Workshops

Expert Presenters

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Prof Saths Cooper

Ethics: A Primer for Practice

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Dr Gerard Jacob

Dr Gerard Jacobs

Community-Based Psychological First Aid

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CBPFA helps the public provide basic psychological support to family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and to be more effective in managing their own stress.  CBPFA helps manage traumatic stress and can also be used to cope with daily challenges of life. CBPFA is sustainable. It is low-cost, requires little administration/staff, and is immediately useful in managing daily stressors.

The model is adapted to the strengths/needs of each community.  When preparing a CBPFA program, one typically works with a community committee, discussing how the training can best be adapted and implemented for that community.  The beginning topics include: Being a Helper; Traumatic Stress; Active Listening; Problem-Solving; Practical Assistance; When/How to Make a Referral for Additional Assistance; Grief/Bereavement; Self-Care; and Ethics.

This workshop will address these topics, present a sample of training in CBPFA, and provide suggestions for adaptation within different cultures.  It will also describe a typical Training of Trainers.

Carol Falender

Prof Carol Falender

Clinical Supervision: An Experiential Workshop

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Clinical supervision is now recognized as a distinct professional competency that requires education and training to perform.  Distinctive supervision practices are emerging with significant empirical support.  This workshop focuses on the use of

experiential practices in supervision to enhance supervisee competence and client outcomes.  Focus will be on core competencies and experiential practices in the systematic, intentional practice of clinical supervision, both with supervisees in the educational pipeline and with experienced professionals.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in skill set development to enhance culturally competent supervision with cultural humility.  Emphasis will be on establishing the supervisory relationship or alliance, managing reactivity or countertransference, value conflicts, addressing strains and ruptures, self-care, and legal, ethical, and regulatory factors.  Skills will include experiential processes of role-play, video review, ethical problem solving, and reflective practice.

Dr Louise Olivier

Dr Louise Olivier and Advocate Org Basson

Unpacking the forensic evaluation process: Not allowing red herrings to obscure the way

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A sound scientific and ethical approach as well as objectivity is the basis on which any forensic evaluation should be done. In order to ensure this, the psychologist doing the evaluation should be mindful of red herrings (conjured up by attorneys/advocates, the people involved in the litigation process, misconceptions and the circumstances of events).

This workshop will focus on unpacking the forensic evaluation process from the perspective of the psychologist from the contract with the attorney giving the brief to the end result of the evaluation process and testifying as an expert witness in court. This will include important aspects to be included in interviews, the selection of the test battery; obtaining collateral information, compiling the report and making recommendations. Red herrings intrinsic in the process will be discussed by utilising a case study (from start to finish).

Emphasis will also be placed on the expectations from the legal teams involved in the litigation from the psychologist (realistic and unrealistic expectations) and how the psychologist can answer to this.

 Prof Nhlanhla Mkhize (South Africa)Prof Tholene Sodi

Prof Nhlanhla Mkhize, Prof Tholene Sodi & Dr Lesiba Baloyi

African Centered Psychotherapy

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Individualistic western theoretical and philosophical frameworks inform the teaching and practice of psychotherapy in South Africa. The theories and philosophies are at variance with the epistemologies of the African majority, whose holistic Ubuntu worldview considers the individual as a dynamic system, with psychological, biological, social and spiritual components that need to maintained in harmony (balance or equilibrium). The current workshop reflects on the experiential and conceptual mis-alignment in psychotherapy with people of African ancestry. It introduces Ubuntu (NTU) healing and its key dimensions—spirituality, harmony, balance, interdependence, being as transformation, interconnectedness, etc. The presenters draw from their clinical work, as well as the participants’ experiences, to reflect on some the key themes and dynamics of African-oriented psychotherapy or healing. A framework for understanding ethical dilemmas in working with people of African ancestry is presented.

Prof Kobus Maree2

Prof Kobus Maree

Career (Construction) Counselling using Early Recollections and auxiliary Assessment Instruments

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Brief theoretical background: This hands-on workshop elaborates on Self-Construction Theory (SCT) (Guichard, 2009) and Career Construction Theory (CCT) (Savickas) and the Career Construction Interview (CCI) (as well as auxiliary career counselling techniques and strategies). Reflecting and reflexivity as integral aspects of 21st century career counselling are emphasised.

Practical implementation: The essentials of life-design counseling for career construction are practically demonstrated. After completion of this workshop, participants should

  1. understand and apply the theory of career construction counselling (or life-design counseling for career construction);
  2. be able to
  3. conduct the Career Construction Interview (CCI), including the Three Early Recollections technique, and
  4. apply auxiliary narrative techniques in real-life contexts;
  5. help people to identify key career-life themes and connect previously unconnected dots in their career-life stories.

The ultimate aim is to help people deal with multiple occupational and life transitions. To achieve this aim, they should be helped to obtain a clear sense of self and identity (who they are) and advise themselves regarding career-life decisions under the guidance of career counsellors.

Prof Stephen Stark

Prof Stephen Stark

International Test Commission: Item Response Theory (IRT)

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This workshop will introduce participants to item response theory (IRT) models and methods for improving the reliability and validity of test scores.  We will review logistic models for dichotomous and polytomous responses, as well as more recently developed ideal point models intended for “noncognitive” testing.  After reviewing model properties and assumptions, we will discuss some methods for checking model-data fit, computerized adaptive testing (CAT), and differential item functioning (DIF) and aberrant response detection. Slides from the workshop will be made available for download after the presentation, along with example analyses and relevant programs developed by the presenter.

Mr Rafiq Lockhat

Mr Rafiq Lockhat

Starting, Running and Maintaining a Successful Private Practice in Challenging Times

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This workshop is based on the experiences of Dr Ian Opperman and Mr Rafiq Lockhat, who together have over 50 years of private practice experience. Dr Opperman runs a successful upmarket practice in Johannesburg with predominantly cash paying patients. Mr Lockhat runs an equally successful practice in a working class area with predominantly medical aid patients. This workshop is unique in that it focusses on the full range of private practice issues across the economic spectrum.  Attendees can be assured of a stimulating ,enlightening and informative session. Issues  covered will  include  setting up, getting started ,marketing your practice, staffing, administration, practice management, taxation, legislative issues, billing, malpractice indemnity and self care among other topics pertinent to a private practice.   Psychologists already in practice and those wanting to start will benefit enormously.