CPD Academy

The training and development of Registered Psychologists, Registered Counsellors and Psychometrists is a passion of Professor Gertie Pretorius. The HPCSA regulation of Continued Professional Development (CPD) for all registered practitioners is a constructive way for all practitioners to enhance their knowledge and skill. In order to adhere to the requirements of the Professional Board for Psychology, all registered practitioners should attain 30 accredited Continued Professional Units (CEUs) per annum, of which five must be for Ethics.

The spirit of CPD, however, should not be to gather CEUs, but rather an honest wish of each Psychologist, Registered Counsellor and Psychometrist to develop their skills and knowledge to better serve the South African population.   As Professor Pretorius wants to contribute to developing high-level knowledge and skill in the profession, she established a CPD Academy in January 2015. This Academy is accredited by the HPCSA as an accredited service provider. Therefore, attendees to CPD workshops receive a CPD Certificate to add to their CPD portfolio.

Training events, workshops, lectures and supervision for CPD purposes are presented according to a flexible schedule and can be arranged on request for groups of practitioners and small interest groups. Themes and topics of workshops include:

 

Workshops

Psycho-legal work

During this 3-day online workshop, all aspects pertaining to conducting ethical and professional psycho-legal work, within scope of practice, will be covered in a highly practical and hands on way. Real life case studies and Psycho-legal reports will be used to facilitate learning.

By the end of this workshop participants will have acquired the following knowledge:

  • The difference between forensic work and psycho-legal work in the South African context.
  • Practicing principled psycho-legal work: legal, ethical and moral considerations.
  • Scope of Practice issues.
  • Factors to keep in mind before accepting a psycho-legal case.
  • Communicating with the legal professional.
  • Understanding the difference between Advocates, Attorneys, Judges, Magistrates and Presiding Officers.
  • Who is the client in psycho-legal work?
  • Family matters including; best interest of the child standard, care and access, and parental rights and responsibilities.
  • The process of psychological evaluation in family matters.
  • Parenting plans and how to create them with parents.
  • Criminal matters including sexual offences, murder, fraud and theft.
  • The process of psychological evaluation in Criminal matters including both victims and perpetrators.
  • Relevant legislation including the Children’s Act, Sexual Offences and Related Matters Amendment Act and the Criminal Procedures Act.
  • Competency to stand trial and to be a witness in Court: both adults and children.
  • Ethical issues including informed consent, waiving of confidentiality and dual relationships.
  • Psychometric assessment.
  • Psychological evaluation.
  • Report writing for court purposes.
  • Collateral information.
  • Using explanatory models.
  • Making recommendations to the Honourable Court.
  • Court proceedings.
  • Conducting yourself as an Expert Witness.
  • Possible complaints against you at the HPCSA and how to deal with them.
Psycho-labour work

During this full day workshop, case studies and real-life examples from practice will be drawn upon. By the end of this workshop participants will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • A theoretical understanding of what Psycho-Labour work entails
  • A Systemic understanding of the world of work
  • An understanding of the Labour Act and what Psychologists must know about it
  • The Labour context in South Africa
  • Cases of unfair dismissal
  • The role of Psychologists in disciplinary procedures in labour cases
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace and dealing with it from a psychological point of view
  • Workplace violence, bullying and discrimination in the world of work
  • Ethical considerations in Psycho-Labour work
Ethics

This online workshop will be presented in a small group format. An intimate and hands on learning will be facilitated through experiential work and case studies.

By the end of this workshop participants will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • How and why Psychology Practitioners are regulated in South Africa (HPCSA)
  • Scope of the Profession of Psychology Practitioners
  • Scope of Practice for all Registered Categories in Psychology
  • What constitutes an ethical dilemma?
  • Relevant legislation for all Psychology Practitioners should know, including the Health Professions Act, the Children’s Act, the School Act, and the South African constitution
  • Ethical code for all Psychology categories, focusing on multiple relationships, informed consent and confidentiality
  • Generic HPCSA rules of conduct
  • Using Psychometry in an ethical way
  • Ethical record keeping
  • Who owns the client file?
  • Managing on-line ethics and electronic work
  • Working in a variety of settings as Psychological Practitioner
  • A model for conceptualising ethics
  • Various case studies to facilitate learning
  • Ethical billing and financial practice
  • What to do when there is a complaint against you at the HPCSA
Conceptualisation Skills and Choosing the Best Intervention for Your Client

As psychologists, we are trained to view our client's narratives of their life stories from a clinical and theoretical standpoint. We look at the current behaviour and see mechanisms that play a role in how the client experiences their world and the subsequent emotions that are elicited. In addition, psychologists look at the interpersonal patterns of relationships across all fields such as family, friendship, intimate and work relationships. Psychologists thus are seeking to what informs a client's behaviour from a biopsychosocial perspective.

Gestalt therapy

Gestalt therapy is a humanistic, holistic, and person-centred psychotherapy that focuses on a person's current life and issues rather than on their past experiences. This method emphasises the necessity of knowing a person's life circumstances and taking responsibility rather than assigning blame. By definition, Gestalt refers to a form or shape and implies that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In this counselling philosophy, there is a strong emphasis on perception. Gestalt therapy focuses on how we assign meaning to our surroundings and make sense of our experiences.

