The South African Association for Counselling Psychology (SAACP)

Objectives of the Division:

The South African Association for Counselling Psychology of PsySSA aims to:

  1. Enhance the relationships between psychologists in the field of Counselling Psychology.
  2. Promote the professional practice and status of the Counselling Psychologist.
  3. Render various types of relevant, accessible and affordable services that are efficient and effective to individuals, groups, organisations and communities, whereby human development and mental health, as well as the development of organisations and communities may be enhanced.
  4. Improve the relationships between registered psychologists on the one hand and members of other professions, organisations, and the general public on the other hand.
  5. Collect and disseminate information regarding Counselling Psychology to all interested parties.
  6. Promote excellence in research, as well as the teaching and development of Counselling Psychology.
  7. Promote relevance and excellence in the training of psychologists in Counselling Psychology in order to ensure high standards of service delivery.

Incentives for Divisional membership and details of costs

In addition to full PsySSA benefits, members will also enjoy the following benefits:

  • Participation in SAACP programs and events.
  • Receive updates on recent developments in the field of Counselling Psychology.
  • Members share information on their work and achievements this will also inspire newly graduated counselling psychologists.
  • A sense of identity and community with colleagues with a common passion for advancing counselling psychology. This sense of community is visible in the division’s participation in the PsySSA annual congress, involvement in community projects and presenting awards to eligible members.

Details of costs:

Full Member

Associate Affiliate Students
R150.00 R150.00 R150.00 R80.00

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Division Contact details:

Chair: Ms Vicky Malefo Vicky.malefo@gmail.com

Ms Vicky Malefo is a registered Counselling Psychologist since 1995.  She holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Honors degrees from University of Cape Town as well as a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from University of Natal. She is currently studying towards a Doctoral Degree in Psychology at University of South Africa with focus on exploring HIV & AIDS-related psychosocial factors from a Terror Management Theory perspective.

Vicky’s professional interests include: Stress and Coping, Life Skills & Academic Development, Change and Diversity Management, as well as Health & Wellness Programmes with particular focus on Workplace HIV & AIDS interventions. Her career profile and experience in the Higher Education Sector includes working as a Student Counsellor (University of Natal), Heading Student Counselling Services (University of North-West), and Managing Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and general Employee Wellness Services (University of South Africa).  Ms Malefo’s academic career also includes teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students in the areas of Career Psychology as well as attending and presenting papers at some national and international conferences.  She has a published article based on her Masters Dissertation titled “Psycho-social factors and academic performance among African women students at a predominantly white university in South Africa (South African Journal of Psychology, 2000, 30 (4), 40-45).  She also has interest in clinical hypnotherapy and has received training in the field through The Wellness Institute of Washington, USA.  She is currently employed at University of South Africa as Wellness Manager in the HIV & AIDS of the Human Resources Department.

Vice-Chair: Ms Geraldine Franciscus GeraldineF@cornestone.co.za

Secretary: Prof Solomon Makola smakola@cut.ac.za

Prof Solomon Makola is an Associate Member of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. He has a Doctorate from the University of the Free State, and the title of his thesis is: Meaning in life and life stressors as predictors of first-year academic performance. He is a Campus Director at the Central University of Technology, Free State (Welkom Campus), and a psychologist in private practice. Prof Makola is registered with the HPCSA as a Counselling Psychologist, and he is also a member of PsySSA.  He is a regular guest in one of the national radio stations, Lesedi FM, under SABC. Prof Makola is a seasoned researcher; he has contributed research articles in accredited journals, and also presented papers in national and international conferences. In 2014 he was awarded the PsySSA best practice award.  The South African Association of Counselling Psychology also presented him with an award for being one of the most outstanding counselling psychologists.  Dr Makola is an author of two books which will be published by UNISA Press in 2016. The titles of his books are, 1) Find Meaning, Stop Wondering, 2) Pimp the Pain.


Additional member: Dr Neo Pule npule555@gmail.com

Additional member:  Dr Sally John sally.john@kznhelath.gov.za

Additional member: Ms Lisa Currin Lisa.Currin@nmmu.ac.za

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