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Psychology in Africa must cater for the majority of the population and not a minority, as the system remains Westernised in an African society. Our Vice-chair, Muhammed Yaeesh Cassim, participated in the plenary at the 6th Southern African Students’ Psychology Conference and brings us this week's Monday Motivation. @psyssa6807 @moe21_10

Cape Town, Western Cape

We had the best time at our Western Cape social event! Student Division members were invited to a social gathering by Genevieve Burrow, our Western Cape Regional Representative. Although the event was scheduled to take 1.5 hours to two hours max, our members stayed for four hours! We introduced ourselves and discussed studying psychology at universities, postgraduate studies, different disciplines, and a great deal of advice and suggestions were offered. It was a fantastic day and we are excited that we were able to introduce SD members to one another to start networking, and gaining the support needed. Thank you to those who made it, we look forward to the next one!

Deliberating weekend plans: Yes-no-maybe 🤷🏼‍♀️

University of Pretoria

On Wednesday, the Student Division Executive Committee and Subcommittee members supported the launch of 'Transforming Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Case Studies from South Africa' at the University of Pretoria. In attendance was Mr Hennie Nel (Student Division Chairperson), Ms Maham Hasan (Division for Research and Methodology Student Representative), Cecilia Steenkamp (Psychology in Public Services Student Representative), and Ms Muofhe Shelot (SD member). Guest speakers included PsySSA Leadership: • Co-editor, Professor Sumaya Laher (Assistant Professor at Wits) • Professor Garth Stevens (Dean, Humanities at Wits and President-elect of the Psychological Society of South Africa); • Professor Peace Kiguwa (Associate Prof - Wits Psychology department and chapter author). In addition, Professor Brendon Barnes (Prof and HOD UJ Psychology department and chapter author). @psyssa6807 @hendrik_stols @maham_hasan

Panic Awareness Day 2019: Ever felt like you’re having a heart attack – pounding heart, trembling, shortness of breath, lightheadedness – only to realise it’s “just” a panic attack or attack? These experiences may be deeply troubling, terrifying and confusing. Today, for Panic Awareness Day, we take a look at panic and attacks, their symptoms, and techniques that may assist in alleviating the symptoms.

GAUTENG: This is your last chance to RSVP to attend the book launch of 'Transforming Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Case Studies from South Africa.'! Have you ever wondered if research methods can be transformative or transformed? Researchers in social science have attempted to answer this question in a new Wits Press book publication titled “Transformative Research Methods in Social Sciences”. This is an incredible opportunity to join guest speakers, including the co-editor, Professor Sumaya Laher (Assistant Professor at Wits), in addition to: - Prof Garth Stevens (Dean, Humanities at Wits and President-elect of the Psychological Society of South Africa); - Prof Peace Kiguwa (Associate Prof - Wits Psychology department and chapter author) - Prof Brendon Barnes (Prof and HOD UJ Psychology department and chapter author). (That is a very impressive list of guest speakers!) WHEN: Wednesday 10 July from 16:15-17:30 WHERE: The Auditorium, Future Africa, Hillcrest Campus, University of Pretoria. RSVP: Maham.hasan@up.ac.za by Tuesday 09 July 2019, at the latest. The book launch is part of the Unsettling Paradigms Conference programme (Plenary 2) taking place at the University of Pretoria and will be followed by a cocktail event and Play by Mike van Graan. Please see the invitation attached for further details. Looking forward to seeing you there! @psyssa6807

Ever wondered if research methods can be transformative or transformed? Researchers in social science have attempted to answer this question in a new Wits Press book publication titled “Transformative Research Methods in Social Sciences”. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the book launch of 'Transforming research in the Social Sciences.' Professor Sumaya Laher (co-editor of the book and Ass. Professor at Wits Psychology department) invites you to join guest speakers - Prof Garth Stevens (Dean, Humanities at Wits and President-elect of the Psychological Society of South Africa); - Prof Peace Kiguwa (Associate Prof - Wits Psychology department and chapter author) - Prof 
Brendon Barnes (Prof and HOD UJ Psychology department and chapter author) to the book launch of Transforming Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Case Studies from South Africa. WHEN: Wednesday 10 July from 16:15-17:30 WHERE: The Auditorium, Future Africa, Hillcrest Campus, University of Pretoria RSVP: Maham.hasan@up.ac.za 
by Monday 8 July 2019 The book launch is part of the Unsettling Paradigms Conference programme (Plenary 2) taking place at the University of Pretoria and will be followed by a cocktail event and Play by Mike van Graan. Please see the invitation attached for further details. Looking forward to seeing you there! @psyssa6807

Student Division members from the @Student Society of Psychology @sspukzn, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal @ukzn , volunteered at the 5th Annual Mental Health symposium which was hosted by the KZN Mental Health Advocacy Group along with The South African Depression and Anxiety Group @thesadag. Volunteers were in charge of registration, ushering attendees and assisted inside the venue. The symposium consisted of speakers from various sectors of the helping profession. Some of the speakers included: • Dr Lotties Labys, a Clinical Psychologist and Founder of the The Center for Living. • Professor Arvin Bhana: Chief Specialist Scientist, Medical Research Council. • Ms Chantelle Booysen: Activist, Movemen for Global Mental Health. • Dr Goodman Sibeko: Head, Division for Addiction Psychiatricy. UCT. • Ms Desiree Govender: Chief Physiotherapist. G. J. Crooks Hospital. • Mrs Winnie B. Cele: Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing, UKZN. In the first picture: Front row, from left to right: Ms Chantelle Booysen (SADAG KZN Project Manager and Youth Ambassador), Suntosh Pillay (Clinical Psychologist), Dr. Lynn Norton (SADAG KZN Project Manager, PhD Health Promotion), Dr. Suvira Ramlall (Psychiatrist)  Back row, left to right: Sinegugu, Kelsey Nightingale, Tristan Pillay, Noor Ahmad, Rivendri Govender, Lynne Richards, Tamana Dhaja, Maryam Gangat, Zinhle Rivendri Govender

