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28 Nov 2016

SIOPSA Conference 2017 Call for Abstracts

Presentation/session types

The SIOPSA program has different session types. To submit a proposal, you will need to adhere to the proposal format requirements for that session type. That is, each of the session types has a specific proposal format associated with it.


A Case Study should offer practical, specific advice concerning how to conduct a particular type of research or practice, e.g., design of a situational interview, how to manage change, how to run a consultancy. Case Studies are ideal for practitioners who wish to share an aspect of their expertise or experience.  However, they are not intended to be marketing opportunities. Submissions will undergo peer review.


The primary purpose of the Master Tutorial is to develop and educate the audience about a focal I-O topic. As examples, tutorials might be developed to provide an update on a specified content area, discuss a new statistical technique, or describe how knowledge from another discipline can be applied to an I-O problem or topic. Topics that are not appropriate include descriptions of products that the presenter is marketing.


In a Panel Discussion, the chairperson plays a very active role, serving as the moderator who asks questions of the panel members and ensures that all panel members (three to five people) have the opportunity to speak. Panel Discussions should generate spontaneous interaction among panel members and between panel members and the audience. Diversity among panel members is important to the success of the session. Further, all panel members must recognise the need for preparation. A Panel Discussion proposal should describe the questions that will be addressed by the panel, the underlying issues or themes to be discussed, and the structure or format of the session. Submissions that do not have at least three presenters with different affiliations in the session (i.e., every presenter cannot be from the same institution) will not be accepted. Panel member information must be submitted with the submission (complete this online).


Poster sessions give participants opportunities to present individual papers. At each poster session, many authors simultaneously present their papers, primarily in a visual medium, with key excerpts from the papers displayed on large boards (8’ x 10’). The audience circulates among posters and stops to discuss papers of particular interest with the authors. Papers submitted for poster presentation must represent completed work. Poster submissions will be peer reviewed, and there will be a prize for the best poster.



Papers submitted for research presentations must represent completed, original (i.e. has not been published or presented elsewhere) work. Submissions will be peer reviewed. If there are more acceptable papers than slots available for oral presentation, then an offer will be made to present as a Poster.


The typical approach for this session type is to have one or two experts on a focal scientific or practical I-O topic serve as hosts. Members of the audience are typically seated in a circle to facilitate their active participation in the discussion with the hosts and with each other. The purposes of this session type include helping attendees with problems they are currently facing, discussing the latest developments in an area, and/or developing contacts with people who have similar interests. Although the expert(s) may wish to make a short presentation to begin the session, the majority of time should be devoted to answering questions from the audience and/or promoting discussion and networking. Panel member information must be submitted with the submission (complete this online).


There are a limited number of slots available for interested persons to present a workshop. A workshop provides an opportunity for interactive 4 hour sessions in which the workshop delegates will partake actively in the learning opportunity. Experiential learning, handouts, checklist, videos or audio are encouraged as useful tools to create interaction.


A symposium is a multi-presenter session. Any multi-presenter session proposing research, practice, theory, and teaching-oriented content should be submitted here. A symposium can also be presented by an Interest Group on a specialised/particular topic of interest. Participants in a symposium should include a chairperson and three to four presenters. A symposium often includes discussants, but it does not have to do so.   We encourage submissions in which diverse and novel perspectives are presented, including sessions in which the audience plays the role of discussant and the chair facilitates the discussion.

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16 Nov 2016

A court victory for JASA and ReLPAG as the Cape High Court declares regulations limiting psychologists invalid.

The Cape High Court made an order on the 14th November 2016 declaring the psychologists’ Scopes of Practice regulations issued by the Minister of Health in 2011, invalid. JASA (the Justice Alliance of South Africa) and ReLPAG (Recognition of Life Long Learning in Psychology Action Group) had challenged the validity of the regulations. The Board of Healthcare Funders, the fifth respondent, has agreed to abide by the outcome of the case, and consequently its members and the other medical aids, many of whom refused to pay Psychologists purportedly working outside the Scope of Practice, will need to resume making payments.

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08 Dec 2016

End of Year Wrap Up for Members

A letter from our COO, Nadene Venter

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