Divisions

Society for Educational Psychology of South Africa (SEPSA)

Objectives

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 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.

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Exco members

Dr Kemoneilwe Momi Metsing is a registered Psychologist, and a clinical supervisor for Master’s in Educational psychology students. Currently serving in the Executive District Management Team, appointed as the Chief Education Specialist. Her interest lies in strategic constructivist therapeutic interventions and the utilization of impact therapy.
Chair

Society for Educational Psychology of South Africa, PsySSA

Dr Kemoneilwe Momi Metsing

Dr Kemoneilwe Momi Metsing

Chairperson

momzeneiro@gmail.com
Bio
Dr Kemoneilwe Momi Metsing is a registered Psychologist, and a clinical supervisor for Master’s in Educational psychology students. Currently serving in the Executive District Management Team, appointed as the Chief Education Specialist. Her interest lies in strategic constructivist therapeutic interventions and the utilization of impact therapy.
Dr Narainsami (Anand) Chetty

Dr Narainsami (Anand) Chetty

Vice-Chair

anandchetty@telkomsa.net
Bio
Married to lovely wife, Roshini. Blessed with three children. Grandparents four times over. US-SAEP scholarship. MA-UCSB-USA; HHH Fulbright Fellowship. BU-USA; MEd-UDW-RSA;PhD-UniZul-RSA. Current Interest: Children with Head Injury; Divorce-  Care and Contact; School children educational deficits.
Dr Diana Soares De Sousa

Dr Diana Soares De Sousa

Secretary/Treasurer

diana@sacap.edu.za
Bio
Dr Diana Soares De Sousa is a HPCSA registered Educational and Research Psychologist and, HPCSA registered Counsellor. She is also the Institutional Head of Academic Standards and Quality Assurance and, Senior Lecturer at the South African College of Applied Psychology. Her areas of special interest are in neuropsychological and psychological assessment of both children, adolescents and young adults for diagnostic purposes and/or to determine areas of strengths and weaknesses. She also works therapeutically with both adults and children to enhance both their learning and their ability to successfully navigate the world.
Dr Petro Erasmus

Dr Petro Erasmus

Additional Member

petro.erasmus@nwu.ac.za
Bio
Dr Petro Erasmus is a registered Educational Psychologist and a senior lecturer in the Psychology Department (Faculty Of Health Sciences) of the North West University. She also runs a private practice – Child and Family Guidance and Development Centre in Mafikeng. Her research interest is neurodevelopmental disorders and the role of play in brain development.
Dr Guru Kistnasamy

Dr Guru Kistnasamy

Additional Member

Bio

Dr. Guru Kistnasamy is a Psychologist in private practice at Chatsmed Hospital. Dr. Kistnasamy is a community activist who is also mentioned in SA History online. He is currently a member of the Central Drug Authority, an advisory body to parliament on substance abuse. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals, and a member of SAAMS. He writes a weekly column for a local community newspaper. He is a former recipient of the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Award. A former school principal, he is concerned about the educational well-being of our children especially those who are economically and socially deprived.

Dr. Catherine Dikeledi Sekhukhune

Dr. Catherine Dikeledi Sekhukhune

Additional Member

dikeledi123@webmail.co.za
Bio
Dr. Catherine Dikeledi Sekhukhune is an Educational Psychologist, registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She is currently employed by the Gauteng Department of Education. She was a lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology, at the University of Johannesburg. Areas of interest include childhood development, neuropsychology, and psychometrics.
Ms Andrea Jacobs

Ms Andrea Jacobs

Additional Member

andzigirl@gmail.com
Bio
Andrea Jacobs is a registered Educational Psychologist in Private Practice as well as a Lecturer and Research Supervisor at The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP). Andrea holds a M.Ed Educational Psychology, MA Research Psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.  Andrea has previously stood on the Executive Committee for the Student Division, and as treasurer for the Society of Educational Psychologists of South Africa.
Ms Rivendri Govender

Ms Rivendri Govender

Student Representative

rivendri@gmail.com

Bio

Rivendri Govender completed her Masters in Educational Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is currently an intern at Bridge House School. Rivendri previously served as the Secretary of the PsySSA Student Division’s Executive Committee from 2019 – 2021. She has worked as a Behavioural therapist at The Star Academy and currently works as a Research Assistant at SADAG KZN. Over the course of her studies she has also had the opportunity to work with people from various backgrounds and this has fuelled her passion to work towards advocating for the well-being of people with mental disabilities, especially children. Rivendri aims to encouraged students to actively engage with the field of Educational Psychology. Rivendri is an avid volunteer and believes that psychology in South Africa can be used to transform the mindsets of the youth of our country.  Rivendri is passionate about working with the community and therefore hopes that one day she too can also be a part of moving psychology from the couch to the community. Rivendri is the Student Divisional Representative for the Society for Educational Psychology of South Africa (SEPSA).

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