SACAP hosts seventh annual festival of learning

The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) will host its 7th annual Festival of Learning at its campus in Claremont tomorrow Thursday May 24 and Friday May 25 with the theme, “The Power to Create Change”.

The programme of interactive talks and panel discussions is aimed at exploring how the fields of psychology, counselling and coaching can lead to individual and group transformation for the betterment of society.

Leading academics and experts, thought leaders and authors will be guiding a variety of dialogues across a wide variety of topics that explore the individual’s power to create change in their own life, family, community, workplace and country. Conversations will range from the latest on single parenting and blended families to new perspectives on human sexuality and gender, as well as pioneering initiatives to handle drug use and addiction.

Coaching dialogues will include cutting-edge views on themes such as mindfulness, emotional intelligence, the flow state, leadership, behaviour change, virtual coaching, cancer coaching, neuroscience and the roadblocks to change.

The programme will also include a panel-driven discussion on how psychology and traditional medicine models could co-exist to deliver more healing. Another highlight will be the hosting of a human library with volunteers serving as books and “reading” them taking the form of conversations. The books represent social groups who face prejudice, stereotyping and stigma, or who have endured experiences that are hard to talk about. Difficult questions and commentary from the “readers” are expected, appreciated and encouraged in order for an authentic exploration of the “titles”, which can range from social status to sexuality, health to trauma and loss, religion to politics. The SACAP is based at the Sunclare Building, 21 Dreyer Street, Claremont.

The festival is from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday and 9am to 5pm on Friday. The Human Library on Friday is from 11am to 3pm.

Tickets for the 2018 Festival of Learning cost R200 for the full-day programme, which includes dialogues, panel discussions and the Human Library.

Tickets for the short-talk evening programme, which includes catering and networking opportunities, are also R200. There is a special offer for students at R80 per ticket. Book through Webtickets. For more information visit