PsySSA was formed in January 1994, uniting the various bodies that existed until then. PsySSA was structured as a transformed entity to deal with the fast-changing dispensation and speaks authoritatively on behalf of the discipline on matters concerning the mental health and psychosocial well being of all South Africans. PsySSA has since its inception been dedicated to making a significant contribution to solving the pressing human development problems in South Africa.
PsySSA has dedicated its work to there construction and development of post-apartheid South African Society. The Society is also involved in ongoing negotiations with government, other legislative bodies, and the private and civil Society sectors to contribute to issues affecting South Africa’s rapidly changing environment. As the representative body of psychologists in the country, the Society lobbies for members and advocates for psychology as avital science and relevant practice. The Society provides a valuable networking facility for all members. PsySSA publishes the quarterly leading psychology journal in Africa, the South African Journal of Psychology as well as PsyTalk.
The Society regularly liaises with local, national, regional and international structures to facilitate professional development and the exchange of ideas that underpin the discipline. The PsySSA annual South African Psychology Congress is the highlight of the South African scientific psychological calendar, attracting academics and practitioners from all over the country and abroad.
PsySSA Vision, Mission and Core Values
To advance South African Psychology as a science and profession of global stature and promote psychological praxis as relevant, proactive and responsive to social needs and well-being.
Actively representing and promoting the interests of members and developing psychology nationally and internationally as a means of enhancing human well-being.
We maintain and encourage the highest standards of professional and scientific competence to ensure national and international best-practice.
We act with integrity, communicate respectfully and accept responsibility for our words and actions and we require ethical, professional behaviour by all persons associated with PsySSA.
We care about the interests and needs of our members, strive to empower and build the capacity of our members to realise their full potential, and we support lifelong learning.
Human Rights Orientated
We commit to a human rights culture informed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights aligned to the Bill of Rights. We strive to ensure that our members, Council, the Executive and staff are treated with dignity, equity and fairness.
We encourage a multiplicity of opinions and seek ways to incorporate the voices and experiences of all communities and avenues of psychology.
Democratic, Transparent & Accountable Governance
We conduct our activities in a democratic, accountable and transparent manner; we strive for efficiency and effectiveness in the management of PsySSA.