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CPD Overview

Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa

Professional Practice

The Professional Practice Portfolio aims to serve Industrial and Organisational Psychology practitioners (including Psychologists, Psychometrists and Counsellors) with professional development needs by enhancing professional competence, advising in applied ethics, and supporting professional sustainability. Below are the critical roles of Professional Practice.

The Role of Professional Practice

  • Enhance professional competence and improve performance.
  • Advise in applied ethics and supporting professional sustainability.
  • Adhere to the highest academic, professional, and   ethical   standards
  • Provide excellent quality assurance,
  • Advise on all CPD-related activities.
  • Oversee subcommittees such as the Workplace Counselling and Forensic Psychology

Sustainability Mindset – Focus on Accreditation

  • Maintain the Accreditation Status
  • Streamline the CPD Process
  • Adhere to guidelines as stipulated by HPCSA
  • Increase our market share of accreditation

Accreditation Process

On 9 December 2016 the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) awarded the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) CPD accreditor status in the field of Industrial and Organisational (IO) Psychology and Psychometry.

Prior to SIOPSA being awarded this accreditation status, there were only 4 CPD accreditors with none of them specializing in the field of IO Psychology.  With SIOPSA now able to accredit CPD-related events for continuing education units, we can further lighten the HPCSA’s burden by performing the relevant accreditation, administration and compliance monitoring tasks.

We encourage you, therefore, to consider registering your CPD events targeted at IO Psychology professionals, with SIOPSA.

Below is the process to apply to become a service provider or accredited service provider

CPD Accredited Activities

It is our continuous pledge to provide our members with cost effective and value-added service such as e-CPD.

All SIOPSA Members (with the exclusion of non-paying guests and students), will now be able to complete eCPD/eCEU activities which totals 30 CEU/CPD points.

This has been made possible with our extended relationship with our service provider AOSIS. All registered SIOPSA members can now log on to the AOSIS website to access the eCPD/eCEU content.

As a member of SIOPSA all your CPD requirements with the HPCSA are covered by just paying your normal annual SIOPSA membership fee. By implication, all paid up and new members of the society will now be able to obtain both clinical and ethical CEU’s required by the Board at no additional cost. Thus, No ‘extra’ payments, no ‘hidden’ costs, no ‘time off work’. You can complete these activities at the leisure of your own time.

AOSIS will therefore provide the following eCPD activities, via their website, to all *SIOPSA Members at no additional cost:

  • 30 CEU’s per member per year
  • The CPD certificates will be issued under the eCPD Healthcare Accreditation number.

How to register for e-CPD via AOSIS:

  1. Ensure SIOPSA Membership is paid in full
  2. Send an email to info@siopsa.org.za  that you would like to register for e-CPD access. They will inform eCPD/AOSIS that you are a SIOPSA member to activate your access.
  3. Go to the AOSIS eCPD website and register https://healthcare-ecpd.co.za/.
  4. Once you have registered on the AOSIS website, you should be able to see the SIOPSA logo when you click on Sponsorships. This indicates that your access has been finalised and you have free access to the eCPD courses.
  5. Should you experience any technical difficulties during the management of your  e-CPD Activities, kindly email health.admin@ecpd.co.za

Additional resources will include accreditation fees, FAQ and CPD Announcements

Voice and Visibility – Focus on Ethics

  • Entrench a code of conduct and ethical behaviour as a way of life
  • Dealing with professional practice issues to improve performance on IOP’s
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders to address professional practice challenges
  • Create space for dialogue among professionals
  • Professional Practice represents SIOPSA at the HPCSA's National Accreditor's Forum (NAF)
  • Forensic Psychology Task Team, which allows SIOPSA to contribute to shaping the need and scope of Forensic Psychologist in the country

Diverse and inclusive collaboration - Focus on Internal Stakeholders

  • Diversity in the provision of professional practice services and offerings
  • Collaborate with various portfolios for the benefit of the organisation
  • Ensure representation across the portfolio
  • Encourage courageous conversations

Professional Practice Subcommittees

The two subcommittees in Professional Practice are Workplace Counselling and Forensic Psychology

Workplace Counselling Subcommittee

  • The committee developed a framework and started implementing initiatives on various workstreams.
  • Dealing with counselling gaps for IOPs
  • Need for adequate academic and experiential development 
  • Focus on applying the core skill of Counselling in the Workplace
  • Empower IOPs to conduct Counselling in the Workplace

Forensic Psychology Subcommittee

  • Chairperson serves in the HPCSA Task Team
  • The Subcommittee reviewed documents and prepared the presentations for the HPCSA deliberations.
  • Research to create awareness and contribute to the body of knowledge in Forensic Psychology
  • Provided a platform to engage, network and share best practice information.

