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Engaging for Change is the theme for the annual Psychology Festival of Learning, which will be hosted by SACAP (The South African College of Applied Psychology) at their Johannesburg campus on 8 and 9 September and at their Cape Town campus from 10 to 12 September.

Inspired by the idea of bringing together professionals, students and the broader community in an environment to explore the many facets of psychology, counselling and coaching, the Psychology Festival of Learning 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.


The format for the 2015 festival has evolved to include a short talk programme, a coaching conference and a film festival, which will run alongside the talks. Engaging for Change 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 to achieve change. “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”, says Lance Katz, SACAP’s CEO.


With nearly 80 guest speakers the Festival offers a wide range of talks and workshops. Talk topics include “The Art of Leadership” (Paddy Upton); “Empathy, a cause for concern or distress” (Kathrin Train); “Subconscious Money Scripts – the driving force behind our financial decisions” (Brian Shargey); “The doctor who walked away (Maria Phalime); “You are not alone” (Tamsyn Brown); “Bullying in South African Schools – Endemic or epidemic” (Gail Dore); “Making better decisions during times of change” (Robert Farndell); and many more.


The workshop programme (Johannesburg, 9 September and Cape Town, 12 September) offers a selection of ½ day workshops including: “Experiential introduction to mindfulness” (Mandy Johnson and Patrick Madden); “The ‘colour’ elephant in the room” (Alexa Russell-Matthews); “The wisdom of the body” (Noa Belling); “The art and science of resilience” (Wendy Ward); to name a few.


The film festival that is included in the 2015 programme includes the South African documentaries “Normal” and “Africa Shafted” as well as the international documentaries “Free the Mind” and “Happy the Movie”.


For the first time ever the Psychology Festival of Learning will host a short talk programme to kick off the Festival (evening of 8 September in Johannesburg and evening of 10 September in Cape Town). Each evening will include eight short talks that include topics such as “The Lentegeur Spring: Reovery and hope in a psychiatric institution (John Parker); Social Entrepreneurship in higher education: Agents of change (Lance Katz); “Unmasking co-dependency (Mandy Jonnson); and “The enemies of success” (Thabiso Mailula).


Ticket prices are as follows:


Johannesburg Programme

Tuesday, 8 September:           Full-Day Programme                            R250-00

Tuesday, 8 September:           Short Talk Programme (evening)         R250-00

Wednesday, 9 September:     Workshop Programme             R450-00 per ½ day workshop


Cape Town Programme

Thursday, 10 September:       Short Talk Programme (evening)         R250-00

Friday, 11 September: Full-Day Programme                            R250-00

Saturday, 12 September:        Workshop Programme             R450-00 per ½ day workshop



Tickets for the Psychology Festival of Learning as well as the programme with speakers details and topics are available on the website: www.psychologyfestivaloflearning.co.za

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