17Oct 2021

By Carien de Klerk Trauma has become a popular word in the everyday vernacular.  In education circles people are talking about trauma-informed schools and we also hear of trauma-informed cultures in workplaces.  Is it just another buzz-word, or is it important to know about trauma? In the mental health world, we know how important it […]

17Jun 2021

Article by WHO (World Health Organisation) Article Source: Key Facts: One in six people are aged 10-19 years. Mental health conditions account for 16% of the global burden of disease and injury in people aged 10-19 years. Half of all mental health conditions start by 14 years of age but most cases are undetected […]

30Apr 2021

By: Ed Board, Article sourced from: Bullying may seriously affect the mental health and well-being of children and youth. Parents, teachers, coaches, and other youth-serving adults are in positions where they are able to notice when there are signs of mental distress or bullying behaviour. Research suggests that children and youth who are bullied over time are […]

15Apr 2021

Research shows that clear rules help keep kids safe Rae Jacobson Article sourced from: Adolescence is a tricky time. Teenagers are just beginning to establish their identities and this often means testing the limits of parental controls. When it comes to drugs and alcohol, pushing the boundaries can lead to dangerous territory. Setting clear rules […]

03Nov 2020

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders (Law, Sideridis, Prock, & Sheridan, 2014; Jacobs, 2014; Fabio, Castriciano, & Rondanini, 2015; Lerner & Johns, 2012).  It is a developmental disorder characterised by severe levels of attention-disorganised and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity beyond that observed in individuals at a comparable level of development (American Psychiatric Association, […]

05Aug 2020

Ally Franken is one of our psychological counsellors at Good Hope Psychological Service who works four days a week at our branch in Paarl. She is from the Eastern Cape – born and bred in Stutterheim where she also completed her school career. She has a soft spot for the countryside and tries to avoid […]

09Jul 2020

Good Hope Psychological Service is very privileged to have Peter Morris as chairman of the board. But who is this interesting man? Peter is a born Bolander; he was born as the second oldest of six children in Vlottenburg near Stellenbosch where both his parents were farm labourers on the farm, Digtebij. “In those years, […]

04Jun 2020

Carien de Klerk, CEO of Good Hope Psychological Service ( explains how to assemble an interim kit for your child; a document that serves as a guideline to parents and/or guardians as to what will be needed when a child goes missing. The document she talks about can be found HERE:

01Jun 2020

The staff of Good Hope Psychological Services (GHPS) are all wearing green ribbons during the National Child Protection Week and are also urging others to do the same. The green ribbon refers to life and growth! By wearing the green ribbon you: show support for the promotion of rights, care, and protection of our children. […]