Brandon Swanepoel

Brandon Swanepoel

SASPA Chairperson and Ethics Advisory Committee Chairperson

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Brandon holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand and is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as an educational psychologist. He currently works as a psychologist at St Vincent School for the Deaf and a part-time lecturer at the South African College of Applied Psychology. Brandon also runs a private practice with a strong focus on individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults and children. He is the founder and chairperson of the South African School Psychologists’ Association and stands as an executive member of:

  • The Educational Psychology Association of South Africa
  • The Institute for Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy
  • The South African Society for Mental Health and Deafness

Brandon has previously served as the Deputy Director of the Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre and the Vice Chair of the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation.

Tracy Kinnear

Tracy Kinnear

Secretary

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Tracy is a registered Educational Psychologist who is currently the Psychology Departmental Head at Delta Park Remedial School. She had been involved in the training and supervision of interns from various universities over the years. She has presented lectures at the University of Johannesburg to Psychology Honours students regarding remedial schools and to GDE educators as part of their Inclusion Training Course for the Gauteng Department of Education with lectures on Parent Consultations and Learning Disorders. Furthermore, she has assisted the University of Johannesburg with amanuensis training and has addressed schools on the Management of ADHD/ADD Learners in the Classroom. Tracy, with the assistance of her colleagues in the Psychology Department, is focusing on supporting the holistic development of their learners through the development of various programmes such as a Study Skills Programme for the learners and parents, Wellness Club, Social Skills Groups and the Parent Support Group.
Professor Cora Smith

Professor Cora Smith

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Cora is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of the Witwatersrand. She also holds a joint appointment post as the Chief Clinical Psychologist at Child, Adolescent and Family Unit, Johannesburg Hospital. She runs the CAFU Family Therapy Programme and teaches Trauma Counselling and Individual Psychotherapy with difficult children, adolescents and parents. Her interests are in the development of personality pathology through the life cycle. She has a keen interest in the ethical dilemmas that emerge in clinical practice. She is responsible for the training of MA Clinical Psychology Interns, as well as training of Child Psychiatry Specialists and Psychiatric Registrars in psychotherapy. Her Master’s research was in the development of LOC in Children from Disadvantaged backgrounds and her PhD on the Effects of Parent’s Work, Life and Marital stressors on the development of Child Psychopathology and Scholastic Performance. She has numerous publications in the field. Prof. Smith has supervised several MMed and PhD theses. She is also acted as examiner for the MMed Psychotherapy, FC Psych Psychology Msc. Neurodevelopmental Paedicatrics and Child Psychiatry Sub-Specialist Fellows. She serves on the Human Ethics Research Committee at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has also presented several papers on the ethical dilemmas faced in the practice of psychotherapy.

Ethics Committee

Dr Marita Brink

Dr Marita Brink

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  1. Marita Brink received a doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Potchefstroom in February 1973. She had previously also completed a University Diploma in Education, specialising in Counselling.
  2. She registered as a clinical psychologist in February 1974 (PS0002020).
  3. After working as a senior lecturer at Potchefstroom University, lecturing in Child Psychology and Clinical Psychology, she accepted a post as senior lecturer and was subsequently promoted to Professor in Clinical Psychology at the Rand Afrikaans University. Her teaching brief included under- and post-graduate lecturing in Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Personality Assessment.
  4. During this time she was an active committee member of the S.A. Institute for Family Therapy and also worked as forensic psychologist in divorce cases.
  5. She has been in private practice since 1981. She has continued to do part-time lecturing and supervision of M.A. (Clin) students at various universities. Up to the present date she is still running workshops for postgraduate students at the University of Johannesburg and the University of the North West. In addition to clinical work with families and individuals, she has been offering weekend courses for qualified professionals since 1990 up to the present date. These training courses dealt with a variety of clinical, educational and ethical issues. She has been registered with the HPCSA as a service provider for Level 1 activities (Accreditation number PSB015).
  6. The supervision of qualified psychologists forms an important part of her practice. Much of this work includes dealing with children and parents involved in divorce and custody issues.
  7. Together with the other members of the group of supervisors she belongs to, she has co-authored the book ‘The supervision of counsellors in South Africa’ which was launched in 2006. She has also published chapters and articles on developmental and clinical psychology, as well as assessment locally and internationally.
  8. She has been involved in formal personality assessment training, including training in the Rorschach personality test since 1974 and is currently still doing basic training in the R-PAS, as well as facilitating an advanced discussion group on the Rorschach and other tests, such as the WISC-IV, WAIS IV, the and the WIAT-II.
  9. She has been elected as a member and vice-chair person of the Ethics Committee of the South African School Psychology Association. (2015)
Dr Martin Strous

