Divisions

The South African Association for Counselling Psychology (SAACP)

Objectives

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.

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Incentives for membership

What do members receive by becoming members?
  • 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.

Fees

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Exco members

Dr Sipho Dlamini is registered as a Counselling Psychologist and a senior lecturer at the Department of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg. Sipho serves on the board for the journal Psychology in Society. His research interests include: Africa(n)-centred psychology, the training of psychologists, higher education, the history and philosophy of psychology, critical race studies, and community psychology.

Chair

South African Association of Counselling Psychology, PsySSA

Dr Sipho Dlamini

Dr Sipho Dlamini

Chairperson

siphodlamini72@gmail.com

Bio

Dr Sipho Dlamini is registered as a Counselling Psychologist and a senior lecturer at the Department of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg. Sipho serves on the board for the journal Psychology in Society. His research interests include: Africa(n)-centred psychology, the training of psychologists, higher education, the history and philosophy of psychology, critical race studies, and community psychology.

Prof Solomon Makola

Prof Solomon Makola

Vice-Chair

smakola@cut.ac.za

Bio

Professor Solomon Makola is the Campus Director of the Welkom Campus of the Central University of Technology, Free State. He received his C Rating, as an Established Researcher, from the National Research Foundation (NRF) in January 2020. Prof Makola is an Associate Member of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy in Dallas, Texas, USA. He holds a PhD in Child Psychology and Related Fields from the University of the Free State the title of his thesis is: Meaning in Life and Life Stressors as Predictors of FirstYear Academic Performance. Prof Makola is a regular guest on one of the national radio stations, Lesedi FM, under SABC Education.

Ms Geraldine Franciscus

Ms Geraldine Franciscus

Secretary/Treasurer

geraldinef@cornerstone.ac.za

Bio

Ms Geraldine Franciscus is a Counselling Psychologist and the Head of the Psychology Department and a Senior Lecturer, at Cornerstone Institute. She has been a Psychology Lecturer for over 20 years. She has a special interest in Brain Working Recursive Therapy and Solution Focussed Brief Therapy and its application in the South African context. Geraldine has also been involved in collaborative research. Some of this research has resulted in a publication in the International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy: “Assessing the Impact of Outcomes-Based Education, Family Dynamics, and Psychosocial Stressors on Student Academic Adjustment in South Africa”. She is passionate about promoting community mental health and emotional well-being.

Ms Sharon Melrose

Ms Sharon Melrose

Additional Member

sharon@smelrose.co.za

Bio

Sharon Melrose is registered as a Counselling Psychologist with the HPCSA and is an executive member of SAACP, serving as an additional member. In 2004 she enrolled at the University of Stellenbosch and in 2006 obtained her Master’s degree (cum laude). She completed her internship with an NGO in 2005 in both clinical and counselling settings.
Currently Sharon is a faculty member at Cornerstone Institute where she lecturers in Family Psychology and Psychometric Assessments. She also supervises postgraduate psychology students in addition to offering supervision to Registered Counsellors and fellow psychologists. Sharon has been in private practice for more than 15 years.

Ms Nqobile Msomi

Ms Nqobile Msomi

Additional Member

n.msomi@ru.ac.za

Bio

Nqobile Msomi is a counselling psychologist and lecturer at Rhodes University. She co-ordinates Rhodes University’s Psychology Clinic, a community-based training institution for counselling and clinical psychologists. Msomi espouses a situated psychology and concerns herself with ways to move towards practice, teaching and research informed by the values and principles of community and Africa(n)-centred psychologies. She is a PhD candidate and has partnered with a local education focused non-governmental organisation for her case study research.

Ms Genevieve Burrow

Ms Genevieve Burrow

Additional Member: Emerging Leader

geneburrow@gmail.com

Bio

Genevieve Burrow is a Student Registered Counsellor completing her practicum at The Trauma Centre in Cape Town. She served as the Student Representative for the SAACP during the previous tenure and is excited to fill the Additional Executive Committee Member role. She aims to complete her master’s degree after registering as a Registered Counsellor. Genevieve is the vice-chairperson of the PsySSA Division of Registered Counsellors and the treasurer of the PsySSA Student Division. Genevieve has an undergraduate degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA) cum laude with a double major in Psychology and Criminology. She is particularly interested in trauma, addiction recovery for affected families, and uplifting communities in under-resourced areas.

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