CPD Workshops presented by the Department of Psychology


Continuous Professional Development (CPD) accreditation has been applied for with the HPCSA.

All workshops will be hosted on campus in Salt River, Cape Town.
For registrations and information, contact Celeste Swart on celestes@cornerstone.ac.za or call 021 448 0050.


Presenter Programme for the Forthcoming Year Date CPD credits Course fee
Serahni Symington Counselling children and adolescents 23 August 5 R700
Geraldine Franciscus Solution Focused Brief Counselling
13 September
5 R700
Samantha Hanslo Ego States Model of Transactional Analysis 8 October 5 R700
Narissa Philander Ethical Considerations in Psychology 25 October 5 R700
Sharon Johnson Stress Management through Living Values Training Workshop TBA 5 R700
Joanne Kaschula The Story of Narrative Therapy TBA 8 R1600




xPLAY THERAPY IMAGE - S Symington courseCounselling children and adolescents – Dr. Serahni Symington 

23 Augustus, Tuesday

To be covered in this Workshop: In this workshop, age-specific techniques to address some of the challenges of working with children and adolescents will be explored. This will be done drawing from the Gestalt Approach to counselling children and adolescents, with focus on the value of play, play-based activities and sensory work to promote and establish the therapeutic relationship between the health care professional and the child/adolescent.

About the Presenter: Serahni Symington started her studies at the University of Stellenbosch with a BA degree, majoring in psychology and language. After the completion of her degree she was accepted into the BA Honours in Psychology programme at the same institution. She completed her Honours and started teaching at a high school in the northern suburbs of Cape Town while doing a Post Graduate Certificate in Senior Phase Education.

She was a secondary school teacher for 6 years, as well as in part time practice for 4 years. She previously held a position as lecturer at a further education and training college. Serahni takes responsibility in the Psychology Department as a senior lecturer. She focusses on counselling and adolescent / child psychology.

Registration: To register, download the registration form here, complete and mail back to celestes@cornerstone.ac.za


Solution Focused Brief Counselling – Geraldine Franciscus

13 September, Thursday

To be covered in this Workshop: This introductory workshop will explore various techniques and methods in Solution Focused Brief Counselling, using role plays and feedback as primary tools for developing skills. Its approach is short-term-goal-oriented, with focus on the counsellee’s strengths and resources rather than his/her deficits and weaknesses.

About the Presenter: Geraldine Franciscus (M.Psych), Head of Psychology Department, lectures in psychology. Geraldine completed her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology with a thesis in the area of Child Sexual Abuse disclosure. Prior to teaching at Cornerstone, she worked at the Institute for Child and Family Development (UWC) as an Administrator and Trainer on the Child Protective Services programme, and completed an internship at the Institute for Counselling (UWC). Her training includes a Higher Diploma in Education, HR and Assessor training. Geraldine is currently involved in pursuing PhD studies in the area of Adolescent Risk-Taking Behaviour and Relationships. She has also been involved in training lay counsellors and running psycho-educational workshops in communities, also Health Department mental healthcare workers, occupational therapists, psychiatric nurses and social workers.

Geraldine lectures in the areas of Psychopathology, Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Crisis Counselling and Counselling Skills. She supervises postgraduate students’ Independent Research Projects.

Registration: To register, download the registration form  here, complete and mail back to celestes@cornerstone.ac.za.

For more information, call Celeste Swart, 021 448 0050.


ExSTRESS MANAGEMENT TRHOUGH LIVING VALUES image S Johnsonsgo States Model of Transactional Analysis – Samantha Hanslo – Counselling Psychologist

8 October, Saturday

To be covered in this Workshop: The workshop will focus on the Ego States Model of Transactional Analysis and how to use this theory in practice.

▪What is Ego states
▪Diagnosing Ego states
▪Utilising this model with clients

About the Presenter: Samantha Hanslo is a Counselling Psychologist. Her interest in TA started in 2006 when she started working at FAMSA in Observatory as a part time receptionist. Since then she completed her Master’s Degree in 2010 at UWC and worked at CPUT and UWC in Student Counselling settings as well as with Stellenbosch University in the public health and HIV field.

Samantha has trained with various South African and international TA practitioners and trainers and has been practicing TA with clients for the last 6 years.

Stress Management through Living Values Training Workshop – Dr. S Johnson

To Be Confirmed.

To be covered in the Workshop:

  • Stress – information on benefits and dangers
  • Multiple approaches to stress management
  • Living Values approach to self-care
  • Exploration of Living Values
  • Integration of Living Values with stress reduction
  • Living Values healing techniques for stress reduction
  • Exploration of different contexts of Living Values stress reduction
  • Applying Living Values to stress reduction self-care work


About the Presenter:  Dr Sharon Johnson is a Registered Counsellor with the HPCSA, and trainer in international care practices. Sharon completed a Masters in Psychology at Stellenbosch University in 2010, focusing on wellness practices for HIV/AIDS coordinator teachers in Cape Flats schools. She was accepted into the PhD Psychology program, with her research and dissertation focusing on wellness practices for stress and burnout alleviation for teachers in high-risk schools, which was completed in 2013.

Sharon is completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stellenbosch University, focusing on teacher wellness in a main stream high school and a care centre for maltreated youth on the Cape Flats.  She is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at Cornerstone Institute.

Registration: To register, download the registration form  here, complete and mail back to celestes@cornerstone.ac.za.

For more information, call Celeste Swart, 021 448 0050.

Other workshop details to follow.