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28 Feb 2017

SIOPSA Johannesburg Regional Workshop: The ROLE and SIGNIFICANCE of Registered Health Professionals in PSYCHO-LEGAL matters

Begins: 28 February 2017 18:30 Ends: 28 February 2017 21:00

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Nedbank, 105 West Street, Sandton
Start Date:
28 February 2017 18:30
End Date:
28 February 2017 21:00



The ROLE and SIGNIFICANCE of Registered Health Professionals in PSYCHO-LEGAL matters

Hints on personal injury calculation, recommendations and conclusions, drafting of joints minutes and court appearances.

Date: 28th February 2017

Venue: Nedbank, 105 West Street, Sandton

SIOPSA Johannesburg Regional Branch invites you to:

LEARN and NETWORK with fellow professionals at our exciting event

with  Barbara Donaldson

The session will provide registered health professionals with a contextual understanding of the medico-legal field and information on personal injury calculation and recommendations thereof. It will further delve into joint minutes drafting, the role of the health professionals as expert witness, challenges and pitfalls of acting as an expert witness, as well as the effects of legal proceedings on professional ethical boundaries and resultant ethical dilemmas.

Relevance to the Emerging Psychologists (IOP Interns, MCom and Honours Students):  Emerging Psychologists will get the opportunity to see what role an IOP can play in the medico-legal field in South Africa.


About the speaker:  Barbara Donaldson


Barbara Donaldson gained a Psychology Master’s degree (cum laude) from the University of South Africa (UNISA) in 1983. She had previously been awarded a BA (Hons) degree in English Language and Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand (1972), followed by a Higher Education Diploma from UNISA (1974) and worked as a Senior English teacher at matriculation level for six years. Barbara has seven years’ experience as Head of the Assessment Section of the Assessment and Counselling Division, National Institute for Personnel Research. She also has 34 years’ experience in medico-legal assessment of employability and has testified as an expert witness in this regard on numerous occasions. Barbara was awarded full membership of the South African Clinic Neuropsychology Association in 1991, following peer review and accreditation processes. She has been in private practice for the past 30 years. Barbara has presented at several SACNA and SIOPSA conferences and was a contributing author to the book An Introduction to Forensic Psychology, published in 2016.

In her spare time, Barbara enjoys singing (she is a member of the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg) and reading a good book with a glass of wine. She is passionate about the education of established and emerging medico-legal experts to bring greater standardisation and rigour to this field of specialisation and to maximise the contribution of Industrial Psychologists and other professionals to forensic work.

WHY should you attend?

This workshop is beneficial to all health professional in Medico-legal field!

 It is aimed at any registered health professional who conducts work in the medico-legal field with reference to assessments for use in the legal context, such as personal damages, Road Accident Fund, medical negligence cases amongst others.

The workshop aims to provide delegates with an understanding of the following:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the health professional in the legal context
  • Recommendations and conclusion/s on employability and loss of earnings
  • Preparation of joint minutes
  • How to prepare for and present oneself professionally in a court of law Court etiquette
  • Navigating the terrain of the legal environment as a health professional

SIOPSA has applied for 2 CEU’s  points for this workshop


 28 February 2017


Nedbank 105 West Street


18h30 – 19h00



19h00 – 20h00



20h00 – 21h00




To cover costs we need to charge a nominal fee

SIOPSA members - R165.00

Non-SIOPSA members - R270.00

Emerging Psychologists - R120.00

SIOPSA Student members - R100.00

Late bookings – 10% late booking fee.


You do not need to be a member of SIOPSA to register for this workshop 

Attend this workshop as a GUEST, or even better, why don’t you sign up for membership?

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Space is limited so please secure your place before the 24th of February 2017

Your invoice will be generated from the SIOPSA website, EFT and credit card payments facilities are available. Your registration will only be confirmed on proof of payment.  Delegates that arrive on the evening without proof of payment or booking, will be expected to complete a registration form and sign the signature list.

*** take note of our 72 hour cancellation policy***

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Best Regards,

The Johannesburg Branch

SIOPSA - Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa



tel:     0860 SIOPSA (746 772)
fax:    086 558 4097



Presenters and attendees of all CPD activities must please note that the attainment of continuing education units (CEUs) does not licence any professional to practice outside their official scope of practice.  CEUs are intended to broaden the knowledge of professionals but do not constitute professional training.      


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