The characteristic traits that I will contribute to the board is that of psychological knowledge related to criminal and civil matters as well as threat and risk management. I am reliable, dedicated and possess an ability in management skills and problem solving. I have good communication abilities and have the ability to work well within a multi-disciplinary team framework. I am passionate about the area of risk and threat assessment and have received specialized training in this field. I would be honoured to be a part of the Board.
I have been participating in AfATAP events since the first founders meeting in 2019 when the mandate was given to start the association, I have regularly attended OSMET webinars presented by AfATAP and attended the 2021 inaugural online conference.
I am a registered clinical psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa in the area of clinical psychology (independent practice) since 2006. I obtained my BA (cum laude), BA Honours
(cum laude) and Masters in Clinical Psychology from the Northwest University: Potchefstroom
I completed my internship at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital where my passion for forensic work began and moved onto completing my community service year at Krugersdorp Correctional Services, where I was given the opportunity to work with inmates therapeutically, but also as doing continuous risk and threat assessments. I then obtained valuable experience in the academic field, being a lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg for a period of 6 years where my areas of expertise included forensic psychology, psychopathology, neuropsychology, developmental psychology and psychometric assessment. My area of teaching was on undergraduate and post graduate level.
My love and passion for working in the field of forensic psychiatry motivated me to pursue my career in a specialized psychiatric institution with a focus on forensic psychiatry. Currently, I am based as the Senior Clinical Psychologist and psychological services manager in the forensic unit at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital, where I have gained extensive experience in the area of criminal and civil forensic assessments and provide supervision and training to clinical psychology interns and medical doctors in the field of forensic work. I have contributed to the knowledge base of forensic psychology by being a national trainer in several psychometric instruments, provide training on the area of forensic psychology and contributed to literary work with a chapter in a South African textbook focused on criminal matters.
I am currently a joint appointee for the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand.