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Psychology in Schools Symposium 2018

Applying state-of-the-art psychological science to improve the learning and developmental processes for all students, is at the cornerstone of a mental health practitioner’s role within an educational context. However, this mandate is complicated by ethical dilemmas and a changing world of technological and theoretical advances. It, therefore, becomes imperative for all registered counsellors and psychologists working within schools, to be up-to-date with advances within the field of school psychology. As a step towards the goal of continuous professional development, SAHETI Psychology Department invites you to our 2018 symposium, specifically aimed at providing you with contemporary developments in the field.

Register now and gain knowledge and skills in the field of school psychology that increase your effectiveness in dealing with the learning and developmental needs of children and adolescents.

 

Psychology in School Symposium 2018

 

Ethics, Technology, Psychotherapy, Assessment and School Safety

 

R500 for Registered Psychologists | R300 Students & Interns

 

 

Plus, earn 6 CPD Points – included in the symposium price!

 

 

LEARN FROM LEADING
INNOVATORS, THINKERS & PRACTITIONERS IN THE FIELD

 

Gertie Pretorius
Walking a Tight Rope:
Ethical Pitfalls when working in Schools as Psychological Practitioners and how to avoid them

Prof Gertie Pretorius

 

In this session, Prof Pretorius will examine the complexity of School Systems by using a Systems Theoretical approach. The purpose of this conceptualisation will be to contextualise ethical dilemmas in the variety of systems that have to be balanced in order to ensure ethical practice. The relevant legislation, including the Bill of Rights (Chapter 2 of the Constitution), the Schools Act and the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 will be explained, whereafter the most important ethical principles that influence ethical thinking will be presented. Finally, the focus will shift to the Code of Conduct for Psychologists, as it should ideally be practised in a school context will be highlighted.

A bit about:

Prof Gertie Pretorius, Counselling and Research Psychologist, has been registered as a Counselling Psychologist for the past 36 years and as a Research Psychologist for the past nine years. Apart from her professional qualifications as a Psychologist she also holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy, specialising in Ethics. She practices privately, and fulfils her vocation as a therapist and conducting Psycho-Legal evaluations and assessments in family as well as criminal cases. Professor Pretorius is an accredited CPD provider and supervises and trains psychologists in HPCSA accredited programmes. Professor Pretorius has served on the Professional Board of Psychology in various capacities.
 
Ian Opperman
New Kid on the Block:
Brainspotting as an Effective Psychotherapeutic Intervention

Dr Ian Opperman

 

Brainspotting was developed by David Grand, PhD., and is described by him as a robust, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation, and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Trauma can overwhelm the brain’s processing capacity, leaving behind pieces of the trauma, frozen in an unprocessed state. Join Dr Ian Opperman as he explores how Brainspotting uses our field of vision to find where we are holding these traumas in our brain and how it promotes the deep processing that leads to the trauma’s release and resolution.

A bit about:

Dr Ian Opperman, Clinical and Educational Psychologist, has completed international training in all the modalities he presents and specialises in. He has been the keynote speaker at numerous international and local congresses on a wide variety of topics. Dr Opperman has published peer-review articles in local and international scientific journals. He serves in leadership positions in the field of psychology, including being elected onto the Executive Committee of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), Chairman of the PsySSA Tariffs Committee, member of the Private Practice Committee of PsySSA, and he is the past President of the South African Society of Clinical Hypnosis (SASCH). Dr Opperman also lectures and supervises Honours students at the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP), and when required, he presents at conferences, seminars, and school teacher meetings.
 
Elzette Fritz
Letting off steam versus bubbling over:
Self-Regulation Techniques for Children & Adolescents

Dr Elzette Fritz

 

When considering emotional regulation, the image of a volcano comes to mind. The difference between a person and a volcano, however, is that with guidance and appropriate techniques, a person can prevent emotional outbursts that can result in fragmented intra- and interpersonal relationships. Understanding the functioning of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system is key to reading the signs for emotional regulation versus dysregulation. In this workshop, we will explore trauma through a developmental and gender lens, shedding light on the fascinating interplay between neuropsychology and gender. With a solid grounding in research and experiential activities, this workshop will explore techniques to read the emotional barometer pertaining to sensations in the body linked to emotional activation and how to let off steam in a socially acceptable manner.

