People Assessment in Industry (PAI)
People Assessment in Industry (PAI) was originally established to proactively engage various stakeholders interested in psychological assessment in South African industry.
Functioning as an interest group of the Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology in South Africa (SIOPSA), the purpose of PAI is to ensure testing exists in the South African context as a value adding and ethical practice.
PAI's activities include promoting fair assessments in the workplace. The group has given input to government on the original wording on psychometric assessment found in the Employment Equity Act (1998), and has actively provided input to both the Health Professions Council of South Africa (on topics related to the profession of psychology and the use of assessments in South Africa) and the Department of Labour (in terms of the Employment Equity Amendment Bill).
We are actively engaged in educating everyone about the potential benefits of sound psychological assessment in the industrial context.
Resources published by PAI that may be of interest include:
Interest Group in Coaching & Consulting Psychology (IGCCP SA)
The importance of authentic leadership in the workplace continues to accelerate globally, and Coaching and Consulting Psychology, in particular, have received much attention.
The IGCCP Story
SIOPSA formed the Consulting in Psychology Interest Group during the annual conference in June 2006. Our interest group has, since its inception, focused primarily on establishing and growing a sustainable framework for Consulting – and now both Coaching and Consulting Psychology – in South Africa.
Coaching has, since 2007, steadily gained traction within the South African organisational context. Dr Aletta Odendaal was invited, in 2008, to participate in a global dialogue to facilitate the development of coaching. This culminated in SIOPSA signing the Global Coaching Community (GCC) Dublin Declaration on Coaching.
SIOPSA was then invited to be part of a global network to facilitate the theoretical, applied and professional global development of Coaching Psychology. In 2009, Coaching Psychology was incorporated into our Vision, and has become a major driving factor for us. We henceforth became known as the Interest Group in Coaching and Consulting Psychology (IGCCP).
From 2010 to 2012, Aletta and Anna-Rosa le Roux (the first IGCCP Chairperson) established an important and solid foundation by liaising and developing key relationships with the international Coaching Psychology academic fraternity.
Since then, we have taken our Interest Group forward, on various levels.
What we aim to achieve
Professionalise the domains of Coaching and Consulting Psychology in South Africa.
Engage all professionals interested in coaching and consulting psychology in South Africa, and to share the theory, research and practice of our domain.
Encourage high standards of coaching and consulting grounded in sound research and evidence-based scientist-practictioner application, driven by the specific client’s context
Develop and expand our knowledge and skills-base by establishing appropriate criteria, standards and CPD activities.
Foster cooperative relations with key stakeholders: organisations, government, regulating bodies, interest groups, psychologists, professional bodies and educational institutions.
Continually influence the science and practice, and stimulate the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience amongst international and local psychologists and other interested parties.
Promote the development of coaching and consulting psychology as an emerging theoretical and applied sub-discipline of psychology.
Monitor and hold ourselves accountable for achieving our Vision, on behalf of SIOPSA.
We are globally connected
We were invited as guest speakers to the 1st International Congress of Coaching Psychology (London, Dec. 2010).
The IGCCP was a proud organiser and host of the 1st Southern Hemisphere Congress of Coaching Psychology (Pretoria, May 2011).
The IGCCP Executive sits on the International Society of Coaching Psychology’s (ISCP) International Steering Committee.
We provide updates on the developments in South Africa for Coaching Psychology International, the International Society for Coaching Psychology’s (ISCP) newsletter.
We attend and speak at various international coaching and consulting psychology congresses – in Dublin, Spain, Rome, Paris, Sydney, Mozambique, at the International Congress of Psychology (Cape Town, July 2012), in Edinburgh (December 2013), and at the 5th International Congress of Coaching Psychology and the Society of Consulting Psychology Mid-Winter Conference, in San Diego (February 2015).
Our international MOUs
The IGCCP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP) in 2011. All members of good standing within SIOPSA are offered automatically free Affiliate membership of the ISCP, access to the website and the publication, Coaching Psychology International (CPI). Our interest group participates in publishing relevant Coaching Psychology updates [CPI, Volume 5, Issue 1, 2012].
The ISCP is an international professional membership body established to further the discipline and profession of coaching psychology. The international aspect of the Society is reflected in our Honorary Vice Presidents who are based in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, New Zealand, Portugal, United Kingdom, USA, Greece, Sweden and South Africa.
In October 2011, the IGCCP signed a MoU with the Section of the Psychology of Organisations and Work (SPOT) of the Col·legi Oficial de Psicòlegs de Catalunya (COPC) to communicate and work together, in support of the development of the Coaching Psychology profession in South Africa and Spain.