Dr Martin Strous

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Dr Martin Strous holds a BA, BA Hons, M.ED and PhD from Wits and a Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. He is registered with the HPCSA as an educational psychologist and with the British Psychological Society as a Chartered Psychologist Specialising in Psychotherapy. He worked at King David School, Sandton, and lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has published and reviewed academic material, authored a book, Racial Sensitivity and Multicultural Training, and served as an associate editor of the South African Journal of Psychology. He has been an active member of the Educational Psychology Task Team, the Psychology Advocacy Group, the Psychology Advisory Panel to Discovery Health, PsySSA`s Division of Educational Psychology, the Southern African Association for Learning and Educational Disabilities and the Educational Psychology Association of South Africa. He is a past school PTA chairperson and a medical centre trustee. His private practice has focused on the assessment of learning and emotional difficulties, psychotherapy with adults and children, marital and family therapy, and psycho-legal assessments.
Lara Rammutla

Lara Rammutla

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Lara Rammutla holds a M.Ed. (Educational Psychology) and a BSc in Education. She is registered with the HPSCA as an Educational Psychologist and currently works full time at St Mary’s school in Waverley. Lara has extensive teaching experience where she taught in high school for 14 years. She runs a private practice at 57 Oxford road, Saxonwold and is affiliated with ICAS as a service provider. Lara has been a guest speaker on Motswako, SABC2, and has served as a consultant for a few magazine articles on psychological issues. Lara was employed in a wellness centre for a short period where she focused mainly on employee wellness. Lara worked in the family and divorce mediation department at FAMSA as a sessional worker, which remains one of her passions. Her services include: individual therapy for children, teenagers and adults; family mediation and parents support; couples counselling and dealing with divorce; school readiness evaluations; psycho-educational assessments, parent guidance; learning support; informative mini-workshops with staff and parents as well as ‘round table discussions’ at her school. Lara wishes to pursue and grow further as a speaker, with specific interest in parents’ talks.
Dr Tiaan Kirsten

Dr Tiaan Kirsten

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Tiaan holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and an LLB. He is registered as an Educational Psychologist and is admitted as an attorney. During the course of his career he has been a teacher-counselor at Port Natal High School in Durban, a lecturer at Durban College of Education and an academic for 20 years at North-West University in Educational Psychology with his research foci on health promotion; and psychological violence experienced by teachers. He has presented numerous papers and national and international conferences, has published and supervised a number of Masters and Doctoral students. He is currently practicing law in Potchefstroom in areas of civil, criminal and medical law. As such he advises and assists psychologists on professional matters and lectures ethics and law for Educational Psychology students at North-West University. He is a member of the executive of EPASSA and is serving on the newly constituted Ethics Task Team of the Professional Board for Psychology.
Dr Doret Kirsten

Dr Doret Kirsten

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Doret is registered with the HPCSA as an Educational and Clinical Psychologist. She is currently in private practice and senior lecturer in neuropsychology, psychopathology and child development at North West University. She has 23 years of experience lecturing to and training clinical, counseling and educational psychologists and registered counselors. Doret has presented and published multiple national and international talks and journal articles. She is an executive member of the Educational Psychology Association of South Africa.

Training Committee

Anzaret van Rooyen

Anzaret van Rooyen

Head of Training Committee

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Anzaret is a registered Counselling Psychologist who has been working at Lantern Remedial School for the past 8 years. She is one of five psychologists who are actively involved on a daily basis in the screening- and assessment process of new learners. Individual counselling, as well as parental guidance and support, are given to deal with various issues. She is part of the District Admissions Team for Specialised Schools (DATSS) on the West Rand. After hours, she is an affiliate of the Independent Counselling Advisory Service (ICAS), which is the world’s leading provider of behavioural risk management services to the business community.
Adéle du Plessis

