South Africa on the Couch | SIOPSA

South Africa on the Couch

R330.00 incl. VAT

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SIOPSA IGSPO Interest Group:

Date: 24 August 2019

Venue: Conference 5, Kgorong Building, Muckleneuk Campus, UNISA

SIOPSA IGSPO Interest Group invites you to an opportunity to LEARN and NETWORK with fellow professionals at our upcoming event …

South Africa on the Couch

Background of topic:

South Africa’s identity is fraught with conflict emanating from, for example, colonialism, discrimination, inequality, unemployment, poverty, corruption and state capture. In the day-to-day management of the country, these aspects are addressed by politicians, economists, churches, academia, non-profit organisations and many more, in a fairly rational, conscious and mechanistic manner. The result seems to be a form of stuck-ness manifesting as a lack of pro-active movement and a systemic repetition of past patterns, leading to intense feelings of frustration, anger and hurt, often acted out as aggression and violence.

This workshop suggests that the present (mainly conscious) discourse on the identity of South Africa, denies the deeper roots and causes of what may be happening in the unconscious of the country’s psyche. Putting South Africa on the systems psychodynamic couch will provide us with opportunities to study its collective anxiety, its kind and intensity, as well as its manifesting defensive structures. This could facilitate our understanding and empathy of for example the splits, introjections, projections, projective identification and transferences and the impact thereof on the present South African identity.

The event is authorised by the sponsoring organisations, namely, SIOPSA (SA) and OPUS (UK). The staff members are academically and professionally trained in systems psycho-dynamics and as such authorised by the sponsoring organisations.


Prof Frans Cilliers has a DPhil (from Potchefstroom University) and is Emeritus Professor in Industrial & Organisational Psychology at UNISA and Extraordinary Professor at Potential at North-West University. He is a registered Psychologist (cat. Industrial) and Master Human Resources Practitioner. He attended specialised training in Systems Psychodynamic Organisational Consultancy, Coaching and Research at the Tavistock Institute (UK), the AK Rice Institute (US) and the University of the West of England (UK). He has published in national and international journals. He is a member of various South African (SIOPSA – Honorary Life Member, PSYSSA, COMENSA) and international societies (APA, SIOP, ISPSO, OPUS – Representative for Africa). He consults and coaches on individual and team levels mainly from the systems psychodynamic stance.

Why should you attend?

Psychologists, emerging psychologists, coaches and HR Officials deal directly with individual and group experiences, behaviours, perceptions, adjustments, and unconscious dynamics associated with and emerging from current, topical and political events in South Africa. Insights from the workshop should equip delegates to optimize their professional services within and outside the workplace. Insights gained from attending this event could help encourage a more mature, efficient and productive workforce.

Who should attend?

Psychologists, Intern and Student Psychologists, HR practitioners, Coaches

4 CPD points

09:15 – 09:30 Registration, Refreshments
9:30 – 11:00 Part 1. The sharing of preoccupations and expectations. Participants form part of the data gathering in sharing their experiences
11:00 – 11:15 Networking, Refreshments
11:15 – 12:15 Part 2. The Identification of major themes. Participants actively take part in the data analysis of Part 1 content by identifying the manifesting themes
12:15 – 13:15 Networking, Lunch
13:15 – 14:15 Part 3. Hypotheses formulation. Participants actively take part in the further data analysis of the Part 1 content and the Part 2 themes by formulating hypotheses about what happened. The quest is to find a deep understanding of the unconscious dynamics surrounding the phenomenon being studied
14:15 – 15:00 Discussion / next steps
15:00 – 15:30 Networking, Refreshments


Costs: To cover costs we need to charge a nominal fee
Full Member R 300.00
Non-members R 330.00
SIOPSA Students R 130.00
Emerging Psychologists R 150.00
Late bookings 10% late booking fee.


You do not need to be a member of SIOPSA to register for this workshop. Attend as a GUEST, or even better, why don’t you sign up for membership

Space is limited so please secure your place as soon as possible. Your invoice will be generated from the SIOPSA website. Your registration will only be confirmed on proof of payment. Please forward proof of payment to

Delegates that arrive on the day without proof of payment or booking, will be expected to complete a registration form and sign the signature list.

Event Details

Start date: August 24, 2019

End date: August 24, 2019

Start time: 09:15 a.m.

End time: 15:30 p.m.

Venue: Conference 5, Kgorong Building, Muckleneuk Campus, UNISA