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Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology of SA

Interest Groups

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 IGCCP (under the auspices of SIOPSA) is working closely with its international peers in order to professionalise the coaching industry, as professional bodies have an important and strategic role to play in this process. Both the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) have already embarked on a process to provide their members with recognition of their coaching-specific expertise.

In this regard, having already published a Code of Practice for Registered Psychology Practitioners in Coaching as a first step, the IGCCPSA will now be launching South Africa’s List of Coaching Practitioners (LoCP).

The application form is available to download here.

The Code of Practice is also available for reference here and a FAQ here.

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

We are globally connected

Looking forward

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.

With thanks,

The IGCCP Executive Committee:

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.

IGSPO Purpose

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.

IGSPO Objectives

IGSPO Focus for 2013

IGSPO Contacts

IGSPO Upcoming Events

IGSPO links to be forwarded to SIOPSA members

InstitutionWeb Address
The Tavistock Institute (UK)
Tavistock Consulting (UK)
The AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (USA)
OPUS. An Organisation for Promoting Understanding of
ISPSO. The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of

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:


International Conference:

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.


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