Talks on the mind

2015-09-08 06:00

The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) is hosting its annual psychology festival of learning to discuss things that really matter and affect people in their daily lives.

The conference will take place at its Claremont campus from Thursday to Saturday.

This year’s theme is “engaging for change”. The programme is packed with activities and many different topics for discussion.

This year’s festival includes a short talk programme in the evenings, a coaching conference and a film festival, which will run alongside the talks.

With nearly 80 guest speakers the festival offers a wide range of talks and workshops. Talk topics include “The art of leadership” by Paddy Upton, “Empathy, a cause for concern or distress” by Kathrin Train, “The driving force behind our financial decisions” by Brian Shargey, “The doctor who walked away” by Maria Phalime, “You are not alone” by Tamsyn Brown, “Bullying in South African schools” by Gail Dore and “Making better decisions during times of change” by Robert Farndell.

Inspired by the idea of bringing together professionals, students and the broader community to explore the many facets of psychology, counselling and coaching, the festival aims to enable every participant to take one step further on their journey of understanding the nature and practice of psychology, counselling and coaching at an individual and community level.

SACAP is a leading independent provider of education in applied psychology and offers students a range of accredited postgraduate, degree, diploma and certificate programmes in Psychology, Counselling and Coaching.

Engagement for positive changeLance Katz, SACAP’s CEO, says the theme focuses on change within ourselves, change in our communities and change in the corporate environment brought about by people engaging with each other and working together.

“We want to share the many South African stories that reflect positive change through engagement, as well as providing people with the tools they need to bring about change in their lives, communities and workplace,” he says.

The film festival includes the South African documentaries Normal and Africa shafted as well as the international documentaries Free the mind and Happy the movie.

Each evening will include eight short talks that include topics such as “The Lentegeur spring: Recovery and hope in a psychiatric institution”, “Social entrepreneurship in higher education”, “Unmasking co-dependency” and “The enemies of success”.


Tickets for the festival and the programme are available on

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