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28 Aug 2017

SIOPSA Pretoria Regional Workshop: Snakes in Suits – Understanding Psychopaths in the Workplace

Begins: 28 August 2017 18:00 Ends: 28 August 2017 21:00

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Casa Toscana, 5 Darlington Rd, Lynwood, Pretoria, 0081
Start Date:
28 August 2017 18:00
End Date:
28 August 2017 21:00


“Workplace bullying is on the rise with 96% of people claiming to have experienced it” (VitalSmarts Report 2014).

Workplace bullies come in different shapes and sizes:  a boss who can be mean for no reason; a co-worker who takes credit for your work; a client who knows no boundaries.  Whatever the form, the behaviour is severe, destructive and pervasive. This session aims to close some gaps in understanding the psychopathic behaviour in the workplace and the destructive impact it has on individuals, teams and organisations.

The following topics will be covered during the course of the evening:


ü    Understanding the dynamics of the workplace bully: 

o    The difference between bullying and psychopathic behaviour

o   Narcissism, antisocial personality disorder & psychopathy

o   Prototypical core characteristics

o   Nature vs Nurture?  

ü  How it shows up in the workplace:

o   Understanding the continuum from bully to psychopath

o   The ‘evil’ plan

o   Impact on individual, teams and organisations

o   Looking at the workplace culture as an enabler  

SIOPSAPretoria Regional Branch invites you to an opportunity

to LEARN and NETWORK with fellow Professionals at our next exciting event...

Snakes in Suits – Understanding Psychopaths in the Workplace


Lauren Davis

(Clinical Psychologist)

facilitated by

Francois de Wet

(Industrial PsychologistPS 0122505)

For more information please go to the SIOPSA website at

Learn more about Lauren Davis

MA Clinical Psychology

Lauren is a clinical psychologist, a coach and a facilitator. She has experience the shifting of organisational cultures; leadership development; team effectiveness and personal mastery and transformation and designing and implementing internal mentoring programmes.  As part of her work on organisational culture, she focuses on counter-productive work behaviour in the form of bullying in the workplace.  She also has a particular interest in dealing with generational differences in the workplace.   

Lauren believes that her clinical psychology background brings added value to the world of work where her knowledge and continuous study of human behaviour enables her to provide insight to support and guide individuals, teams and organisations to move towards finding their purpose, fulfilling their potential and optimising performance. Building authentic relationships, being a witness to personal, team and organisational growth and encouraging individuals to work towards living life, wholeheartedly are Lauren’s main drivers.

WHY should you attend?

Relevance to the South African IOP / HR practitioner:

  • The event will provide information to better understand the psychopathic behaviour in the workplace and the destructive impact it has on individuals, teams and organisations.
  • This event will sensitise you to identify destructive behaviours as well as the different manifestations thereof within business.


Relevance to the Emerging Psychologists (IOP Interns, MCom and Honours Students):

  • Receive the latest information on psychopathic behaviour in the workplace and the destructive impact it has on individuals, teams and organisations.
  • Attending this workshop will provide you with information to better understand the challenges and dilemmas that businesses face regarding destructive human behaviour.

2 CPD points will be allocated for this workshop


28 August 2017


Casa Toscana, 5 Darlington Rd, Lynwood, Pretoria, 0081


17:30 - 18:00


Presentation Part 1

Short Break (refreshments)


18:00 – 18:50

18:45 – 19:00


19:00 – 19:45

19:45 – 20:00

20:00 – 21:00

Presentation Part 2

Feedback on Presentation, Q & A, Comments




To cover costs, we need to charge a nominal fee

SIOPSA members                                                                              R 165.00

Non-SIOPSA members                                                                     R 270.00

SIOPSA Student                                                                                 R 100.00

Emerging SIOPSA                                                                              R 120.00



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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.

*** No shows will not be refunded and please take note of our 72 hour cancellation policy***

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Best Regards,

The Pretoria Branch


Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa







tel:     0860 SIOPSA (746 772)
    086 558 4097








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