SASPA News and Updates


April 2017 (Volume I, Issue I)

Submissions to the HPCSA

  • SASPA proposal on the revised scope of practice for psychologists – 26 May 2017

Submissions to Government

  • Response from the chairperson of the South African School Psychologists’ Association (SASPA) to the National Department of Health’s White Paper on National Health Insurance for South Africa – 31 May 2016.
  • SASPA Comment Report: Draft Policy on Screening Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS) – 14 May 2014.

Press Statements

  • Press Release – 23 February 2017 Today the HPCSA Professional Board for Psychology released the Scope of Practice Guidelines for Educational Psychologists. The South African School Psychologists’ Association rejects and distances itself from this document. Psychologists were not consulted in the drawing up of these guidelines and organisations were not invited to present the views of their constituents. No democratic process was followed. It is SASPA’s view that this has been done in bad faith to the detriment of our profession. These guidelines do not accurately represent the clinical training, skills and competencies of educational psychologists. This document is bias, flawed and incorrect. SASPA represents clinical, counselling and educational psychologists from state hospitals, state schools, education district office, private schools, NGO’s, universities and private practice. We do not discriminate amongst psychologists from different registration categories. We ask that all colleagues stand against the splitting of our profession.Brandon Swanepoel
    Chairperson, South African School Psychologists’ Association


  • Press release – 2 March 2016The Role of Educational Psychologists
    The committees of the psychology organisations listed below note that there are different and contradictory interpretations of regulations of the Health Professions Council’s Professional Board for Psychology pertaining to the role of clinical, counselling and educational psychologists. Attempts to clarify these contradictions with the Professional Board for Psychology have not been successful. Consequently, non-regulatory organisations have stepped into the vacuum to define the scopes of practice of psychologists, in a manner that has often been prejudicial to the profession and the public.In a country suffering from a shortage of mental health services we cannot afford for the profession of Psychology to be weakened by such confusion. (There is approximately one applied psychologist per 9 000 people in South Africa.) We call upon the Professional Board for Psychology to protect the public and guide the profession by clarifying its current understandings of the regulations it passed relating to the scope of the profession of psychology, the scope of practice and the competences of various groups of psychologists.Acting in the best interests of the profession and the public, the Educational Psychology Association of South Africa, the South African School Psychologists’ Association and the Educational Psychology Division of the Psychological Society of South Africa have outlined their understanding of the role of educational psychologists. Interested parties may access this information on these organisations’ websites. We invite the Professional Board for Psychology to comment and to explicate what activities it believes different categories of psychologists should and should not be involved in based on its past consultations with the profession. We understand that the Professional Board for Psychology may want to refine its regulations going forward and following further consultation, but we call upon the Board to clarify its present position in explicit rather than vague terms, as its silence is perpetuating uncertainty for the public, professionals, medical aids and other organisations.This statement is supported by the following organisations:Educational Psychology Association of South Africa
    Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre Institute for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
    North-West University, School of Educational Studies: Subject group: Educational Psychology and Learner Support
    Psychological Society of South Africa: Division for Educational Psychology
    Recognition of Life Long Learning in Psychology Action Group
    South African Psychoanalytic Confederation
    South African Psychoanalysis Initiative
    South African School Psychologists Association