Psychological Society of South Africa

A Global Partner in Organised Psychology

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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PsySSA Commemorates Womens Day 2022!

PsySSA Commemorates Women’s Day 2022

“We need to actively contribute to transforming our system to a space where it will never again be said that a woman is lucky to have been raped by only one man.”

Out Now! SAJP Volume 52 Issue 3: September 2022

Out Now! SAJP Volume 52 Issue 3: September 2022

“The role of non-governmental organisations in strengthening the South African health system”

INVITE: Online Consulting psychology Conference (2022)

INVITE: Online Consulting psychology Conference (2022)

PsySSA Launches its Interest Group, Decolonising Psychology!

PsySSA Launches its Interest Group, Decolonising Psychology!

PsySSA Congratulates Prof Norman Duncan on his appointment as SAJP Editor-in-Chief 2023 – 2028

PsySSA Congratulates Prof Norman Duncan on his appointment as SAJP Editor-in-Chief 2023 – 2028

26th Annual South African Psychology Congress – Draft Congress Programme Out Now!

26th Annual South African Psychology Congress – Draft Congress Programme Out Now!

PsySSA Commemorates Nelson Mandela Day 2022 – It is in Our Hands

“Fifteen years ago this Nobel Laureate, and our former President, said to us “It is in your hands”, urging us to carry on the work of establishing a just society for all who live in it. Some of us may wonder whether we have failed him, especially when we look at the state of our nation, our governance, unemployment rates, the state of our economy, our failing health services, and the rates of crime and violence.”

Invitation: Launch of Decolonising Psychology Interest Group, 27 July 2022

Invitation: Launch of Decolonising Psychology Interest Group

Invitation: Launch of Decolonising Psychology Interest Group

Invitation: Launch of Decolonising Psychology Interest Group

PsySSA MyCPD Update!

Visit our MyCPD Platform and earn up to 9 General CEU Points today!

PsySSA Workshop Series 2022: Workshop 4: The serious issue of assessing children’s criminal capacity

PsySSA Workshop Series 2022

Workshop 4: The serious issue of assessing children’s criminal capacity

Out Now! SAJP Volume 52 Issue 2: June 2022

Out Now! SAJP Volume 52 Issue 2: June 2022

The South African Journal of Psychology is pleased to advise that Dr Yogan Pillay, has written the featured commentary for this issue, namely:
“The role of non-governmental organisations in strengthening the South African health system”

PsySSA 2022 Webinar Series – Webinar 2: Necrocapitalism and Psychic Violence – Recording Out Now!

PsySSA 2022 Webinar Series – Webinar 2: Necrocapitalism and Psychic Violence – Recording Out Now!

Board Exam Preparation Workshop 2022

Recognising the importance of being adequately prepared for the board exam of the registration categories as the final phase of training. Three divisions at the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), the Division of Registered Counsellors and Psychometrists (RCP), Society for Educational Psychology South Africa (SEPSA), and South African Association of Counselling Psychologists (SAACP) are presenting a workshop on board exam preparation. The workshop will cover generally the Mental Health Care Act, the National Health Act more generally as it pertains to the three registration categories. The workshop will then cover category related issues that may appear in the board exam, including ethics, referrals, and cases.

Call for Applications: CaSP 2022 Seed Grant Competition

After two years of successfully running the Seed Grant Competition, the CaSP Division invites its members to apply for the competition which seeks to fund ONE innovative, practical, and sustainable community engagement project.

370 YEARS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE – QUO VADIS SOUTH AFRICA?

In celebrating Human Rights Day, 21st March 2022, we have much cause to reflect, but even greater cause to act to halt cultures perpetuating human rights abuse. A direct corelation exists today between behaviours of the political and corporate elite, and the state of the poor whose basic human rights are being violated on a grand scale.

In Memoriam: Dr Helen Dunbar-Krige – Wall of Remembrance

It is with deep sadness that the PsySSA Family informs you of the passing of its Past President, Dr Helen Dunbar-Krige (2018 – 2019).

Second Pan-African Psychology Congress 28-30 March 2022

The Pan-African Psychology Union will be hosting its first fully online congress from 28-30 March 2022. Abstract & Delegate Registrations are now open!

Call for Applications: CaSP 2022 Seed Grant Competition

After two years of successfully running the Seed Grant Competition, the CaSP Division invites its members to apply for the competition which seeks to fund ONE innovative, practical, and sustainable community engagement project.

PsySSA 2022 Webinar Series – Webinar 3: Gender-Based Violence and Femicide in South Africa: Provocations & Possibilities – Recording Out Now!

PsySSA 2022 Webinar Series: Webinar 3: Gender-Based Violence and Femicide in South Africa: Provocations & Possibilities – Recording Out Now!

International Histories of Psychological Assessment by Prof Sumaya Laher

This book brings together expert research on the history of psychological assessment across the continents and spanning over 50 countries.

2022 Workshop Series

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2022 Workshop Series

Upcoming Workshop: The serious issue of assessing children’s criminal capacity

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2022 Webinar Series

PsySSA’s online webinar series. 

2022 Webinar Series

PsySSA is pleased to announce that it will again host an exciting webinar series in 2022

Facing the Future with Psychology: Perspectives, Praxes and People 

Save the The Date: 20 September 2022

Webinar 4: The Politics & Praxis of healing

The Politics & Praxis of healing

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Online presence

PsySSA provides a range of online CEU opportunies and our presence on the world wide web have grown substantially over the last couple of years. Our Webinar series, Workshop Series, and PsyCast are our flagship online media outputs and available to both PsySSA members but also interested individuals. 

Membership and PsySSA Structures

PsySSA is governed by a Council and Executive Committee that are democratically elected. The Society is comprised of Divisions, Interest Groups, Branches, Standing Committees and Affiliates

Membership

The Society is delighted to declare that, in lieu of on the current economic climate and as a token of appreciation to our members for their continued support, PsySSA members will receive the 2022 PsySSA Membership Package at 2019’s rates! This means that there has not been an increase in our membership fees for over three years!

PsySSA Structures

Council

The PsySSA council is the highest decision-making body of the Society in between Annual General Meetings of its Membership, traditionally held every year at congress. 

Presidency

The Presidency, which includes the President, President-Elect and Past President, meets on a monthly basis in preparation for the Executive Committee meetings and to consult with the Executive Director regarding the short- and long-term objectives of the Society. 

Executive Committee

The Presidency, which includes the President, President-Elect and Past President, meets on a monthly basis in preparation for the Executive Committee meetings and to consult with the Executive Director regarding the short- and long-term objectives of the Society.  

Standing Committees

PsySSA has 12 Standing Committees offering strategic planning, guidance, and a liaison role within the field of psychology. .  

Divisions

Links to our Divisional pages are provided below.  

Interest Groups

PsySSA also have 3 Interests Groups

Office

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Membership Benefits

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CaSP

Community & Social Psychology Division

DRM

Division for Research and Methodology

SEPSA

Society for Educational Psychology of South Africa

DNFP

Division of Neuropsychology & Forensic Psychology

RCP

Registered Counsellors and Psychometrists

PiPS

Psychology in Public Service

SGD

Sexuality and Gender Division

SD

Student Division

SAACP

South African Association of Counselling Psychology

SASCP

The South African Society for Clinical Psychology

TVD

Trauma and Violence Division

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