PsySSA Statement: Parktown Boys High School tragedy

The Society for Educational Psychology of South Africa (SEPSA) drafted the statement on the Parktown Boys High School tragedy on behalf of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA)

The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) joins the nation in expressing its sadness over the death of young Enoch Mpianzi who lost his life during a school camp. The death of a child, in any manner, is a most tragic event for a family and in the lives of parents. When a child dies in such circumstances while in the care of an institution like a school, it is especially disturbing.

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Happy 26th Birthday, PsySSA!

Happy 26th birthday to PsySSA! Launched in pursuit of societal transformation, PsySSA has matured and flourished to become the distinguished psychological Society that it is today. This celebratory occasion is an opportune moment to salute the Society and its members...

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Coping with bad news in matric results: ‘Do not give up hope,’ says UP psychologist and career counselling expert

This is according to Kobus Maree, a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria, who asserts that “the word ‘fail’ has no place in current society. Instead the phrase ‘insufficient achievement’ is more appropriate”. Prof Maree, who has doctorates in career counselling, psychology as well as in learning facilitation in mathematics, says while your current marks will co-determine whether you will be accepted into your preferred field of study, they will not determine if you will be successful in life. Nor will they limit your career prospects. “It hurts when one learns that the outcomes of an examination were less successful than expected. But step back emotionally and interpret the experience logically. All human beings experience success and are less successful from time to time. This is the most normal thing in the world.”

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Coping with Matric Results and Planning your Future

The National Senior Certificate (NCS) and Independent Examination Boards (IEB) matric finals, is viewed as the culmination of a significant period in young person’s life and is seen as achieving a milestone. Many learners will have waited in anticipation for the release of the newspaper or the delivery of that much awaited SMS. Whilst this will be a time filled with celebrations and well wishes for some; for others it may be a time that is filled with fear, embarrassment, isolation and self-loathing.

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President’s Corner

We once again find ourselves at the point where we reflect on how quickly another fulfilling but challenging year has passed in our personal, organizational and institutional lives. 2019 – the last year at the end of the second decade of the 21st century, and PsySSA’s 25th anniversary year – has been an opportunity for deep contemplation on our past, as well as a moment for pondering the prospects and possibilities of our future as an organization.

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SAJP Issue 4 2019 is now available online!

The South African Journal of Psychology (SAJP) is the official journal of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA). The SAJP publishes peer-reviewed contributions in English from all fields of psychology. Whilst the emphasis is on empirical research, the journal also accepts theoretical and methodological papers, review articles, book reviews, and comments on articles published in the journal. Priority is given to articles relevant to Africa and that address psychological issues of social change and development.

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Final Day of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign

Today marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. However, as the campaign comes to an end, Gender-Based Violence does not. It continues to riddle our communities and infest our lives. It is only by supporting all those affected by Gender-Based Violence and being a beacon of hope will we rid ourselves of Gender-Based Violence.

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PsySSA is the nationally representative professional body for psychology. Recognised internationally, PsySSA is committed to the transformation and development of South African Psychology to serve the needs and interests of all South Africa´s people...Read More
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