Adéle du Plessis

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Adéle du Plessis is a registered educational psychologist with teaching experience, local and abroad. At present she works as a resident psychologist at Helpmekaar College. She runs a private practice at Mayo Clinic 6, Floracliff as well as the LCS Centre, Strubensvalley. She also serves as part-time NWU BEd Honours lecturer/facilitator for post-graduates specialising in Learning Support. Adéle has been a guest speaker on SABC 1’s Blue Couch and is also involved in Brainbow’s community enrichment programme. She was previously concerned with employee wellness and also developed material for corporate leadership development. Adéle is passionate about upliftment in her role as the link between learners, their parents and the school environment. Her services include counselling; dealing with the effect of divorce; living with grief; school readiness evaluations; psycho-educational assessments; LSEN and special school placements; individual/class/group therapy; parent guidance; informative mini-workshops with staff and/or parents as well as ‘round table discussions’ in an attempt to facilitate a way forward pertaining to sensitive issues between various role players. Adéle wishes to uncover potential and to make a difference.

Media and Communications Committee

Candice Yorke

Candice Yorke

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Candice holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Pretoria and is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Counselling Psychologist. Prior to this, Candice completed an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Journalism at Rhodes University.
With a special interest in working with children, Candice is currently working at Forest Town School for Children with Special Needs. She has also worked in children’s home and high schools in both Johannesburg and Pretoria. Having worked in such environments, Candice appreciates the value of working holistically with children. She enjoys engaging parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals into the treatment process.
Candice works on a part-time basis in a private practice. Here she continues to see children and adolescents for therapy and assessments. School placement, career assessment, study skills as well as coping and resilience skills are areas Candice often works with.
Lloyd Ripley-Evans

Lloyd Ripley-Evans

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Lloyd obtained a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Johannesburg, and is currently registered as an Educational Psychologist with the Health professions Council of South Africa. Lloyd currently heads the Wellness Team at St David’s Marist Inanda where he oversees the holistic support and intervention of the pupils, staff and parents, considering one’s emotional, behavioural, academic and social well-being. Lloyd has a particular interest in the parenting relationship and discipline structures within a family, and works closely with families to help facilitate necessary change. In addition, Lloyd is a part-time lecturer at the South African College of Applied Psychology; an executive board member of the South African School Psychologists’ Association (SASPA), and runs a part-time private practice offering assessments, individual therapy, family intervention, workshops and presentations.

Supervision

Dr Marita Brink

Dr Marita Brink

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  1. Marita Brink received a doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Potchefstroom in February 1973. She had previously also completed a University Diploma in Education, specialising in Counselling.
  2. She registered as a clinical psychologist in February 1974 (PS0002020).
  3. After working as a senior lecturer at Potchefstroom University, lecturing in Child Psychology and Clinical Psychology, she accepted a post as senior lecturer and was subsequently promoted to Professor in Clinical Psychology at the Rand Afrikaans University. Her teaching brief included under- and post-graduate lecturing in Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Personality Assessment.
  4. During this time she was an active committee member of the S.A. Institute for Family Therapy and also worked as forensic psychologist in divorce cases.
  5. She has been in private practice since 1981. She has continued to do part-time lecturing and supervision of M.A. (Clin) students at various universities. Up to the present date she is still running workshops for postgraduate students at the University of Johannesburg and the University of the North West. In addition to clinical work with families and individuals, she has been offering weekend courses for qualified professionals since 1990 up to the present date. These training courses dealt with a variety of clinical, educational and ethical issues. She has been registered with the HPCSA as a service provider for Level 1 activities (Accreditation number PSB015).
  6. The supervision of qualified psychologists forms an important part of her practice. Much of this work includes dealing with children and parents involved in divorce and custody issues.
  7. Together with the other members of the group of supervisors she belongs to, she has co-authored the book ‘The supervision of counsellors in South Africa’ which was launched in 2006. She has also published chapters and articles on developmental and clinical psychology, as well as assessment locally and internationally.
  8. She has been involved in formal personality assessment training, including training in the Rorschach personality test since 1974 and is currently still doing basic training in the R-PAS, as well as facilitating an advanced discussion group on the Rorschach and other tests, such as the WISC-IV, WAIS IV, the and the WIAT-II.
  9. She has been elected as a member and vice-chair person of the Ethics Committee of the South African School Psychology Association. (2015)
Prof Cora Smith