A bit about:

Dr Elzette Fritz, Educational Psychologist, is in private practice at Leeuwenhof Akademie and a research and teaching associate in the Department of Educational Psychology, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She was the coordinator for the Masters Educational Psychology programme, with lecturing responsibilities in therapeutic interventions and counselling skills in the Department of Educational psychology, University of Johannesburg, for nine years. She is a fellow director of MEISA (Milton Ericksonian Institute of South Africa) that provides training to professionals in Ericksonian hypnotherapy and ego state therapy and is the past-president of SAPSAC (South African Professional Society for the Abuse of Children). She has presented at international and national conferences on the utilization of Ericksonian principles in conjunction with ego states therapy, especially utilizing creative expressive art in therapy. She has published numerous academic articles and contributed chapters towards books related to therapeutic skills and ego state therapy in combination with creative expressive art therapy.
 
Athena Clayton
Advances in Psychological Educational Assessment:
The School Neuropsychological Approach

Ms Athena Clayton

 

The field of psychoeducation assessments is evolving rapidly. There is a growing understanding of the complex interactions of the numerous cognitive and neuropsychological processes, and how these affect a child’s performance in the classroom. This talk will look beyond the standard interpretation of test scores, and focus on a more layered understanding of how the various processes intertwine and how integrated analysis of results may be used to provide enhanced insight into a child’s abilities. In this session, we will discuss assessments measures that are typically used in psychoeducational assessments and exploring additional assessment measures that may be used. Furthermore, this session will outline the Cross-battery Approach and the School Neuropsychology framework for integrating assessment findings. Lastly, we will look at how to refine assessment recommendations based on these approaches.

A bit about:

Ms Athena Clayton, Educational Psychologist, is principally based at SAHETI School in Bedfordview, where her work focuses on the Foundation Phase. She also does part-time psychoeducational assessments for a therapy services company in Parkhurst. Athena is also a sessional lecturer and supervisor at the South African College for Applied Psychology in Johannesburg. She is a trained early interventionist, and has worked with families of deaf and hard-of-hearing children to teach them ways of communicating with their children. Her interest lies in assessing, identifying, and addressing developmental gaps and learning difficulties that children may present with, as well as doing play therapy to address a variety of emotional and social difficulties that a child may experience. She is especially interested in neuropsychological assessment of children and mathematical learning.
 
Hannes Wessels
Becoming an e-Daptable Practioner:
How Technology can Help you in your work with Children & Adolescents

Mr Hannes Wessels

 

The technologies of the connected world have webbed themselves into our lives. These technologies provide new challenges and new opportunities. With the advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution, psychologists are called onto become E-Daptable. In other words, how can psychologists use the available technologies to benefit their clients? This talk will highlight the challenges presented by the 4th Industrial Revolution and provide some practical uses to help your clients in-session and systemically.
 

A bit about:

Mr Hannes Wessels, Educational Psychologist, is based in Parkhusrt and Centurion. As an educational psychologist, he strives to help his clients live rich and meaningful lives despite the obstacles and pain they might experience. Therefore, he is passionate about Career Counseling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. He is also a lecturer at the South African College of Applied Psychology and has presented at national and international conferences on topics related to technology, social media and career counselling, the highlight being presenting at the International Congress of Psychology in Yokohama Japan in 2015.
 
Gerard Labuschagne
The Samurai Killer:
Lessons Learned in Keeping Our School Safe

Prof Gérard Labuschagne

 

In August 2008 a matric learner went to his school, and at the start of the school day donned a home‐made mask, took a ‘samurai’ sword and attached the people around him. He killed a learner and seriously injured another learner and two members of the school’s auxiliary staff. After this attack, he calmly sat down, where he was apprehended by school staff. Many people said that this student ‘snapped’; however, as with other international mass school violence incidents, there was a noticeable series of telling signs leading up to the incident. This presentation discusses this case, its pre‐incident warning signs, and how threat assessment and management can help prevent a wide range of target violence incidents in the educational environment.

A bit about:

Professor Gérard Labuschagne, Clinical Psychologist, is currently a Director of L&S Threat Management, South Africa’s first sole-purpose threat assessment and management company focusing on workplace violence and threats. Before taking up this position he was the Section Head of the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Investigative Psychology Section (IPS) for 14 years where he resigned on the rank of Brigadier. He is a clinical psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and a criminologist with the Criminological Society of Sothern Africa, and Advocate of the High Court (non-practicing). He has an extensive list of publications in academic peer-reviewed journals and chapters in international textbooks, and presentations at international conferences. Over his 14 years of service in the SAPS he has assisted in the investigation of over 110 serial murderers and over 200 serial rapists.
 

 

Psychology in School Symposium 2018

 

Ethics, Technology, Psychotherapy, Assessment and School Safety

 

R500 for Registered Psychologists | R300 Students & Interns

 

 

Plus, earn 6 CPD Points – included in the symposium price!