Psychology MASTERCLASS 2024

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Dates:9 March 2024 – 29 September 2024
Available:Online – Zoom
Duration: 6+ Hours
Tickets: Early Bird – R220 (SOLD OUT)
Standard – R250


Cognition & Co is committed to supporting aspiring Psychologists on their unique and non-linear journey toward professional registration. Recognizing the ethical challenges inherent in the field, we understand that the path to becoming a Psychologist is characterized by rigorous training, arduous selections, and sometimes tedious applications. The profession is often shrouded in mystery and surrounded by rumors, but Cognition & Co aims to illuminate the way and provide clarity to Psychology Students in South Africa, equipping them for the challenges that lie ahead.

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming edition of our annual event, designed to be a cornerstone in the preparation of psychology students for the road ahead. In our commitment to excellence, we have curated a comprehensive online webinar that brings together a distinguished panel of Psychologists to share their professional insights and understanding. Our goal is to inspire and motivate students, providing them with valuable guidance as they navigate the complexities of Selection Season.

While there will be a specific focus on the Masters application and interview processes, our conference is intentionally broad in scope, catering to students at all levels of their academic journey. This inclusive approach ensures that all attendees gain valuable insights and advice relevant to their current stage of study.

Unlike events geared toward specific universities or selection processes, our conference has been meticulously crafted to serve as a platform for students to initiate meaningful connections with professionals. Beyond preparing for the challenges of academia, we aim to unlock reflective thinking processes that help students understand themselves better as they embark on their transformative journey in psychology.

Join us in 2024 for an enriching experience that goes beyond the ordinary, as we bring together expertise, inspiration, and opportunities for networking. Cognition & Co is your partner in navigating the intricate path toward a fulfilling career in psychology.


Matshepo Setlaleleng

Matshepo Setlaleleng is a Researcher at the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU) where she also completed her research psychology internship. She is currently registered with the HPCSA as an intern Research Psychologist.  Her academic achievements include completing an Honours Degree in Psychology at the University of Pretoria and a Master of Arts Degree in Social and Psychological Research at Wits University where she submitted her thesis titled, “The Job-seeking Experiences of Unemployed Psychology Honours Graduates in South Africa”.

Nina Striglia Walker

Nina Striglia-Walker is a recently qualified Clinical Psychologist completing her Community Service year at the Department of Correctional Services. She is also a PhD candidate. Prior to completing her masters, she qualified as a Psychometrist in independent practice. She will be speaking on the Realities of Rejection at this years C&C Psychology Masterclass.

Nevern Subermoney

Nevern Subermoney is a Clinical Psychologist currently practicing psychotherapy online. He completed his undergraduate and honours studies in psychology at the University of Pretoria and went on to obtain his Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Johannesburg, thereby becoming a registered Clinical Psychologist. His passion is using media to teach people how to be more effective at personal development in their own lives, and overcome the generic and pseudoscientific advice of the self-help industry. He truly believes that the world would be a better place if good people were more effective in their lives, and his mission is to help people become more effective using tools from therapy.

Lounette Graaff

Lounette Graaff holds a Masters’ degree in Social and Psychological Research from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and is the founder of Mindful Connections Research. Since 2018, Lounette has been offering research services to students and professionals, bridging the gap between undergraduate teachings and postgraduate research requirements. She has supervised numerous Psychology Honours’ students as part of the IIE Varsity College’s research module. Lounette’s research interests encompass gender and sexuality, as well as sexual and reproductive health studies. Her future aspirations include pursuing a PhD with Rhodes University’s Critical Sexualities and Sexual Health Research (CSSR) programme, focusing on perceptions around the accreditation of Sexology within South Africa.

Adrian Campos Chacon

Born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in South Africa, Adrian’s passion for Psychology ignited during his second year of undergraduate studies. Now, almost a decade later, Adrian is a dedicated Clinical Psychologist, deeply committed to his profession. He has collaborated closely with the Cognition & Co team for the past four years, actively participating in critical discussions on student development and mentorship. Adrian frequently facilitates C&C events and workshops, leveraging his expertise to benefit the psychology student community. Currently, Adrian is making an impact as a Clinical Psychologist for Maudsley Health Services in the United Arab Emirates.

Mudalo Ndou

Mudalo Ndou’s journey in Psychology showcases her dedication and academic excellence. She completed her BA Degree, majoring in Psychology and Criminology, at the University of Pretoria, where she earned Honorary Colours for Academics. Her pursuit of knowledge led her to study her Honours at North West University, where she graduated with distinction. In 2022, she embarked on her Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Pretoria, furthering her expertise in the field. Mudalo’s commitment to practical experience is evident through her Counselling Psychology Internship at the Area Military Health Unit in Gauteng in 2023.

Cerise Rabie

Cerise Rabie, an Educational Psychologist, holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch. Her expertise lies in child development and special needs education, where she brings a wealth of experience to her practice. Cerise is dedicated to assisting children in overcoming developmental challenges, employing a diverse range of therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, narrative therapy, Creative Arts-based therapies, play therapy, and sand-tray therapy to tailor effective treatment plans.

Emma Lomberg

Emma Lomberg is a dedicated Counselling Psychologist who divides her time between lecturing part-time and running her private practice in Bryanston, Johannesburg. Her academic journey includes a BSc in Human Physiology, Genetics, and Psychology from UP, followed by a BSc Honours in Psychology at UJ, and ultimately, an MSocSci in Counselling Psychology at UFS.

With a broad spectrum of experience, Emma works with individuals and couples facing challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and various life adjustments. Her professional background spans across diverse settings, including private psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and children’s homes.

