Speakers

Stephen Hall

Stephen completed his BSc in Physiology and Psychology and BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Johannesburg. During this time, he worked part time as a BLS paramedic. Not making it into the M1 program for his first attempt, he decided to complete the Psychometric Program through the University of Johannesburg. He was accepted at the University of Pretoria for his second attempt at applying for his Masters in Clinical Psychology, which he is currently completing this year.

Stephen will be focusing on the process of being in the Masters program, and will also speak about the interview process and how they are both important in establishing yourself as a psychologist.

Savannah Naick

Savannah Naick is a practicing Registered Counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Savannah completed her Bachelor of Psychology degree in 2017. She is also currently studying towards her Master’s degree.

Savannah will be conversing about alternative registered professional career paths in psychology. She will be discussing the process of becoming a Registered Counsellor and/or a Psychometrist. This will include her experience in the field as a Registered Counsellor.

Muhammed Yaeesh Cassim

Muhammed Yaeesh Cassimis a Psychology Graduate of the University of South Africa, who holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Law, and an NDP Honours in English. He is PsySSA Student Division’s vice-chairperson, and is also the vice-chairperson of Epilepsy Awareness South Africa (EASA), and works for the Pan-African Psychology Union under Professor Saths Cooper. He is the reigning PsySSA Student of the Year, which was awarded to him at last year’s PsySSA conference. He is the Executive Portfolio holder for Mentorship, Frequently Asked Questions and Societies. He has worked closely with people of physical and mental disabilities, throughout his life, and this has become his greatest cause.

He is published in various journals surrounding his research interests which are youth engagement, development and public policy. He has always been motivated to raise awareness for people living with physical and mental disabilities. He is passionate about mentorship, community development, and getting students involved in the field of Psychology, while also transforming it. He believes that psychology is the medium we can use to change and listen to the world, in hope that psychology will broaden one’s perspective that will allow for a more transformed, inclusive and equal African society.

Barry Viljoen (Clinical Psychologist – Charis Psychological Services).

Barry Viljoen is a clinical psychologist currently working at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital, in the Forensic Unit, specifically in the Forensic State Patient and Observation Child and Adolescent Ward; the Forensic Psychotherapy Ward; Adult Forensic Observation Ward and the Acute Forensic Ward. He is also a joint appointee lecture at the University of the Witwatersrand, department of Psychiatry and consults privately within the realm of physical rehabilitation. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pretoria in Psychology and Criminology. He completed his honours degree in psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal before doing his Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus). Barry is currently enrolled at the University of the Free State, completing his doctorate, with a specialization in child psychology. He has also been fortunate enough to attend postmasters training at the University of Utrecht in complex trauma and complex post-traumatic stress disorder. His specific areas of interest are Child Psychology; Family therapy; Forensic Psychology; African Psychology; Psychology of Physical Rehabilitation; Risk Assessment and Trauma.

Barry has been involved in selections and training of intern clinical psychologists at his internship site and has also been involved in clinical psychology master’s selections at the University of Pretoria and the University of the North West (Mafikeng Campus). He will be presenting at the Cognition & Conversation event, focusing on the masters application, selection and interview processes; attempting to shed light on the process and answer student questions on the topic.

Christopher Kemp (Clinical Psychologist – CC Psychology).

Christopher Kemp is a Clinical Psychologist currently working in private practice and as a consultant in the adolescent unit at Akeso Crescent Clinic Randburg.

He completed his BA Psychology at Rhodes University and Honours at UNISA, before spending two years teaching English in South Korea. Upon returning he was accepted to the UNISA Clinical Psychology Masters programme, completing his internship at Weskoppies Hospital and Community Service at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.

Christopher will be talking about beginning a career as a psychologist after Community Service, building a private practice and finding your focus. He’ll also be hosting a general Q&A on everything from the Master’s selection process to managing and growing a private practice and everything in between.

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