Prof Cora Smith

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Cora is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of the Witwatersrand. She also holds a joint appointment post as the Chief Clinical Psychologist at Child, Adolescent and Family Unit, Johannesburg Hospital. She runs the CAFU Family Therapy Programme and teaches Trauma Counselling and Individual Psychotherapy with difficult children, adolescents and parents. Her interests are in the development of personality pathology through the life cycle. She has a keen interest in the ethical dilemmas that emerge in clinical practice. She is responsible for the training of MA Clinical Psychology Interns, as well as training of Child Psychiatry Specialists and Psychiatric Registrars in psychotherapy. Her Master’s research was in the development of LOC in Children from Disadvantaged backgrounds and her PhD on the Effects of Parent’s Work, Life and Marital stressors on the development of Child Psychopathology and Scholastic Performance. She has numerous publications in the field. Prof. Smith has supervised several MMed and PhD theses. She is also acted as examiner for the MMed Psychotherapy, FC Psych Psychology Msc. Neurodevelopmental Paedicatrics and Child Psychiatry Sub-Specialist Fellows. She serves on the Human Ethics Research Committee at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has also presented several papers on the ethical dilemmas faced in the practice of psychotherapy.
Renate Gericke

Renate Gericke

Head of Advocacy Committee

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Renate Gericke is a clinical psychologist and lecturer attached to the University of the Witwatersrand where she trains masters level students in clinical and educational psychology. Previous to this she worked at the Child, Adolescent and Family Unit at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, and at the Acute Psychiatric Ward and Renal Unit at Helen Joseph Hospital, attached to the University of the Witwatersrand Neurosciences Department. She supervised intern psychologists and psychiatric registrars in psychotherapy. Her clinical expertise is in child pathology, attachment, play therapy, child assessment and psychodynamic individual psychotherapy. Her research is primarily in the field of attachment and child pathology. She has a private practice where she also provides supervision to practicing psychologists. Renate also regularly presents at conferences (national and international), externals at other universities and has published. At times she provides commentary on psychological issues in the media. Renate is currently completing a doctorate in attachment.

Membership

Charnée Beddy

Charnée Beddy

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Charnée Beddy holds a BA. Primary Education (Junior Primary) teaching degree from the University of Pretoria (1998-2001), where she majored in Psychology and Education. Thereafter, she completed an Advanced Certificate in Special Needs Education (Cum Laude) from the University of Pretoria (2002-2003). She also attained two Honours Degrees from UNISA namely; An Honours Degree in Special Needs Education (2003-2005) and a Hons BEd Specialisation in School Guidance and Counselling (2005-2006). She has a MEd Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Johannesburg and is registered with the HPCSA (since January 2012).

She has been working as an Educational Psychologist at Lantern School, a Remedial School in Johannesburg since March 2012. Charnée is one of five psychologists who assist with the screening and assessment process of new learners in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team at Lantern School. Counselling with learners (individual and group), as well as parental guidance and interventions are provided in order to try to help support learners, parents, teachers and external professionals involved in being able to address the variety of challenges that they respectively face. She is part of the District Admissions Team for Specialized Schools (DATSS) on the West Rand.

Charnée served as a Lifeline Counsellor and facilitator in Pretoria from the period of 2004 until 2006. She has also worked as a volunteer Educational Psychologist at OASIS Haven of Love, which places abandoned children into Forever Families situated in Johannesburg. Her responsibility at the time was to assist and support the children’s emotional wellbeing and to work collaboratively with all role players concerned to try to enhance each child’s holistic development and functioning in an optimal manner. She also served as a Board Member of OASIS Haven for the period of 2009.

Charnée was appointed as a Tutor for the MEd Educational Psychology first and second year students from the period 2011 until 2013 at the University of Johannesburg. She presented her Minor Dissertation for MEd Educational Psychology entitled, “A Case Study on the Internal Resources that contribute to the Resilience of an Adolescent Learner who Heads a Child-Headed Household.” (Cum Laude) in the form of a poster presentation at the ICP (International Conference of Psychology), held at the Cape Town Convention Centre in July 2012.

Charnée is a Board Member of the South African School Psychologists Association of South Africa (SASPA). She has a heartfelt desire for each learner in her care to develop their unique potential, strengths, talent(s) and aptitude in order to make a meaningful contribution to the society in which they live, thereby fulfilling their life purpose.