South African people.

Description of what Educational Psychology is and how they are assisting the community:

Educational psychology focuses on learning and development across the life span and in multiple contexts. Like other psychologists, educational psychologists are trained to promote healthy functioning and to evaluate, diagnose, and treat pathologies of behaviour, mental processes, emotions and personality.  Educational psychologists often work with clients with primary or co-morbid presentations that include disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood or adolescence; cognitive disorders; mental disorders due to medical conditions; substance-related disorders; mood disorders; anxiety disorders; sexual and gender identity disorders; eating disorders; sleep disorders; adjustment disorders; and personality disorders. They may also deal with somatoform disorders, fictitious disorders and impulse control disorders. Less often, some educational psychologists work with clients who experience schizophrenia; other psychotic disorders; and delirium, dementia and amnestic disorder.

Different educational psychologists (as is the case with all categories of psychologists) will have developed different areas of interest in their practices. Some areas of activity for educational psychologists, within their specialised focus on learning and development, may include the following:

  • Promoting psychological well-being
  • Treating psychopathology
  • Promoting learning
  • Facilitating development across the life span
  • Psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group work
  • Community interventions
  • Parental guidance
  • Couples counselling
  • Marital therapy
  • Play-therapy
  • Parent infant psychotherapy
  • Case management
  • Psycho-educational assessments
  • Psycho-legal assessments
  • Vocational assessments
  • Examination concession assessments

Assessing, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of psychological issues, such as:

  • Problems first diagnosed in infancy, childhood or adolescence (for example, learning difficulties, bed wetting, behavioural problems and anxiety)
  • Problems due to medical conditions
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders; such as separation anxiety, post-traumatic stress and generalised anxiety – Problems of adjustment
  • Sexual problems
  • Gender identity
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Reconstructed families
  • Divorce
  • Sexual abuse
  • Cognitive handicap
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Problems with reading, writing, spelling, maths and comprehension
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Developmental delay
  • Study skills
  • Attachment and bonding
  • Family conflict
  • Step-parenting
  • Sexual abuse
  • Post-natal depression

Incentives for Divisional membership

What do members receive by becoming members?

In addition to the PsySSA membership benefits, the benefits below are included:

  • Free access to PsyTalk, the Society’s Newsletter
  • Free access to the South African Journal of Psychology, the major scientific psychology journal in Africa
  • Free online access to a number of Psychology journals published by SAGE
  • Reduced fees for workshops and PsySSA activities, all of which are CPD-accredited
  • Reduced fees for the Annual National Psychology Congress, the flagship for psychology as a science and profession in South Africa, now in its 25th year
  • Free Ethics Committee advice and resolution of issues
  • Free PsySSA domain e-mail addresses and electronic alerts of issues affecting psychology
  • The most cost-effective Professional Indemnity Insurance available in the market, designed exclusively for psychology professionals
  • Free listing and regular referrals through the PsySSA Directory of Psychology Professionals in Private Practice and through the PsySSA office
  • Networking activities throughout the country and abroad
  • Negotiating for better work conditions and fees for psychology professionals
  • APA member rates for APA convention registration, APA convention regsitration, APA databases, and APA books and journals

This is a Division of PsySSA advocating and focusing on the interest of Educational Psychologists in PsySSA.

Details of costs:

Full Member Associate Affiliate Students
R100.00 R100.00 R100.00 R20.00

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Profile of Executive Committee:

Chair: Dr Lynn Holmes

Vice-chair: Dr Diana de Sousa

Secretary: Mrs Lize Bouwer

Treasurer: Ms Andrea Jacobs

Additional member: Dr Narainsami (Anand) Chetty

Additional member: Dr Petro Erasmus

Additional member: Ms Musa Nghonyama

Division Contact details:

Chair: Dr Lynn Holmes lynn@holme.co.za

Vice-Chair: Dr Diana de Sousa diana@sacap.edu.za

Secretary: Mrs Lize Bouwer lizebouwer@yahoo.com

Treasurer: Ms Andrea Jacobs andzigirl@gmail.com

Additional member: Dr Narainsami (Anand) Chetty anandchetty@telkomsa.net

Additional member: Dr Petro Erasmus petro.erasmus@nwu.ac.za

Additional member: Ms Musa Nghonyama musa.nghonyama@yahoo.com

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