Achievements

  • The Professional Practice maintained the Accreditor Status awarded by the HPCSA for the period of (2021-2026)
  • SIOPSA retained the Accredited Service Provider Status for 2023
  • Professional Practice represents SIOPSA at the HPCSA's National Accreditor's Forum (NAF) meetings.
  • All Workplace Counselling workstreams achieved most of the targeted deliverables.
  • Workplace Counselling Survey results will be presented at the 25th SIOPSA Jubilee conference.
  • Workplace Counselling Milestones to be presented at the 25th SIOPSA Jubilee conference.
  • The IOPs were capacitated on programs such as Basic Counselling, Trauma Counselling, Supervision and Practice Management.
  • Represented IOP’s at the HPCSA Forensic Task Team Meetings
  • Created awareness of the potential role of IOPs in Forensic Psychology
  • Conducted exploratory research on the role of IOPs’ in Forensic Psychology, and the results will be presented at the SIOPSA 25th Annual Conference 2023
  • Professional Practice runs several Ethics Workshops to entrench a code of conduct and ethical behaviour as a way of life
  • Collaborate with various portfolios such as the IGCCP, KZN Student Chapter and Psycholegal Interest Group to benefit our members.
  • Played a significant role in Mental Health issues. As the Professional Practice Chair and other Subcommittee members, we had opportunities to share insights and educate the audience on multiple platforms like conferences, radio, and television

Contact Person

Sylvia Baloyi
SIOPSA Professional Practice & CPD Executive Chairperson

siopsacpd01@gmail.com

sylvia@lehlogonolohr.co.za

Process, Activities and  Definitions

Process
Activities
Definitions

Definitions

Industrial Psychology Is the scientific study of human behaviour in the workplace and applies psychological theories and principles to organizations and individuals in their workplace.

Psychometrics Is a field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement. One part of the field is concerned with the objective measurement and the other part is concerned with statistical research bearing on measurement theory.

Accreditor A group or institution appointed by a Professional Board to review and approve applications for the provision of CPD activities (within its profession’s ambit) by organizations and individuals without accredited service provider status; to monitor these activities; and to revise continuing education units (CEUs) allocated where the provider failed to comply with the rules and regulations of the CPD guidelines. Professional Boards may delegate their responsibility for accrediting service providers to Accreditors with the mutual agreement of the Accreditor. The criteria and processes to be followed as well as the procedures for record keeping are contained in the Criteria and Guidelines for Accreditors document.

Accredited Service Providers are the profession specific higher education institutions and departments, professional associations or formally constituted professional interest groups who meet the specified criteria and have been accredited by the Board/ or its designated Accreditor to present learning activities for Continuing Professional Development.

Attendance register is the record of attendees at the learning activity reflecting the names, the HPCSA registration numbers of those present and their signatures on completion of the activity. This register must be held by the presenting organisation or institution for three years following the activity; the original register may be audited in a compliance check.

Continuing Education Units(CEUs) indicate the value attached to a learning activity for Continuing Professional Development.

Continuing Professional Development In terms of Section 26 of the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act No. 56 of 1974) the HPCSA may from time to time make rules which prescribe – (a) conditions relating to continuing education and training to be undergone by persons registered in terms of this Act in order to retain such registration; (b) the nature and extent of continuing education and training to be undergone by persons registered in terms of this Act; and (c) the criteria for recognition by the HPCSA of continuing education and training courses and education institutions offering such courses.

CPD Section of the CPD, Registrations and Records Department at the HPCSA administers and monitors the CPD process.

Criteria and Guidelines for Service Providers details the criteria for and requirements of Service Providers; the nature of the learning activities and the CEUs at each level of the hierarchy; the process to be followed to publicise, present and record the activities.

Ethics, Human Rights and Medical Law is an understanding of the bioethical principles that determine how health professionals perform research and interact with patients/clients and society and is also described in Chapter I and II of the Constitution. Health care is a constantly advancing field and with these advances conflicts often arise within the arenas of politics, law, religion, philosophy and economics. An understanding of bioethics helps us to recognise, admit and sometimes resolve these conflicts.

