Registered Containment Officers; A Grassroots-Level Mental Health Framework for South Africa

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Over the past two decades, progressive changes to mental health policies and legislature have been implemented all over the world, South Africa included. As a low- and middle-income country plagued by compounding factors such as high unemployment rates and high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, the execution of mental health reform initiatives in South Africa have been inconsistent and inadequate. Research indicates that there are significant gaps in South Africa’s mental healthcare system and the majority of funding and resources are funneled towards short-term curative interventions. As research in the field of adolescent mental health advances, it shows the importance of mental well-being in the development of children as well as the long-term effects on the emerging adults. This manuscript describes a preventative grassroots intervention designed to use resources currently available in South Africa to create long-term, generational changes while inherently destigmatizing mental illness. By appropriately training and registering Psychology Honours graduates as Registered Containment Officers and adapting the current Life Orientation curriculum to focus on psychological concepts and mental well-being, it is possible to create generations of children and adults with a psychological understanding and a destigmatized perspective of mental health. This framework requires intersectoral collaboration from a number of regulating bodies and government departments, all with the aim of creating realistic preventative change in South Africa while
creating employment, promoting mental health, and protecting the country’s future.

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SACAP launches Bachelor of Social Work degree

Our world of work is changing so rapidly that many young people wonder whether their chosen career might exist once their studies are completed and they are ready to enter the workplace. Social work is one of those in-demand careers in South Africa.  Across the globe the focus on social justice, climate crisis impacts and economic inequality is only intensifying, and the world’s need for people with relevant skills and abilities to help change lives for the better is increasing all the time. It makes sense then that there’s a significant need to intensify social sciences education and training to effectively respond to the changing socio-economic and environmental contexts. 

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HIRING: Curriculum Developer (isiXhosa)

Cognition & Co is looking for a Curriculum Developer to join our team.

As part of our mission to help Psychology Students develop and grow within the field, as well as to create employment opportunities, Cognition & Co is looking to hire a Curriculum Developer to assist in the creation of learning materials. We are looking to create a basic conversational course in Xhosa for young university students; equivalent to approximately an NQF level 5 or 6.

Details:

This position is a short-term contract role available to individuals in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The duration of the contract is dependent on the time required to create the appropriate materials. Future opportunities to teach the curriculum will also be available should the teacher be interested. The candidate would be able to work from home for 90% of the duration, but should be available to record vocabulary and dialogues on site in Port Elizabeth.

Curriculum:

The candidate will be expected to create the curriculum for the 4 unit course, starting with basic vocabulary and expanding into basic conversational language and dialogues. The final unit is focused on Psychology vocabulary and conversation in isiXhosa, and therefore a basic understanding of Psychology would be beneficial.

Requirements:

  • 2+ years Curriculum Development experience.
  • isiXhosa Home Language or equivalent.
  • BA in Psychology & PGCE or,
    B.Ed with Psychology as a 1st year subject.
  • SACE Registered Teacher (Preferably).
  • Access to reliable internet and email.

Applications:


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2021 Psychology Masters Application Whatsapp Group

Are you applying for a Masters Degree in Psychology in next year?

If you’re a potential Masters student that will be applying for professional Masters programmes around South Africa in 2021 (for the class of 2022), then you need to join the Cognition & Co Masters Application Whatsapp Group so you don’t miss a thing.

Join our incredible Psychology Student Community on Whatsapp and connect with other students while getting the most up-to-date information on the different programmes and universities around South Africa. You’ll also get important information about the Cognition & Co events, workshops, and conferences.

The Cognition & Co Whatsapp group will be open on Saturday the 2nd of January 2021 and hopeful masters students will be able to find the link on this page. Spaces are limited due to Whatsapp’s group policies, so make sure you don’t miss your spot.

Whatsapp Group 1 is now FULL.

Whatsapp Group 2 is now FULL.

UPDATE:

We have decided to migrate the two Whatsapp groups to one group on Telegram. Telegram has a larger maximum group size and can therefore accommodate all our potential Masters students in one place. Click here to find out how to join the group.


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Volunteers Wanted: Masters Mentorship Network 2021

Cognition & Co is looking for passionate Psychology students and graduates to assist with the duties associated with organizing and maintaining the Masters Mentorship Network in 2021, along with some other research and administrative tasks.

We need individuals to fill the roles of Mentorship Facilitators and work together as a team to ensure the success of the Masters Mentorship Network in 2021.

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