IACAPAP : Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists in South Africa

The South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (SAACAPAP) was proud to host the first IACAPAP World Congress to be held on the African continent, and doubly proud to have done so during the term of office of the first African President of IACAPAP, Olayinka Omigbodun, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

The International Convention Centre in Durban is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world. Durban, capital of the province of KwaZulu Natal, is South Africa’s premier holiday destination. The subtropical climate and warm Indian Ocean mean all-year-round swimming and outdoor activities. Several game parks are only a few hours’ drive to the north, and the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, with its holiday hotels and scenic hikes, is only a few hours’ drive to the west.

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Let’s begin by clearing up the misconceptions that exist for many people about the differences between a psychiatrist and a psychologist.  It’s not uncommon for people to be confused between these two professions. A psychologist has a degree in In the study of the human mind and behavior, whereas psychiatrists have graduated as doctors from medical school and have completed their internship and residency. Psychiatrists are qualified to prescribe medication for their patients whereas psychologists are not. The two both work in the same areas of treatment and often refer patients to each other.

Poverty, unemployment and a history of violence and discrimination in the country are all factors that contribute to an unstable environment for children and youth to flourish mentally and emotionally in South Africa.  In poor communities, it is not uncommon for children to neglected and abused by their caregivers.

The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s hospital in Cape Town is the only medical institution  in South Africa which is entirely dedicated to the physical and psychological well being of children.

Child Psychiatry

Early in 1964, psychiatrist, Dr Vera Buhrmann, founded the Child and Adolescent outpatient unit at the Red Cross hospital, meeting an urgent need for psychiatric care for children and adolescents in the community. The unit was permanently busy and grew from strength to strength and just over ten years later a dedicated facility was established in a converted residential premises nearby. The new facility comprised a much larger staff, including three child psychiatrists catering for seriously damaged children by means of their out patient program. In late 1978, DCAP, or the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found its home at the Sawkins Rd establishment in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

DCAP has helped tens of thousands of children and adolescents since its inception and humble beginnings. With the help of government grants and generous donations from generous sponsors, the facility has become the country’s leading specialist center for psychologically disturbed children and adolescents.

Looking for a Child Friendly Dentist in Claremont ?

Well done to Dr P SIngh, the Claremont dentist for his affordable, high standard of dental care. We’ve had several fantastic emails and reports back from some of our international delegates that attended IACAPAP 2014. It really makes me feel proud to be a South African when I read these emails. There seems to be so much negativity about our current political affairs and the local news can be quite depressing at times. So to read these reports coming in from the IACAPAP 2014 delegates that decided to tour our beautiful country after the conference really warms my heart. Helen O’Connor from Dublin in Ireland is one of these delegates who has taken the time to write in and thank us for hosting such a great conference and also fill me in on her holiday she took in Cape Town afterwards. Helen met up with her husband and eight year old son in Cape Town after leaving the conference in Durban. The family were staying with family friends in Claremont. One day after arriving in Cape Town, Helen’s son, Sean, complained of dreadful toothache.  In desperation Helen asked her friend with whom they were staying if she could recommend a good dentist in Claremont. Helen’s friend pointed her in the direction of Dr P. Singh who runs a dental practice at 96 Belvedere Rd, Claremont, in Cape Town.

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Being a tourist, Helen was uncertain at first about finding a dentist in Claremont for her son, as the boy was like many children a bit fearful of visits to the dentist. Fortunately, Dr Singh turned out to be so good at working with her child that she took the time to email us about her experiences with this Claremont based dentist. Dr Singh started his dental practice in Claremont in 2010 after completing a stay on the island state of Tasmania in Australia, where he was the primary dentist. The Claremont dentist was quick to grow his dental practice and it wasn’t long before he expanded. Dr Singh now offers Prosthetic dentistry, Cosmetic dentistry as well as general dentistry in Claremont. These services include :

  • Oral Hygiene
  • Root Planning
  • Scaling & Polishing
  • Tooth Coloured Fillings, Composite Restorations (Metal Free)
  • Root Canal Treatment
  • Bruxism (bite splints for grinding)
  • Mouth Guards
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Preventative Treatment (fissure sealants and fluoride treatment)
  • Anti-snoring Devices

Cosmetic Dentistry includes :

  • Ceramic Crowns, Inlays and Onlays
  • Opalescence Tooth Whitening
  • Ceramic Veneers
  • Dental Bridges and Crowns
  • Implant Supported Crowns and Bridges
  • Tooth Supported Crowns and Bridges

Dr Singh is well known for his concerns about the high costs of dental services in South Africa and is dedicated to providing high standards of dental care at affordable rates. We hope he continues to impress and care for his patients as much as Hellen O’Connor of Ireland was.

