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Navigating the turbulence in South Africa’s higher education
The unresolved student funding debacle, ongoing leadership crises at top universities, and the recent de-registrations of several tertiary institutions are all distressing symptoms of the challenges facing South Africa’s higher education sector. It is turmoil that is not unique to South Africa. 15 Jul 2024 Read more

Building skills to deal with SA’s youth mental health crisis
According to Unicef’s 2023 U-Report poll, around 60% of South Africa’s children and youth felt in need of mental health support last year. The findings per age group showed this figure increased to 70% amongst those between 15 and 24 years. Mental health conditions affecting South African youth include anxiety and depression as well as substance abuse, suicide and self-harm. 10 Jun 2024 Read more

How AI tools are transforming coaching in SA
Coaching is a caring profession characterised by a trusted relationship, authentic connection, and a collaborative partnership between the coach and client. At the core of coaching lie deep, one-to-one, empathetic conversations. The ‘human touch’ is not just important, it’s critical to the whole coaching endeavour. However, this is not to say that the coaching industry will in any way be immune to transformation by AI tools. 2 Apr 2024 Read more

Sacap announces new direction for business higher certificate courses
In the South African tertiary education landscape, Higher Certificate training plays an important role in providing bridging courses for school-leavers who are not yet ready for longer term studies, as well as stepping stones into entry-level positions for young job seekers. Sacap (The South African College of Applied Psychology) has announced a new direction for its Higher Certificate in Business Management and Higher Certificate in Human Resources Management programs to make these one-year training courses more accessible. 20 Feb 2024 Read more

The psychological advantage in today’s workplaces
The increasing deployment of smart technologies, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and algorithms across every area of human endeavour is changing work in unprecedented ways. As fast as roles become extinct, new ones emerge. Skills-sets are constantly remodelled. The 21st Century worker doesn’t just have to be digitally-adept, they must have more types of intelligences and literacies, as well as different knowledge and skills compared to their predecessors. Rapid tech-driven evolution in workplaces intensifies the urgency for South Africa’s tertiary education institutions to adapt and ensure they are developing future workers who are fit and capable of succeeding and thriving in the 4iR context. 24 Jan 2024 Read more

Sacap is growing: Addition of PGCE electives
Launched in 2022, Sacap (the South African College of Applied Psychology) has now announced an enhancement to its Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which will be taking effect in the 2024 academic year. This is a professional vocational skills training programme aimed at student teachers who are interested in qualifying as Senior Phase and FET (Further Education & Training) Life Orientation educators, with a choice of either English or Geography as a second subject specialisation. Furthermore, drawing on Sacap’s extensive roots in Applied Psychology, the PGCE includes the learning support specialisation of Guidance Counselling and Specialised Learning Support. 4 Dec 2023 Read more

How coaching and wellness are intersecting
Cascades of global economic, social, geopolitical and climate crises continue to overwhelm everyday life, and in response, our focus has turned inward and become deeply personal. In times of fast-paced, continuous disruption and turmoil, mental health, physical well-being, and a general sense of wellness have become greater priorities. Many are paying far more attention to the importance of preventative measures such as actively managing stress and anxiety to build resilience, ward off burnout and protect mental well-being. 22 Nov 2023 Read more

How to do matric with less stress and more success
Across the country, around a million South African families have a young loved one preparing to write their final school exams. It's a time loaded with significance and charged with hope and excitement, fear and anxiety. Teens feel like they are facing the high-stakes endurance challenge of their lives, and many parents are uncertain about how best to support them. Together, how they navigate the matric experience will impact on stress and performance levels. 5 Oct 2023 Read more

Why South Africa needs registered counsellors
Once stigmatised and marginalised, mental healthcare is now centre stage. Over the past few decades, there has been growing mainstream acceptance that we need to attend to our emotional well-being with the same concern that we apply to our physical health. Mental healthcare is not just for some people facing serious challenges, we can all be affected by issues such as anxiety and depression, and many South Africans battle with substance abuse. In 2022, it was estimated that untreated anxiety and depression cost the South African economy around R200bn due to work absenteeism and lack of productivity. 21 Sep 2023 Read more

