About Us-In Development

Our story

Marc Feitelberg established the South African College of Applied Psychology in Cape Town in 1997. He based it on a similar model to its successful Australian counterpart – the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP).

 

SACAP grew steadily and with the advent of formalised bodies of recognition such as the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), the college achieved accreditation as a private higher education institution with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE). This was a critical turning point for SACAP as it could package its modules into various diploma qualifications.

 

Another key event occurred when Lance Katz bought the college in 2010. Fuelled by his inspired vision of scope and scale, SACAP is now at the forefront of higher education in Applied Psychology, Management and Leadership in South Africa. The college has over 2 000 (and growing) students and has custom-designed campuses in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria and offers training to the world via its Online Campus.

 

Our grounding in applied psychology, together with our  innovative and transformative educational philosophy, produce high
quality graduates who blend skill, critical thinking and creativity to be responsive to the needs of society leading to positive change.

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Purpose, Vision and Mission

PURPOSE:

Educating for a better world

VISION:

Develop change makers through innovative education.

MISSION:

Our grounding in applied psychology, together with our innovative and transformative educational philosophy, produce high quality graduates who blend skill, critical thinking and creativity to be responsive to the needs of society leading to positive change.

How we make a difference

SACAP is inspired by a vision of an empowered society, knitted by confident, self-aware individuals in healthy relationships with self, family and community.

We contribute significantly to the fulfilment of this vision by empowering our students to grow in themselves and to positively impact the lives of others. In this way, SACAP plays a critical and positive role within South African communities and our society at large. Trained practitioners bring positive individual and communal transformation.

They are, however, in short supply relative to the enormous need. South African society is dislocated with enormous untapped potential which is exactly why SACAP is dedicated to the training and development of knowledgeable, skilled and ethical practitioners through the provision of leading, accredited, high-quality educational programmes and qualifications.

Academically, our educators are acknowledged as leading professionals in their fields of expertise. Students benefit from the wealth of experience and skill that our educators are able to bring to the teaching and learning environment.

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Academic Board

Boitmuleo Diale

Academic Board Chairperson

About

Experienced Educational Psychologist and scholar in the field of career development with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Mentoring, Tutoring, Curriculum Development, Leadership, Public Speaking and Staff Development. Strong healthcare services professional graduated from University of Johannesburg .

Academic Board

Jaclyn Lotter

Academic Dean

About

Experienced Educator with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Psychotherapy, Qualitative Research, Lecturing, Curriculum Development and Psychological Assessment. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Psychology) focused in Community Psychology from Rhodes University.

Academic Board

Ashley Smyth

Dean Emeritus

About

I serve as a consultant in private higher education in South Africa related to good management and development of academic processes. This includes liaising with all regulatory bodies in higher education in South Africa, classroom teaching and learning, skills development of educators, quality assurance of existing academic programmes and curriculum design and development of all new academic programmes.

Academic Board

Laura Fisher

Head of Research and Development

About

I am an Academic Strategist with 18 years of experience in Higher Education, serving at large and small, Public Universities and Colleges and both nationally and internationally. I have developed, facilitated and managed numerous strategic plans, accreditations and process improvement initiatives in a range of Higher Educational Institutions. I am committed to the development of education and training that is grounded in a rigorous review of research, develops deep competencies that align to specific market related and/or community related needs, and serves as a catalyst for social justice in the process of social transformation. I am a passionate educator, trainer and have intentionally taught using pedagogies that inspire people to recalibrate their thinking about their ability to be instrumentally involved in transformative processes.

Academic Board, Board of Directors

Lance Katz

Non-Executive Director

About

Lance Katz bought The South African College of Applied Psychology in 2010. Fuelled by his inspired vision of scope and scale, SACAP is now at the forefront of higher education in Applied Psychology, Management and Leadership in South Africa. The college has over 2 000 (and growing) students and has custom-designed campuses in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria and offers training to the world via its Online Campus.

Academic Board, Board of Directors

Thirusha Naidu

Non-Executive Director

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About

Experienced Clinical Psychologist with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Medicine, Cognition, Life Transitions, Neuropsychology, and Public Speaking. Strong education professional with a PhD Psychology and Health Promotion focused in Clinical Psychology from University of KwaZulu-Natal .

Academic Board

Gordon Isaacs

About

Experienced Lecturer and former associate professor in clinical social work and development ( UCT) and Psycho-social consultant with 50 years of a demonstrated history of working in the professional training, community development, community mental health and psycho-social counselling : BA ( SW) , M.Soc.Sc ( Distinction) PhD ( UCT) ( former member of SA institute for psychotherapy. focused in clinical social work, social development, sex worker rights Teach at SACAP.

I also supervise clinical students for honours and masters in my practice

 

Academic Board

Marcel Londt

About

Marcel Londt is the Deputy Head of the Department of Social Work at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently working on publishing her work with sex offenders and men who use violence in an intimate relationship. She is a Senior Lecturer with responsibilities for both undergraduate and post graduate students in social work. She also supervises students in the NOHA program, an EU funded program on Humanitarian Studies.

Her community-based interventions include a private practice, named Catts, that specializes in assessment and treatment of sex offenders and batterers.

Board of Directors

Debbie Hemp

Business Development Director; Executive Director

About

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Academic Board, Board of Directors

Lance Katz

Non-Executive Director

About

Lance Katz bought The South African College of Applied Psychology in 2010. Fuelled by his inspired vision of scope and scale, SACAP is now at the forefront of higher education in Applied Psychology, Management and Leadership in South Africa. The college has over 2 000 (and growing) students and has custom-designed campuses in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria and offers training to the world via its Online Campus.

Academic Board, Board of Directors

Thirusha Naidu

Non-Executive Director

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About

Experienced Clinical Psychologist with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Medicine, Cognition, Life Transitions, Neuropsychology, and Public Speaking. Strong education professional with a PhD Psychology and Health Promotion focused in Clinical Psychology from University of KwaZulu-Natal .