Gestalt therapy with Children
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Couples Counselling

By the end of this workshop participants will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding different structures in
  • relationships
  • Respecting gender and sexual orientation in
  • Couples Therapy
  • Answer the question “What is Love?”
  • The core elements of any romantic relationship
  • Identifying the core issues in unhappy
  • Relationships
  • Can all relationships be saved?
  • What is needed to be successful in Couples
  • Therapy
  • A model for conceptualising relationships
  • Identifying the seat of power in couples
Using Projective Drawings

At the end of the workshop delegates will have acquired the following skills and knowledge:

  • Conceptualising parents and children as a system
  • Establishing ethical boundaries with parents
  • Creative therapeutic approaches with children
  • The basic principles of parental guidance
  • The elements of parental guidance
  • The different parenting styles
  • Facilitating communication between parents and children
  • Structure and discipline
  • Values as part of parenting
  • Parents and children enjoying each other’s company
Working with Art in Therapy

During this full day practical and interactive workshop learning will be facilitated by practical exercises and hands on work. At the end of the workshop delegates will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • The difference between art therapy and using art to achieve therapeutic goals
  • Understanding the role that artwork can play in counselling and therapy
  • Working with different mediums in artwork
  • What equipment to use in artwork
  • Some techniques to use during therapy and counselling
  • When to use art in therapy and counselling
  • Using art to facilitate healing, prevention and development in clients
  • Using art in trauma counselling and therapy
  • Doing some experiential artwork during the workshop
Supervision skills

During this ONLINE interactive, full day workshop, learning will be facilitated experiential means, case studies and hands-on work. At the end of the workshop, Psychologists and Supervisors will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • Conceptualising the student/intern from a holistic perspective
  • Doing contextual supervision
  • Entering the supervisory relationship
  • Honouring the uniqueness of each supervisee
  • Deciding on the approach to use with each supervisee and the cases they bring
  • Ethical supervision
  • Scope of Practice issues
  • Empowering the supervisee
Practice management

This CPD workshop has nothing to do with the work of a practice manager. Instead, it looks at running/ managing your own practice as a psychologist/ psychometrist/ registered counsellor:

  • Starting and Maintaining a Psychological Practice
  • The appropriate documents needed in a Psychological Practice
  • Administrative work in a Psychological Practice
  • Deciding on the services you will provide
  • Harnessing your own strengths
  • Choosing a context to work in
  • Fees, contracting and billing options
  • The Medical Aids and BHF
  • Self-Management and Time Management
  • Marketing and branding your Practice
Working with Blended families

During this online interactive workshop, learning will be facilitated by case studies, drawings, as well as practical exercises and hands on work. At the end of the workshop, Psychologists and Registered Counsellors will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding divorce as a lifelong process
  • Conceptualising blended families from a psychological point of view
  • Applying systems thinking to blended families
  • Family structures in blended families
  • The differences between nuclear families and blended families
  • The developmental processes in blended families
  • Therapeutic approaches to children, adolescents and stepparents
  • The effects of divorce and remarriage on children, adolescents and adult children
  • Facilitating relationship building between step-siblings
  • Facilitating relationship building between children and stepparents
  • The effect of ex-spouses on the development of blended families
  • Empowering children and parents during therapy and counselling
  • Discipline and tradition in blended families
  • What about the marital relationship in blended families?
  • The role parenting plans can play in blended families
  • Some therapeutic techniques to use in therapy or counselling with blended families
  • Ethics and scope of practice when working with blended families
Logotherapy

During this online workshop, logotherapy will be contextualised within the Existential paradigm. Participants will be exposed to the work of Victor Frankl.

At the end of the workshop delegates will have acquired the following skills and knowledge:

  • An understanding of the basic principles of logotherapy
  • An understanding of the premises of Victor Frankl
  • The skills to use logotherapy and when to use it in a therapeutic process
  • The basic Logotherapeutic techniques
  • The Powerful effect of logotherapy
  • The skill to facilitate meaning making in therapy
  • The skill to facilitate changing traumatic events into opportunities for growth
Self-Care and the Practice of Mindfulness

During this online interactive half day workshop participants will be exposed self-care techniques as well as ways of caring for themselves by implementing mindfulness strategies. At the end of the workshop participants will have gained the following knowledge and skills:

  • An understanding of Compassion Fatigue and Burn Out
  • Assessing your own risk of developing Compassion Fatigue and Burn Out
  • Coping strategies for when you suffer from Compassion Fatigue
  • Implementing some mindfulness principles in your daily practice.
  • Preventing Compassion Fatigue.
  • Self-Care strategies on Physical, Psychological, Professional, Personal, Emotional and Spiritual levels
  • Creative self-care methods
Self-care and preventing compassion fatigue

At the end of the workshop participants will have gained the following knowledge and skills:

  • An understanding of Compassion Fatigue and Burn Out
  • Assessing your own risk of developing
  • Compassion Fatigue and Burn Out
  • Coping strategies for when you suffer from Compassion Fatigue
  • Implementing some mindfulness principles in your daily practice.
  • Preventing Compassion Fatigue.
  • Self-Care strategies on Physical, Psychological, Professional, Personal, Emotional and Spiritual levels
  • Creative self-care methods

FAQ

How do you sign up for CPD workshops with Prof Pretorius?

To sign up for CPD workshops with Prof Pretorius, please fill and submit the registration form on our website along with your proof of payment, or alternatively, email cpd@gertiepretorius.co.za together with your registration form and proof of payment to secure your spot.

What is the cost of our CPD workshops?

The costs vary depending on the workshop hosted. Most of our full-day workshops are R2300 per person, where half-day workshops could be around R1500. Our 3-day flagship Psycho-Legal Workshop is R9000 per person, but pricing is dependent on length of workshop and workshop content.

Are CPD workshops conducted online?

The CPD Workshops are hosted online via Zoom. These are interactive and cannot be recorded due to copyright reasons. CPD Certificates are only issued to attendees that attend the full online workshop.

CPD Registration Form

CPD Workshop Calendar 2021

*If you are interested in any of the above and would like to enquire about events and dates, please contact the Academy at cpd@gertiepretorius.co.za