Neuropsychology in South Africa

Following a court order made by the Gauteng High Court on 21 August 2019, the HPCSA Professional Board for Psychology will be opening a register for the registration of Neuropsychologists. The court order provides that persons shall qualify to be registered provided that they satisfy all ordinary requirements for registration other than the requirement of holding a qualification specified in the regulation. To download the document with more information, click the Download button below;

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Helping you get off the ground

This workshop is going to cover 5 steps that will help to launch a career in counselling. 

  1. The Nitty Gritties
  2. Visibility 
  3. The Less Traveled Road
  4. Imposter Syndrome
  5. The Value of Volunteering

Through our workshop, we will be talking about important things such as how to register with the HPCSA after board exams, how to open up a private practice, the documents that are needed to see clients, marketing, ethical guidelines that are important to take note of as well as ICD 10 codes and other technicalities. 

For more information, please contact Cayley Jorgensen –

SACAP – Training More Registered Counsellors

For the past three years SACAP (The South African College of Applied Psychology) has been offering a highly sought after Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Psychology) [BPsych Equivalent Programme] at its Cape Town and Johannesburg campuses. The 18-month programme, which incorporates an Honours equivalent degree, as well as a 720-hour HPCSA-accredited practicum, has now been accredited for the SACAP Pretoria campus. The BPsych Equivalent qualification entitles students to write the Board Exam for eligibility to become a Registered Counsellor.

Dr Jaclyn Lotter, Academic Head at SACAP, says: “Despite South Africa’s increasing mental health concerns and the great need to increase our force of mental health care workers, especially at a community level, SACAP is one of the country’s few higher education institutions which is training Registered Counsellors.  We believe in the role of Registered Counsellors like never before.  Escalating deprivation, violence, addiction, trauma and stress in South Africa underpin the prevalence of anxiety and depression, as well as substance abuse and many other mental health conditions.  We have to make quality mental health care far more accessible, and Registered Counsellors deployed in communities can make an incredible difference in connecting people to the help that they need.”

Registered Counsellors provide psychological services focused on prevention as well as primary intervention for people with psychological difficulties.  They can work in a variety of community settings, making a vital contribution to the promotion of mental health and combatting stigmas associated with mental health conditions.  SACAP’s BPsych Equivalent Programme qualifies them to perform psychological screening, basic assessment and psychological interventions; provide preventative and developmental counselling services; and deliver psycho-education on a range of topics.

“Our BPsych Equivalent Programme has already proven highly successful at our Johannesburg and Cape Town campuses, and we are delighted it has been approved for Pretoria now,” says Lauren Martin, Head of Teaching and Learning at SACAP’s Pretoria Campus. “SACAP is committed to the training and development of knowledgeable, skilled and ethical Registered Counsellors to help address the enormous shortfall of skills in the psychology profession.  There’s a great need for diversity and innovation in the mental health care landscape, and Registered Counsellors play a critical role in delivering quality services and improving community well-being.”

The BPsych Equivalent programme is in line with SACAP’s unique educational philosophy and facilitated learning style where classrooms are intimate and students work in close contact with expert educators in Applied Psychology.  Only 15 students are accommodated on each campus.  Applications for the 2020 academic year are open. Enrol now for the BPsych Equivalent programme at SACAP in Pretoria, visit the SACAP website.

Masters Mentorship & Peer Support Network – Participant Feedback

In order to determine the success of our Masters Mentorship & Peer Support Networks, Cognition & Co would like to invite all participants to fill out a very basic feedback survey.

Invitation emails will be sent directly to the participants, so if you were a part of the initiative, please check your email inbox (spam box too).

Data collection and access to the survey will remain open until Sunday the 24th of November 2019 – 20h00.

If you were a part of either of these initiatives, and did not get an invitation email, please contact us here.

Once we have collected and analyzed the data, we will share it with the participants and followers.

Thank you to everyone that was a part of the different networks. We look forward to your feedback and improving the initiatives for the future generations of mentors, mentees, and peers.

Cognition & Co turns 1.

Cognition & Co turns 1 today!

Even though we’re still working through the first of Eriksons Stages, Trust vs. Mistrust, we hope that you have trusted us as your Psychology Student Network.

We have lots of big plans for the next year of our development and we can’t wait to share them with you!

Thank you to everyone that has been a part of this incredible journey so far, without you we wouldn’t be half the organization we are!

We’re always available if you need anything. Please feel free to reach out on any of our different forms of social media. We love to chatting to you all!

Onwards towards Autonomy!

World Mental Health Day – 10th October

Today is World Mental Health Day, a day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma.
We encourage everyone to talk about mental health and work towards breaking this stigma that plagues our wellbeing.
If you are struggling with anything, please reach out for help.

You are not alone.
Reach out

When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘WE’, illness becomes wellness.


Charis Psychological Services – Counselling Psychology Internship 2020

Charis Psychological Services have a Counselling Psychology internship position available for 2020.

Janse van Rensburg & Breedt Psychology Inc. trading as Charis Psychological Services is a psychology group practice specialising mainly in the physical rehabilitation psychology context. Rehabilitation psychology contributes psychological knowledge and skills to individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions in order to maximize health and welfare, independence and choice, functional abilities and social role participation across their life span. Patients are seen while they are inpatients as well as on an outpatient basis at various sub-acute and physical rehabilitation hospitals across Gauteng. Although providing psychological services to patients in a medical setting is the main focus on the practice, the outpatient aspect of the practice also services as a generic private practice where children, adults, older adults, couples and families are seen for a variety of emotional difficulties irrespective if they suffer from any health challenges.

The Counselling Psychology Internship at Janse van Rensburg & Breedt Psychology Inc. was developed to fulfil all the necessary requirements as set up by the HPCSA.

For more information on the Counseling Psychology Internship, requirements, competencies, location, salary, and application process; please download the document by clicking the download button below;

CLOSING DATE: Monday 30th September 2019. For enquiries about the position please contact: Dr Estie Janse van Rensburg – 082 805 1023

GIVEAWAY – Cognition & Conversation

Facebook Giveaway

Cognition & Co are giving away a free entry to the Cognition & Conversation event, as well as a free t-shirt to one lucky follower. If you’re feeling lucky, visit the Cognition & Co Facebook Page and follow the entry details below;

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Cognition & Conversation

Networking & Information Session

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Event: Cognition & Conversation – Networking & Information Session
Date: 14th September 2019
Time: 12:00 to 16:30
Venue: G1 Hub – 18 Sunset Avenue, Pineslopes, Johannesburg
Price: R130 – Early Bird Tickets (Available until 18/08)
R150 – Regular Tickets (Available from 18/08)
Tickets are limited – 80 seats
Tickets: Available from Howler – Click here to purchase your tickets.

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