We are also proud to be affiliated with the American Psychological Association’s (APA)
Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP), Division 13 (‘The Catalyst Division’) – through our respective organisations’ MOUs with the ISCP.
Our achievement highlights
We are proud to have launched the Code of Practice for Registered Psychology Practitioners in Coaching at the 16th Annual SIOPSA Conference, 2014 – you can download a copy of The Code here.
We conducted a successful Public Consultation process in preparation for the launch of the Code of Practice.
We successfully developed and facilitatated our CPD-accredited Foundational Coaching Skills Workshops – the competency-building workshops that bridges and aligns the pertinent theory, knowledge and the thinking that are essential for psychology practitioners in coaching.
We successfully motivated for SIOPSA’s first online Survey facility – where we can gather and learn from the valuable industry-specific opinions and statistics provided by our members and respondents.
We successfully motivated for SIOPSA’s first online Bulletin Board facility – where you can initiate and contribute to relevant SIOPSA discussions [this requires (free) registeration to participate].
We are in the process of liaising with the Educational Committee of the HPCSA’s Professional Board of Psychology, regarding the professional alignment of the Code of Practice and the List of Practitioners – (the List of Practitioners aims to provide due recognition to registered psychology practitioners who practice within the field of coaching psychology).
As part of the IGCCP’s strategic objectives and inclusive stakeholder-engagement model, we will continue to liaise and build our Value Proposition and our relationships with the key Academic, Corporate and Governmental stakeholders.
The IGCCP will continue to represent SIOPSA in the International Coaching and Consulting Psychology spheres. We will utilise this forum to reflect, to learn, and to build on our mandate of professionalising these domains in South Africa.
The IGCCP will continue to liaise with the SIOPSA Regional Branches, with regard to hosting our PD-accredited Foundational Coaching Skills Workshop.
We will continually update and incorporate all the valuable feedback we received from our public consultation of The Code of Practice document, and we will continue to encourage ongoing participation in this regard.
We also aim to further encourage broader academic, industry-specific and public consultations, with regard to integrating and consolidating the Code of Practice for Registered Psychology Practitioners in Coaching.
International Congresses for Coaching Psychology
The Coaching Psychology Congress events aim to bring the global coaching psychology community together, whereby strategic partners promote and hold the congress in their respective regions. For more information on upcoming events, you can visit the website.
The IGCCP Executive Committee:
Steven Breger (Chairman)
Anna-Rosa le Roux
Marietjie van der Walt
For more SIOPSA and IGCCP information, please contact us:
Tel: 0860 SIOPSA (746772)
[Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm]
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Systems Psychodynamics of Organisations (IGSPO)
This interest group studies the systems psychodynamic behaviour in organisations. This stance focuses on the unconscious behaviour manifesting on the individual, group and organisational levels and how those are addressed through consultation, coaching and research. It is conceptually based on the depth psychology organisational theory as developed by the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations in the UK and other similar institutions over the world. It is operationally anchored in the consultancy stance as developed and practiced in the Group Relations Training Model.
The purpose of the IGSPO is to create awareness of the nature, role and importance of studying systemic unconscious organisational behaviour and to create opportunities for SIOPSA members and South African organisations to become informed and to gain competence in organisational consulting below the surface.
- To act as a container and an informant of systems psychodynamic organisational study and practice
- To provide opportunities for SIOPSA members (and other interested organisational psychology practitioners) to study, practice and share research findings in systems psychodynamics in organisations
- To present academic and theoretical conferences, practical (Group Relations Training) workshops and discussion forums towards the development of competence in this organisational stance.
IGSPO Focus for 2013
- To create awareness of the existence of the IGSPO amongst SIOPSA members and their organisations
- To present systems psychodynamic research findings as conference papers during the 2013 SIOPSA Conference in July
- To plan and present one experiential systems psychodynamic workshop To plan and present one discussion forum
- Prof Cilliers Frans
- Dr Coetzee Olga
- Dr De Klerk Mias
- Prof Geldenhuys Dirk
- Ms Kotze Leezelle
- Prof Mnguni Peliwe
- Mr Parsadh Adrian
- Dr Van Zyl Llewellyn
- Mr Westraat Andre
IGSPO Upcoming Events
- 2013 second semester.
- One experiential workshop 2013 second semester.
- One discussion forum 2014. An academic / experiential conference
IGSPO links to be forwarded to SIOPSA members
IGSPO first point of reference
International Association of Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
To view more information, click on the link below:
IACCP welcomes SIOPSA Partnership
International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology:
22nd International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
REIMS - France, 15-19 July 2014
Cross-Culture Readings & Articles:
The Online Readings in Psychology and Culture (ORPC) is designed to serve as a resource for researchers, teachers, students, and anyone who is interested in the interrelationships between Psychology and Culture.