Mr. Charl Davids is a registered psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. He is a former Youth Programme Manager at Selfhelp Manenberg; Training Department Manager (Trauma Centre for the Survivors of Violence and Torture, CPT) and Principal Psychologist (South African Police Services, CPT). He started his private practice in 2003. He had the position of Deputy and HOD at UWC's Psychology Department. He is currently the Deputy Director at the Centre for Student Counselling and Development at Stellenbosch University. Since 2018 he also serves as the SADC regional Coordinator of the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR). He will speak about his experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Daniel Page makes some evidence-based suggestions for coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We spoke to Professor Ellen Langer, mother of mindfulness, about all things mindful in this time of uncertainty. This discussion focusses on coping with the current COVID-19 pandemic and accepting the uncertainty that comes with the disease. She also discusses how mindfulness relies on the appreciation of uncertainty and that by recognizing this we become more mindful. She highlights the current ‘crisis’ as the time to find new opportunities, conduct our affairs in new ways and explore what works for us. Lastly, she emphasizes making peace with where we are at, and refraining from approaching numbers and statistics as absolute.
Associate Professor Michelle Andipatin is the Deputy Dean of Research in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape. Her background is Psychology and she specialized in Research Psychology. She works in the area of women’s health, gender issues and qualitative research. Her talk will highlight how numbers have taken such prime space during this pandemic and obscured the stories behind the number.