PsySSA Membership Benefits
Membership with the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) offers a comprehensive range of benefits, reflecting the organisation’s commitment to advancing psychology as a science and profession and promoting well-being. These benefits not only cater to the professional growth and development of psychologists but also advocate for their interests in various sectors.
Further benefits include the following:
- Advocacy and Representation: PsySSA actively communicates and negotiates with the Commissioner, Public Service Commission, Government Departments, and Business sectors. The organisation has been instrumental in advocating for significant tariff increases for psychologists and addressing administrative and operational concerns with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). PsySSA’s efforts include spearheading ministerial investigations into the HPCSA and discussions regarding reimbursement issues with medical aids.
- Academic Resources: Members enjoy free access to prestigious journals like the South African Journal of Psychology (SAJP) and the African Journal of Psychological Assessment (AJOPA). Additionally, membership offers American Psychological Association (APA) member rates for convention registration, databases, books, and journals, along with free online access to various SAGE Psychology journals. PsySSA is also exploring the inclusion of two more journals under its membership benefits.
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Members have free access to the PsySSA online platform, allowing them to earn CPD Points remotely. This includes access to all PsySSA CPD Accredited Webinars and reduced fees for CPD-accredited workshops and activities.
- National Psychology Congress: Reduced fees are available for the Annual National Psychology Congress, a significant event in South Africa for psychology as a science and profession.
- Ethical Support: Members can access free Ethics Committee advice and consultation for ethical issues encountered in practice.
- Professional Indemnity Insurance: PsySSA offers cost-effective Professional Indemnity Insurance tailored for psychology professionals at a discounted price through FNB/iTOO.
- Networking and Referrals: Members benefit from a free listing in the PsySSA Directory of Psychology Professionals in Practice, which also facilitates regular referrals. Networking activities are organised throughout the country and internationally.
- International Relations: PsySSA maintains relationships with international bodies like the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and the International Test Commission (ITC), among others. The society has signed Memorandums of Understanding with 31 associations, fostering professional development and the exchange of ideas.