The Student Division of PsySSA aims to:
- Develop an organisational structure for psychology that reconciles historically opposed groups;
- To serve the needs and the interests of all South Africa’s people;
- To acknowledge and surpass psychology’s role in the apartheid system;
- Ensure that the division remains an organ of civil society without an overt or covert loyalty to any political party.
- Advance psychology as a science, profession and as a means of promoting human well being;
- Actively strive for social justice, opposing policies that deny individuals or groups access to the material and psychological conditions necessary for optimal human development and protesting against any violation of basic human rights;
- To establish and maintain the highest standard of ethics;
- Engage in policy development processes that are relevant to social enhancement and psychological practice in South Africa;
- Promote the rendering or and advancing mental health services to all in South Africa.
Vision and Mission of the PsySSA Student Division
The Student Division is centered on the core values of ethical development of psychology students and aims to create a space to gain insight into the discipline, academically and practically. By providing mentorship opportunities, we believe that knowledge can be organically transferred between students who would not have the access to the relevant resources and inspire collaboration among students, and professionals.
We recognise that transformation of the discipline is imperative to realise a truly inclusive approach to psychological services and research in South Africa.
By facilitating community engagement, we aim to inspire students to one day become professionals that give back to the community and be passionate about service to the poor and vulnerable.
We endeavour to always listen to our fellow students and acknowledge that the student journey is not always a clear path, thus we strive to be a comprehensive repository of psychology student guidance. By enabling knowledge dissemination, we also focus strongly on developing and connecting Psychology Societies, unified in the spirit of serving, to promote mental health services for all in South Africa. To get involved with us, please see the divisional contact details listed below.
Through our various subcommittees listed below, we aim to achieve the above-mentioned ideals:
- Community Development
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Media & Marketing
- National Mentorship Programme
- Public Relations
- Psychology Student Societies on Campus
- Research into Student Empowerment
- Student Representatives Council
Incentives for membership
- Access to the SAJP
- Affiliation with a student body that will represent and support you
- Support to psychology student structures at Universities
- Connection with Psychology professionals and the academic field
- Creating opportunities for students to gain necessary skills, through voluntary events.
- Addressing student needs through round table discussions, running programmes, while seeking to solve problems creatively.
- Membership to the division is free when you are a paid up PsySSA Student member.
Bridgette is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Counselling at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. She obtained her degree in Human Societal Dynamics from the University of the Free State and studied an Honours degree with UNISA. She is passionate about community work and currently holds a position as a Social Mobiliser for Soul City Institute for Social Justice in the Free State.
Ms Bridgette Karabo Mogoje
Bridgette Mogoje joined the Student Division in 2019, under the subcommittee of Societies, and continued her service under the position of Additional Executive Committee member. Bridgette has been appointed the Chairperson for the upcoming tenure. Bridgette is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Counselling at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. She obtained her degree in Human Societal Dynamics from the University of the Free State and studied an Honours degree with UNISA. She is passionate about community work and currently holds a position as a Social Mobiliser for Soul City Institute for Social Justice in the Free State.
Ms Maryam Gangat
Maryam Gangat initially joined the PsySSA Student Division as a mentee within the National Mentorship Programme where she was awarded the Personal Growth Award. Currently within the PsySSA Student Division, Maryam holds the position of Chairperson of the Research into Student Empowerment Subcommittee. Maryam is the appointed Vice-Chairperson for the PsySSA SD’s upcoming tenure. Maryam is a psychology honours graduate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a former student of the North West University where she completed her undergraduate degree, majoring in psychology and physiology. Maryam is an aspiring Clinical Psychologist, she currently works in the special needs education field.
Ms Britney Bengtson
Britney Bengtson joined the PsySSA Student Division in 2021, holding the position of Co-Secretariat. Britney is the appointed Secretary for PsySSA Student Division’s upcoming tenure. She is enthusiastic to contribute to PsySSA SD as she understands the importance of the work done by the SD for student enrichment in psychology. Britney completed her undergraduate degree majoring in psychology and communication science in 2020. She is currently completing her honours in psychology and thereafter will be working towards obtaining a Masters in counselling psychology. Britney has always had a passion for the youth of South Africa, by volunteering at different youth-centred organisations.
Ms Genevieve Burrow
Genevieve Burrow has been an Executive with the PsySSA Student Division since 2018. Initially, Genevieve was an Additional Executive Committee Member before serving a tenure as the Vice-chairperson. Genevieve has been appointed the Treasurer for the PsySSA SD’s upcoming tenure. She holds the position as Vice-Chairperson of PsySSA’s Division for Registered Counselling and Psychometry. Genevieve completed her undergraduate degree at UNISA, majoring in Psychology and Criminology, cum laude. She is currently a Student Registered Counsellor completing her BSocSci Honours degree at the South African College of Applied Psychology. Genevieve has an interest in: the relationship between criminality and trauma, addiction recovery for affected families, and uplifting communities in under-resourced areas.
Ms Masoodah Mohamed
Masoodah Mohamed has been appointed to the position of Additional Member within PsySSA Student Division for the upcoming tenure. She is a speech therapist and audiologist who graduated from the University of Witwatersrand. She is completing her honours in psychology in preparation for the Clinical Psychology programme. She believes poetry can be used as a decolonial and therapeutic tool and uses her work to advocate for social justice, mental health, and gender-based violence. Her work has been published in Kalahari Review, Odd Magazine, Second skin magazine, Decolonial Passage, and featured in Yesterdays and Imagining Realities: An Anthology of South African Poetry, appears in The National Poet Laureate Hub
Mr Daniel Bode
Daniel Bode initially volunteered in the Media & Marketing subcommittee within the PsySSA Student Division for 2021. Daniel has been appointed as the Additional Member for PsySSA Student Divisions upcoming tenure. Daniel is a BA Honours graduate in psychology from the Nelson Mandela University. He is interested in psychological disorders, as well as educating individuals providing them with the necessary tools that assist their psychological needs. Daniel intends to complete a master’s in clinical psychology, in hopes of becoming a clinician and professor sometime in the future. Daniel looks forward to working with the Student Division.
Ms Mmehela Kumbi
Ms Mmehela Giveness Kumbi is currently employed as a lecturer at the University of South Africa’s Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She completed her coursework (M1) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2020 and is currently enrolled at the University of South Africa for her master’s mini dissertation on “The emotional contagion and emotional labour experiences of sales agents in a telemarketing organization.” In the discipline of I/O Psychology, she is now interested in organizational development and health as focus areas. She is also a senior moderator and mentor in the Psychology Society of South Africa’s Student Division (PsySSA SD).
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Research Psychology: Consolidated University and Internship List
Research psychology is a specialised sub-discipline in Psychology which focuses on applied research across varying sectors. Masters degrees in research psychology can also serve as the basis for PhD studies and a career in academia. As a Masters in research psychology degree graduate, one has the opportunity to pursue professional registration with the HPCSA as a Research Psychologist. In order to follow this path, one has to complete one of the five accredited Masters programs in South Africa. Below are a list of the universities that currently offer accredited research programs:
Research Psychology: Consolidated University and Internship List
Launch of the Student Division’s Website!
The PsySSA Student Division (PsySSA SD) is proud to announce the launch of our website. Central to the mission of the PsySSA SD is to provide psychology students in South Africa with important information about psychology and to keep psychology students up-to-date and informed through resources such articles, podcasts, and webinars. We invite you to contact us as we are always available to you!