Social workers are key change makers in SA
For centuries social workers have been at the forefront of helping people navigate times of disruption and radical change. Often referred to as a noble profession, social work has its roots in the 1800s when societies grappled with the emerging impacts of industrialisation. Social workers have historically played a critical role in advocating for social reforms and giving voice to people who are excluded, exploited, or left behind in a changing world. It is no surprise then, that in today's tech-driven revolution era, social work is one of the relevant fields for those with a passion to make a difference. 7 Sep 2023 Read more

Empathy and encouragement - Parent toolkit for matric exams
Join Sacap's free Parents Guide to Matric Support Webinar 2023 15 Aug 2023 Read more

Choosing private higher education? BAC accreditation and why it matters
The demand for higher education in South Africa far outstrips the places available at the country's 26 publicly funded universities. Private tertiary institutions play a critical role in making quality further education more available to the population. This is not simply about offering more or alternative places in tertiary education. Some of South Africa's private higher institutions have evolved into leading providers in their educational fields. Whether, public or private, all tertiary institutions are overseen by the Department of Higher Education and Training, as well as the Council on Higher Education (CHE) which sets the quality standards for all universities and colleges. 5 Jun 2023 Read more

Why coaching for culture and engagement is a growing organisational trend
As organisations are buffeted by endless change and disruption, there is an increase in focus on coaching for culture and engagement to build positive and resilient workplaces. In recent years, companies are grappling with significant forces impacting on organisational culture and employee engagement. Many are undergoing radical digital transformation projects that are changing the way employees work. Hybrid work models have been introduced, and the need for improved Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) across workplaces are all driving organisational change. 22 May 2023 Read more

Build the skills to have difficult conversations
As social creatures, it's natural to feel a sense of trepidation, or even full-blown anxiety, when you know that a high stakes conversation is on the cards. While avoidance is an understandable reaction, the respite is generally short-lived, and the consequences of not engaging with what needs to said and heard can be significant. 6 Mar 2023 Read more

Young South Africans frame their future
Young South Africans aspire to do work that is both meaningful and fulfilling, according to the Frame Your Future survey recently conducted by Sacap (The South African College of Applied Psychology). The online survey canvassed 850 internet-connected respondents aged between 17 and 20 years who are recent school leavers or currently in Grades 11 and 12 to gauge their hopes and fears about the future. 9 Feb 2023 Read more

Making smart choices after your matric results
Matric results are in for the 2022 cohort, and a new phase of life is about to begin for the country's latest school-leavers. Some will step onto their chosen tertiary or vocational pathways, but for many, the way ahead is not yet clear... 6 Feb 2023 Read more

Registered counsellors can help stem the tide of SA's mental health crisis
With endemic poverty, high unemployment, high crime rates and the prevalence of gender-based violence, South Africans have long been a chronically stressed nation. Over the past few years, the global pandemic, economic downturn, climate crisis and geopolitical wars have only served to highlight the need to properly recognise the impact of poor, and worsening mental health on the country. 12 Dec 2022 Read more

How short courses boost professional development and lifelong learning
Sacap Global launches new short courses and micro credentials in 2022 21 Oct 2022 Read more

From cottage campus to national impact: Sacap celebrates 25 years
In 1997, clinical psychologist, Marc Feitelberg, founded Sacap (The South African College of Applied Psychology). From its early beginnings with 18 students in a cottage in the Cape Town suburb of Wynberg, Sacap today has a well-developed campus in each of South Africa's four main urban centres, a thriving online campus, and over 3,000 students countrywide. 19 Oct 2022 Read more

Why SA needs community-based approaches to mental healthcare
With sustained high levels of stress and trauma experienced across the world over the past few years, mental health and well-being is in the global spotlight. Struggling to cope with adversities is nothing new for South Africans. As one of the world's most traumatised societies, we routinely rank at the top of lists when it comes to the prevalence of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, as well as substance abuse and domestic violence. 20 Sep 2022 Read more

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