Congress Chair 

Daniel Rabinowitz (MA Clin Psych, UJ)

Daniel is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the HPCSA in South Africa and the HPCA in New Zealand. In 2011, he was awarded his Honours at the University of South Africa, and in 2013, he was awarded his MA at the University of Johannesburg. Daniel is an International Course Certified DBT Member (CBTASA) and Advanced REBT/CBT Associate Member (CBTASA). Daniel is currently the Director of Cape Town Psychologists, a private practice in Sea Point, where the main model of treatment is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT): Daniel is also the Director of Kuthetha Nathi / Talk to Us, a non-profit organisation focused on task-sharing, or rationally delegating professional skills to mental health paraprofessionals. Prior to his formal work in psychology, Daniel worked for 10 years in the industry of sales and marketing.

Scientific Co-Chairs 

Jaco Rossouw 

Jaco is an extraordinary senior lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University. His research interest lies in the field of PTSD and cognitive-behavioural treatment of PTSD amongst youth and adults. Jaco is now in his 29th year of private practice with a focus on the CBT treatment of emotional disorders as well as OCD and PTSD. He is an Associate Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute and a registered Supervisor in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (RECBT). Jaco is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy. He provides training in RECBT in association with the Albert Ellis Institute, provides training in exposure therapy for emotional disorders and various disorder specific CBT training workshops. He also contributes to training programs for Masters psychology students and provides training to psychiatry registrars in CBT.

Charles Young 

Charles is a Professor of Psychology at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Before that, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. His interest in cognitive therapy started at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, United Kingdom, more than twenty years ago. There, he was involved in the development of low-intensity, brief cognitive therapies for common mental disorders, which was an early part of the pioneering developments to increase access to psychological therapies in the National Health Service. He won the Beck Institute Scholarship competition for faculty and students in 2012, which influenced his active learning approach to teaching cognitive therapy. He has taught a course in cognitive therapy to counselling and clinical psychology students for 15 years at Rhodes University and now teaches cognitive therapy to professional and clinical psychology students at Murdoch University. He was a member and then vice chair of the Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and was involved in setting the training standards for professional psychology in South Africa.     


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