Deputy Director: Academic Support & ICT, Unisa Western Cape
Registered Clinical Psychologist and certified group therapist
Shahieda is the Deputy Director: Academic Support and ICT at UNISA, Western Cape since October 2016. She provides strategic and operational leadership to the three sections of her division – Career counseling, Library Services, and Facilitation of Learning. She is involved in strategic and executive directives, organizational change management and the effective management of student affairs services.
From June 2008 to September 2016 she was the Manager of Student Counselling at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) where she coordinated the psychological and broader developmental needs of the students and supervised and trained Masters level psychology interns.
Shahieda dropped out of her PhD studies while employed as a Research Officer at UCT. But years later, while working full time at UWC, completed her PhD in Psychology, through Unisa.
Her knowledge and experience accumulated in four major areas of specialization:
- Locally relevant models of self
- Indigenized diversity training
- Group-based personal growth and development
- Gender-conscious personal development for men
Are applied to interventions that include all-male groups, team building, deep diversity work, gender specific transformation, small group and organization wide change management, conflict resolution, and the support and development of students/staff in the era of “# FeesMustFall”. from January 2006 to May 2008
Research psychologist by training and a leading thinker on masculinities, Kopano is professor at Unisa. He is the incumbent chair of the board of Sonke Gender Justice and past president of the Psychological Society of South Africa.
Professor in the Institute for Social and Health Sciences at the University of South Africa, Kopano Ratele is co-director of the MRC-UNISA Safety and Peace Promotion Research Unity. Best known for his work on men and masculinity – specifically in relation to violence, race, sexualities, and tradition – he has published a number of books, scholarly essays, research papers, and shorter pieces on a range of psychological, cultural and social topics.
His list of publications included the co-edited book ‘From Boys to Men: Social Constructions of Masculinities in Contemporary Society’; ‘Inter-group Relations: South African Perspectives’; and “There Was This Goat”, co-authored with Nosisi Mpolweni and Antjie Krog. Ratele was head of the South African WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Intentional Injury and Violence Prevention.
Trevor McArthur obtained a BSW (Social Work) as well as a MPhil (Criminal Justice) from UCT. He is currently finalising a PhD in Sociology from Stellenbosch University. McArthur’s research interests includes: Gender, Health, Education and Interpersonal Violence.
Her interest in Mens’s group facilitation started in 2010 when she joined the Therapeutic Services unit of CSSS at UWC and first learned of this intervention and saw its unique benefits to clients.During her time at UWC she facilitated her own mixed gender groups. She ran her first men’s group at CPUT in 2016.
Reflections on first men’s group
I started the men’s group at my campus after having several conversations with male students who expressed an interest in talking about the experience of being a male today and the particular
challenges they face currently. The group was eagerly supported but was terminated earlier than expected due to time constraints. Feedback from the group noted that all participants expressed an interest in continuing with the group next year. The participants found an instant understanding between themselves and was able to speak easily about their goals in the group. They mentioned that they found the experience of a safe space among men a unique and treasured one.