CPD Accredited Activities

It is our continuous pledge to provide our members with cost effective and value-added service such as e-CPD.

All SIOPSA Members (with the exclusion of non-paying guests and students), will now be able to complete eCPD/eCEU activities which totals 30 CEU/CPD points.

This has been made possible with our extended relationship with our service provider AOSIS. All registered SIOPSA members can now log on to the AOSIS website to access the eCPD/eCEU content.

As a member of SIOPSA all your CPD requirements with the HPCSA are covered by just paying your normal annual SIOPSA membership fee. By implication, all paid up and new members of the society will now be able to obtain both clinical and ethical CEU’s required by the Board at no additional cost. Thus, No ‘extra’ payments, no ‘hidden’ costs, no ‘time off work’. You can complete these activities at the leisure of your own time.

AOSIS will therefore provide the following eCPD activities, via their website, to all *SIOPSA Members at no additional cost:

  • 30 CEU’s per member per year
  • The CPD certificates will be issued under the eCPD Healthcare Accreditation number.

 

How to register for e-CPD via AOSIS:

1.Ensure SIOPSA Membership is paid in full

2.Send an email to info@siopsa.org.za or lungelo@siopsa.org.za  that you would like to register for e-CPD access. They will inform eCPD/AOSIS that you are a SIOPSA member to activate your access.

3.Go to the AOSIS eCPD website and register https://healthcare-ecpd.co.za/.

4.Once you have registered on the AOSIS website, you should be able to see the SIOPSA logo when you click on Sponsorships. This indicates that your access has been finalised and you have free access to the eCPD courses.

5.Should you experience any technical difficulties during the management of your  e-CPD Activities, kindly email health.admin@ecpd.co.za.

Definitions

Industrial Psychology Is the scientific study of human behaviour in the workplace and applies psychological theories and principles to organizations and individuals in their workplace.

Psychometrics Is a field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement. One part of the field is concerned with the objective measurement and the other part is concerned with statistical research bearing on measurement theory.

Accreditor A group or institution appointed by a Professional Board to review and approve applications for the provision of CPD activities (within its profession’s ambit) by organizations and individuals without accredited service provider status; to monitor these activities; and to revise continuing education units (CEUs) allocated where the provider failed to comply with the rules and regulations of the CPD guidelines. Professional Boards may delegate their responsibility for accrediting service providers to Accreditors with the mutual agreement of the Accreditor. The criteria and processes to be followed as well as the procedures for record keeping are contained in the Criteria and Guidelines for Accreditors document.

Accredited Service Providers are the profession specific higher education institutions and departments, professional associations or formally constituted professional interest groups who meet the specified criteria and have been accredited by the Board/ or its designated Accreditor to present learning activities for Continuing Professional Development.

Attendance register is the record of attendees at the learning activity reflecting the names, the HPCSA registration numbers of those present and their signatures on completion of the activity. This register must be held by the presenting organisation or institution for three years following the activity; the original register may be audited in a compliance check.

Continuing Education Units(CEUs) indicate the value attached to a learning activity for Continuing Professional Development.

Continuing Professional Development In terms of Section 26 of the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act No. 56 of 1974) the HPCSA may from time to time make rules which prescribe – (a) conditions relating to continuing education and training to be undergone by persons registered in terms of this Act in order to retain such registration; (b) the nature and extent of continuing education and training to be undergone by persons registered in terms of this Act; and (c) the criteria for recognition by the HPCSA of continuing education and training courses and education institutions offering such courses.

CPD Section of the CPD, Registrations and Records Department at the HPCSA administers and monitors the CPD process.

Criteria and Guidelines for Service Providers details the criteria for and requirements of Service Providers; the nature of the learning activities and the CEUs at each level of the hierarchy; the process to be followed to publicise, present and record the activities.

Ethics, Human Rights and Medical Law is an understanding of the bioethical principles that determine how health professionals perform research and interact with patients/clients and society and is also described in Chapter I and II of the Constitution. Health care is a constantly advancing field and with these advances conflicts often arise within the arenas of politics, law, religion, philosophy and economics. An understanding of bioethics helps us to recognise, admit and sometimes resolve these conflicts.

Become a SIOPSA member and enjoy the privileges and benefits accorded to our valued members.
Join SIOPSA today

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