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PsySSA was formed in January 1994, uniting the various bodies that existed until then. PsySSA was structured as a transformed entity to deal with the fast-changing dispensation and speaks authoritatively on behalf of the discipline on matters concerning the mental health and psychosocial well-being of all South Africans. PsySSA has since its inception been dedicated to making a significant contribution to solving the pressing human development problems in South Africa.
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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.
You are invited to join Global and Continental Leaders to discuss psychology in your Country, Africa and the World at the historic African Psychology Leadership Summit Speakers include the Presidents of the: International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS)...
In the last 12-months, the world and our very way of life has been fundamentally altered by the global pandemic, and we have had to learn to manage the catastrophic health, psychosocial, social and economic effects that have emerged as the primary consequential outcomes of COVID-19. Recently, our attention has been re-directed to the hopes associated with the development of efficacious vaccines to combat the virus. Management of the pandemic has profoundly shifted to issues related to vaccine development, trials and efficacy, approval, production, distribution and scalable population rollout.
Dear PsySSA Member We trust that this email finds you in good health. As you may be aware, South Africa's vaccine rollout to healthcare workers has seen more than 70 000 vaccines already administered to date. This programme is expected to gain momentum in the...
The Mighty Pen The current climate in South Africa is one where many children are faced with many uncertainties with regards to the continuation of their primary education. The Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng homework centre, based in Gauteng, is in desperate need of...
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The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) is the professional body representing psychology professionals in South Africa.
PsySSA recently launched a webinar platform featuring interactive talks and presentations. Here you will find links to the different webinars completed in 2020.
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- 2020 – PsySSA Statement-Caster Semenya International Sports Human Rights and Bodily Integrity
- 2020 – PsySSA Statement on the Killing of Nathaniel-Julius
- 2020 – PsySSA Statement – PsySSA Response to the SAHRC Media Statement Stating Concern with the Readiness of Schools for the Resumption of Learning during COVID-19 Pandemic, 28 May 2020
- 2020 – PsySSA Statement – PsySSA condemns the use of force by security personnel during the COVID-19 Lockdown
- 2020 – PsySSA Statement – Parktown Boys High School tragedy
- 2020 – PsySSA Statement – Justice 12 years delayed Jon Qwelane hate speech case to be heard in Constitutional Court on 22 September
- 2020 – PsySSA Statement – Ending gender-based violence
- 2020 – PsySSA Response on the commentary by Prof Nicoli Nattrass, published in the South African Journal of Science
- 2020 – An Open Statement by the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) represented by the SGD and SEPSA in support of Comprehensive Sexualities Education (CSE) in South Africa
- 2020 – PsySSA Position Statement from the Psychological Society of South Africa PsySSA in Solidarity with the Palestinian Peoples
- 2020 – PsySSA Open Statement – An Open Statement by the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) on CSE
- 2019 – PsySSA written response on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill
- 2019 – PsySSA SGD LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR CONSIDERATION DURING APPEAL REGARDING GENDER – INCLUSION OF HORMONES IN THE HOSPITAL STANDARD
- 2019 – PsySSA Position Statement on the Caster Semenya IAAF Court RulinG
- 2019 – PsySSA Position Statement on Cannabis
- 2019 – PsySSA Position Statement – PsySSA Commits itself to Addressing Ongoing Violence
- 2019 – PsySSA Response to the NHI Bill
- 2018 – PsySSA-Response to the Deaths of former Esidimeni Care Centre patients
- 2018 – PsySSA Statement on E-disclosure for psychologists employed in the Public Service
- 2018 – PsySSA Response to SAHRC
- 2018 – PsySSA Position Statement on the Omotoso trial
- 2018 – PsySSA Position on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
- 2018 – PiPS Position Statement in-regards to the eDisclosure Document
- 2016 – The Psychological Society of South Africa is a friend of the court in the Jon Qwelane hate speech case
- 2016 – PsySSA Response to the Student Protests
- 2016 – PsySSA Response to the NHI
- 2016 – PsySSA Response to the DHET Follow-up Correspondence re the Career Development Practitioner Framework
- 2016 – PsySSA Response -Deaths of former Esidimeni Care Centre patients
- 2016 – PsySSA Position Statement on APA
- 2016 – PsySSA Position Statement International Conference on Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- 2016 – PsySSA Position Statement – Sexual and Gender Diversity
- 2016 – PsySSA Commenting on the Student Fee Protest
COVID-19…Extraordinary and Challenging Times…
In honour of Women's Day 2020, the Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) has launched the campaign, “Pharmacy Safe Spaces.” This initiative aims to assist victims of violence by giving them the option to request assistance from pharmacists who can report...
As PsySSA, we are committed to navigating the current crisis, and implementing necessary plans in ways that allow us to continue to support you, engage with you, and uphold the Society’s vision and mission, while also supporting and helping the nation in its time of...