Alexa Berlein

Alexa Berlein is a dedicated Clinical Psychologist registered with the HPCSA, driven by a profound passion for aiding individuals from diverse backgrounds in strengthening their identity and coping mechanisms within their unique contexts.

Her academic journey commenced as a psychology student at Stellenbosch University, where she laid the foundation for her career. She pursued her Honours degree at the University of Cape Town before advancing to complete her Masters training at the University of Pretoria.

During her time at the University of Pretoria, Alexa delved into research focused on the identity formation of individuals of mixed-race heritage in post-apartheid South Africa, employing an autoethnographic approach to enrich her exploration.

Megan Brook-Sofianos

Megan Brook-Sofianos is an educational psychologist based in Johannesburg. She specializes in psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessment and is in the process of establishing her psychotherapy practice. Megan’s therapeutic approach is rooted in psychoanalytic theory, with a special focus on play therapy. Originally a teacher, Megan transitioned into psychology by completing her undergraduate modules while teaching. She pursued an Honour’s in Psychology, graduating cum laude. Despite initial setbacks in clinical psychology applications, Megan persevered and found her passion in educational psychology. She completed her M. Ed. in Educational Psychology at UJ, excelling academically and completing her internship at a Curro school in Johannesburg.

Khanyisile Manzini

Khanyisile Manzini brings over a decade of experience as a seasoned Counselling Psychologist to our esteemed panel. Graduating with merit, she obtained her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Zululand. Khanyisile’s professional interests encompass Ethics and Law, Psychological Assessment, and integrative therapeutic approaches. Currently serving as the Counselling Psychology Internship coordinator at the Area Military Health Unit (AMHU) in Gauteng, Khanyisile plays a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of counselling psychologists.

Robyn Mooney

Robyn Mooney is on the brink of completing her journey to become a Counselling Psychologist, gearing up to write her board exam in June 2024. Her academic path commenced at the University of Pretoria, where she earned her BSc in Genetics, Physiology, and Psychology. She furthered her studies by completing her Honours in Psychology at the University of Johannesburg, followed by her Master of Health Sciences in Counselling Psychology at North-West University.

Throughout her undergraduate and Honours studies, Robyn dedicated her time to volunteering and gaining hands-on experience in various psychology-related organizations. From LifeLine to Blymoedig Psychogeriatric facility and the SOWEL Centre, Robyn immersed herself in diverse facets of the field, honing her skills and identifying her professional niche.

Dylan Benyon

We are thrilled to announce Dylan Benyon as a speaker at the Cognition & Co Psychology Masterclass 2024. Dylan is the visionary Founder and Managing Director at Cognition & Co, leading initiatives to empower and support the psychology student community.

Having recently completed his Counselling Psychology Internship at the Area Military Health Unit in Gauteng, Dylan is eagerly awaiting his national board exam. His dedication and contributions to the field have not gone unnoticed. In 2021, Dylan was honored as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian, and in 2023, he was recognized as a Finalist in the TransUnion Rising Star Awards.


Evolving Landscape of Psychology in South Africa

Cerise RabieEducational PsychologistEducational Psychology100:02:50
Emma LombergCounselling PsychologistCounselling Psychology100:27:27
Lounette GraaffResearch ConsultantResearch Psychology101:07:28
Adrian Campos ChaconClinical PsychologistClinical Psychology101:34:53
Megan Brook-SofianosEducational PsychologistTaking Advantage of Learning Opportunities102:03:55

Masters Preparation Session

Robyn MooneyCounselling PsychologistFinding Your Niche102:29:19
Nevern SubermoneyClinical PsychologistEssential Skills for Aspiring Therapists200:00:15
Dylan BenyonCounselling PsychologistAuthenticity in Applications and Autobiographies200:23:55
Khanyisile ManziniCounselling PsychologistConfidence in Interviews200:42:55
Nina Striglia-WalkerClinical PsychologistRealities of Rejection201:02:05
Alexa BerlienClinical PsychologistSelf-care and Burnout201:30:30

Paper Presentation

NameTitleTopicPart Time
Matshepo SetlalelengResearch PsychologistJob-seeking Experiences of Unemployed Psychology Honours Graduates in South Africa201:58:55

Metaphorical Exercise

Mudalo NdouCounselling PsychologistGarden of Growth202:26:02


In order to provide the Psychology Students of South Africa with the utmost flexibility and convenience in accessing the Psychology Masterclass, we have designed it to be both online and on-demand. By opting for this innovative format, we aim to ensure that every student, regardless of their schedule or location, can seamlessly engage with the event.

Once you have purchased your ticket, you will gain exclusive access to the conference starting from 9 March 2024. What sets our conference apart is its on-demand feature, allowing you to tailor your learning experience to your own pace and preferences. Feel free to pause, resume, and revisit the recording as many times as needed, empowering you to absorb the wealth of information presented by our esteemed speakers at your convenience.

This unique on-demand access extends for a generous duration until 29 September 2024. This means you have a full six months to delve into the diverse perspectives shared by our speakers. Whether you are eager to revisit a specific session, catch up on missed content, or thoroughly study the entire conference, the flexibility offered ensures an inclusive and accessible learning opportunity for all.

Join us in this groundbreaking approach to conferencing, where the boundaries of time and location are transcended, and education becomes a tailored experience for each participant. Secure your ticket now for a transformative learning journey in the realm of psychology.


Tickets are booked through the Cognition & Co website. Cognition & Co accepts online payments using the safe and secure YOCO payment system. Please be certain to provide the correct email address when purchasing a ticket as this is how Cognition & Co will send the instructions to watch the event.

Once you have purchased your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive another email the moment the conference goes live that will include the link to login and watch the recording.


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