Divisions

The South African Society for Clinical Psychology (SASCP)

Objectives

The SASCP Division of PsySSA aims to:

In accordance with Article 12.5.1 of the constitution of PsySSA, the overall aims of the Division are to promote training, research and practise in respect of Clinical Psychology and the professional interests of Clinical Psychologists.

SPECIFIC AIMS AND MEANS OF IMPLEMENTATION

The overall aims should be achieved within the guidelines laid out in the constitution of PsySSA in Article 12.5 and, in particular, among other things, by:

  • Defining and preserving the distinct identity of Clinical Psychology in relation to the other professional applications of psychology in accordance with internationally recognised criteria for the nature of the work of Clinical Psychologists;
  • by promoting Clinical Psychology as a separate field of expertise registered with Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Promoting Clinical Psychology as a profession by such activities as:

  • seeking to inform authorities responsible for health services within the public and private sectors regarding the special expertise of Clinical Psychologists and to influence them to create job opportunities,
  • seeking to inform other professions and the public regarding the fields of expertise of Clinical Psychologists.
  • Taking steps to address any activity by Clinical Psychologists which lowers the credibility or status of Clinical Psychology in the eyes of other professions and the public,
  • Within the spirit of Article 12.8.1 of PsySSAs constitution in which income generated by activities such as seminars and workshops may be retained, further steps to improve the financial position of Clinical Psychologists (for example, by seeking improvements in income tax concessions and contributions to fees by medical aid funds) may be taken.

Making recommendations on the training of Clinical Psychologists. Such recommendations should be made to, and in discussion with, whatever organisations are in a position to promote or implement them, specifically to:

  • Council Committees of PsySSA concerned with matters of training in Psychology,
  • University Psychology Departments responsible for professional training in Clinical Psychology,
  • Institutions accredited to train Clinical Psychology interns,
  • Authorities responsible for Clinical Psychology services within mental health systems in the public and private sectors.

Providing structures and promoting activities through which Clinical Psychologists can communicate with each other, and keep informed of basic political, social, academic and professional issues that concern the profession of Clinical Psychology. This should be done by:

  • distributing a newsletter either specifically for the Division or in conjunction with other Division or in conjunction with PsySSA,
  • promoting contact between the central executive and the National/Regional Divisional branches, organising local, national and international meetings at which workshops, symposia, discussions and research relevant to Clinical Psychology are presented,
  • promoting international contacts with Clinical Psychologists.

Making recommendations that will ensure that a high ethical standard is maintained in the practise of the profession. This should be done by:

  • monitoring and updating the Ethical Code for Clinical Psychologists,
  • bringing ethical issues to the attention of members,
  • monitoring the activities of and liaising with the PsySSA Council Committees responsible for ethical matters (if at any time no such committee is in existence the Division should press for the formation of such a committee),
  • monitoring the activities of and liaising with the Ethics Committee of the Professional Board for Psychology of the South African Medical and Dental Council,
  • ensuring that training programs in Clinical Psychology include courses on ethical principles.

Promoting co-operation and mutual respect between Clinical Psychologists and members of allied professions.

Incentives for membership

What do members receive by becoming members?
  • Reduced fees at CEU activities
  • Direct open communication and correspondence with the SASCP EC regarding matters specific to Clinical Psychologists that keeps one informed of matters in the discipline
  • Communications amongst fellow colleagues and assistance with queries
  • Networking with colleagues that allows for consultation and referrals amongst colleagues
  • Communciations about workshops and seminars
  • Advertising of practice on SASCP website (to come)

Fees

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Exco members

South African Society for Clinical Psychology, PsySSA

Ms Joy Nkuna

jniniza@yahoo.com
Bio
Dr Karl Swain

Dr Karl Swain

karlswain@gmail.com
Bio
Karl Swain is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in the Department of Behavioural Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa and is currently the Academic Coordinator and Intern Coordinator for the Department. Karl served two terms as the Chairperson for the South African Society for Clinical Psychology (SASCP), after a term as Secretary. Additionally, he has served for two terms as the Vice Chairperson for PsySSA’s Division of Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology. Karl is currently the Chairperson of the Durban Practising Psychologists Group (DPPG) and Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Branch of PsySSA. He was the local representative for the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) Student Liaison Committee for South Africa and Africa in 2017. His interests include: neuropsychology, traumatic stress, violence and resiliency.
Mr Daniel den Hollander

Mr Daniel den Hollander

danielhilbrand@gmail.com
Bio
Daniel den Hollander is a clinical psychologist who has worked in specialised mental health care, both in the public and private sectors. His expertise lies in voluntary, involuntary, and forensic treatment care, Complex PTSD and co-occuring addiction work. He has chaired the Psychology Professionals in Public Service Division of PsySSA from 2016-2021. During his term, PiPS became an established voice within parliamental NHI discussions and building key stakeholder relationships with other government departments (e.g. DBE, SARS). He is an activist for mental health care in South Africa. He is passionate about cultivating and promoting empowerment and change: may it be in the therapy room, on radio, at governmental stakeholder meetings, or at conferences. He is a regular feature on SAFM Living Redefined, and contributor for the Mail & Guardian.
Ms Lindiwe Mabena

Ms Lindiwe Mabena

sesinyana777@gmail.com

Bio

Lindiwe Mabena is a qualified clinical psychologist and registered psychometrist who trained in different modalities that includes psychoanalysis and system theory.  She worked with diverse multicultural population that gave rise to her practical knowledge on eclectic approach in therapy.   

Her work in diverse settings afforded experience with children, adolescents and adults. Her practice take account of psychometric assessments in forensic, education, mental health and the world of work. Other contributions are in clinical research trial, student supervision and rehabilitation. She has written an article in psychosocial support for children infected and affected with HIV.  She obtained Master’s in clinical psychology at UNISA, BSc Honours in psychology and Bcur Nursing from MEDUNSA.

Prof Terry Mashego

Prof Terry Mashego

tabmash@gmail.com

Bio
Prof Saths Cooper

Prof Saths Cooper

scooper@kenako.org

Bio
Ms Ashley van Heerden

Ms Ashley van Heerden

ashley.vh@live.co.za
Bio
Ashley van Heerden holds a Master of Social Science (Clinical Psychology) and a Master of Social Science (Research Psychology). She also holds certifications in Programme Management (University of Geneva) and Gestalt Therapy. Broad areas of interest include developmental trauma and working from a social justice perspective, particularly in relation to LGBTQIA+ rights and gender-based violence. Ashley worked with the United Nations of South Africa implementing relevant, cost-effective human rights programmes within the South African context, assisting numerous NPO’s and being invited to present her work at national and international conferences.
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