PsySSA SD Community Development: Readers are Leaders: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela. Education is one of the most important aspects of an individual’s development. Research shows that a lack of access to reading material and textbooks are two of the main reasons that 78% of South African children in grade three are still unable to read for meaning. In honour of Thatha Madiba and Madiba month, Student Division will be running a “Readers are Leaders” Educational campaign. For the month of July, SD will collect new and used fiction and non-fiction books in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. These books will be donated to underprivileged schools and youth care centres. Education is the key to providing our youth with options and possibilities and brighter futures. Please assist us in reaching our target of 1000 books nationwide. 📚📖 For information on collection points kindly contact our team via email: psyssastudentblue@gmail.com (Western Cape). psyssasdcomm@gmail.com (Gauteng/ KZN). @rivendri2709 @lynnerichards02 @genevieve.jo.11

♀ WESTERN CAPE WOMEN’S DAY CAMPAIGN ♀ The PsySSA Student Division is supporting the Vrygrond Community Reading Centre’s Women’s Day initiative on 9 August 2019. The centre is a not-for-profit organisation in Cape Town’s Vrygrond area that focuses on empowerment and raising awareness, as well as job creation through the exposure to skills within the organisation. This year, they are offering fifty women in the Vrygrond community a day of pampering and fun. The women will be treated to manicures and pedicures, and a delicious chicken curry. The Student Division is appealing for donations, including toiletries and food, to make this a day to remember for these fifty special ladies! 💅🏾🍴 😋👑 By contributing to our campaign, you will instantly make a difference! To show your support, please contact Genevieve: psyssastudentblue@gmail.com. "Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights." - Mahnaz Afkhami https://vrygrondreadingcentre.co.za/

In honour of Pride Month, the Student Division brings you a special interview, "Lived experiences of a psychology student in South Africa: A PsySSA Student Division Initiative". LINK IN BIO @psyssa6807 https://mailchi.mp/e2d9bf853841/lived-experiences-of-a--psychology-student-in-south-africa-a-psyssa-student-division-initiative 📷 *Kyle Rodrigues

I'd rather download Trojan malware than deal with Statistics 🙈😥🐴

📚STUDENT DIVISION'S WESTERN CAPE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CAMPAIGN: The Vrygrond Community Reading Centre (https://www.facebook.com/readingcente/) is a not-for-profit organisation in Cape Town’s Vrygrond area that focuses on empowerment and raising awareness, as well as job creation through the exposure to skills within the organisation. The organisation offers reading education for children and s, including illiteracy programmes, fire-awareness workshops, HIV/AIDS workshops, school holiday programmes (including providing children with meals), and various other community upliftment initiatives. The organisation believes in the provision of knowledge to unlock poverty and all the social ills that surround the community. This year, the PsySSA Student Division’s national Community Development Subcommittee is launching several campaigns aimed at upliftment and empowerment, and the Western Cape division is partnering with the Vrygrond Community Reading Centre to provide them with the support and resources they desperately need. ♀The first campaign is the centre’s Women’s Day initiative, and when our Western Cape Regional Representative, Genevieve Burrow, met with the organisation’s Jane Sylvester and Chenyll Landrew, she delivered teddies and soft toys that had kindly been donated on behalf of the Student Division. Thank you to all our contributors whose donations brought smiles to every child! 🐻 We are excited for the year ahead and the difference we can make in this community. More information will be provided soon. Western Cape members – let’s get involved! 🌊⛰️ https://vrygrondreadingcentre.co.za/ @genevieve.jo.11 @rivendri2709 @lynnerichards02

@psyssa6807 • • • • • • Today marks the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Globally governments, organizations and individuals come to actively participate in promotional events and activities such as mass media involvement, public rallies and promoting awareness of the dangers associated with long-term drug abuse See the UN website for more details: www.un.org/en/events/drugabuseday/

@cognitionandco • • • • • • Earlier today, Cognition & Co presented at their first conference – The 6th Southern African Students’ Psychology Conference. Dylan Benyon (founder of Cognition & Co) along with Muhammed Cassim (@psyssa_student_division) presented a workshop called “My Place in Psychology – A New Dawn.” In order to prepare for the conference, Cognition & Co wanted to create an infographic flow chart that outlined the route to becoming a registered psychology professional in South Africa. We thought it only fair to share that document with the students of South Africa that weren't able to attend this year's conference. Visit our website for more information on the infographic; https://cognitionandco.co.za/2019/06/24/route-to-becoming-a-psychologist-in-south-africa/

The Student Division in Gauteng held their first members social gathering on Saturday. The event was attended by mentors and mentees from the Mentorship Programme, and was additionally open to all Student Division members. The day included similarity exercises to familiarise members with one another, a discussion about Psychology, and a thoroughly enjoyable game of 30 Seconds! It was fantastic to gather together some of our members so that they could meet one another, network with other SD members at various levels of their academic and professional careers, network and meet our Leadership team! Thank you to our SD members who made it! And thanks to the organisers for making it possible.

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