IACAPAP Delegates Explore Cape Town

At the closure of the first IACAPAP World Congress, members of SAACAPAP (The South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions) proudly bid farewell to delegates they had come to know and bond with over the duration of the Congress. The members felt proud of the manner in which the first IACAPAP ever held on African soil had been concluded in South Africa. There was the air of a job well done and optimism in the air, such that many international delegates felt inspired to travel south from Durban and spend a few days relaxing and exploring Cape Town.

Ashanti Backpackers in Cape Town

And why shouldn’t these dedicated men and women who had given up so much of their lives leading up to the Conference, be allowed a little bit of time to decompress In Cape Town’s loving arms ? The motion had my full support, and after discussing a few trivial matters, it was decided that the eight of us would head down to Cape Town and enjoy the Cape Weather, Wines and Hospitality for seven days, before having to regroup with the rest of the delegates before they finally departed South Africa.

Ok, so we had a loose plan in place now, all we had to do was get to Cape Town, find reasonable accommodation, check in and then have some fun for a week, before meeting up with the rest of the delegates at the end of the week…….

OK! Book flights for eight people, asap, to Cape Town. Everybody turned to their mobile phones and started frowning while stroking and wiping their glass screens. I presumed this meant they had begun trying to source flight times etc from airlines. Dino broke away from his mobile phone “god” first, and claimed to have found us the perfect accommodation in Cape Town, It’s Ashanti Lodge, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Cape Town ! Whist the term backpacker was not all that inspiring as it conjured up memories of shoddy places I’d stayed at when I was much younger, there was a round of applause from the rest of the gang. It seemed that Ashanti Lodge was far more than an ordinary backpacker. Our Accommodation agreed upon, things sped up from there, and less than an hour later I was at the Durban airport waiting to board my flight for Cape Town. An almost peaceful hour and thirty minute flight, where we all seemed to regroup and acknowledge that we were escaping for a weeks holiday in Cape Town.

We made quick of the airport formalities, gathered our luggage and entered the airport collections area. Straight up ahead was a chap holding a card above his head that stated “ASHANTI – IACAPAP DELEGATES”. Bags loaded into the transporter, we hopped in and began our drive into the city. Glen, the Ashanti Lodge driver, pointed out points of interest, including the Majestic Table Mountain.

Twenty five minutes later when we arrived at the Lodge, it was after 4pm and you feel the sun slowly starting to sink into the Atlantic Ocean, casting a golden light over everything it touched. Ashanti Lodge Cape Town Backers is perhaps the oldest backpacker in Cape Town, started more than twenty years ago.  The original building is a converted Victorian Mansion, nestled just below Table Mountain, in the Cape Town Gardens District. It’s location is unbeatable, 2.3km from Table Mountain, 800m from the Iziko South African Museum, and 4.7 km from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront’s shops. Apart from the converted Victorian Mansion, their are two other smaller properties in the adjacent street that offer something to those looking for a bit more comfort.

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Our crew  parted ways with an air of excitement, eager to put our bags down in our rooms and explore the friendly surroundings. The lodge was busy at that time of year, so we were largely surrounded by people young and old of different nationalities, as excited as we were to be in Cape Town, and ready to start exploring. Dino reported back in 10 minutes. “There’s a pub upstairs with a pool table that has the most amazing views of Table Mountain….but if you just peek over the balcony, there is a beautiful crystal clear swimming pool filled with scantily clad frolicking Swedish girls !! Haha, I had to laugh. We were in Dino heaven.  If you are ever considering spending a week in Cape Town and need accommodation in a Cape Town Backpackers, I cannot stress how much you need to just take a peek at Ashanti Lodge. The setting cannot be beaten, the location is so perfect, the staff and general friendly vibe is what really set me on it though. A beautiful little oasis, smack bang in the center of Cape Town.

 

Swizzle Stick Manufacturer Supports Child Psychiatry

The children of Southern Africa can never get enough support from generous donors and sponsors concerned with the psychiatric well being and health of children and adolescents in the region. Recently, local Cape Town business, The Sugar Crystal Company showed it’s support for the psychiatric centers that cater to the needs of emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in the Cape Metropolitan area. The company is based in the Montague Gardens industrial area and is involved in the rather unique process of manufacturing sugar swizzle sticks in South Africa. The business came into existence thirteen years ago, realizing that there was a gap in this niche market. After pioneering a secret process for mass producing rock candy and sugar swizzle sticks using state of the art equipment the company began expanding into the international export market. The business has grown to almost three times it’s original size in the past ten years, much of this owed to the hard work of partners Richard Morris and Gary Clarke. There were many times in the beginning when it looked like the end of the road, but somehow they managed to persevere and pull through the rough times. After beginning with standard natural flavored sugar swizzle sticks in a clear and amber (brown sugar) color range the company started expanding and diversifying its product range. The initial natural flavored swizzle stick range was aimed at the hospitality industry, hotels, coffee shops and restaurants. The new product range was quite different in that it was a flavored swizzle stick that was available in thirteen colors and flavors.

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After focusing on the perfecting their formula and refining their manufacturing process, the South African company opened the sugar swizzle stick online store which enables customers to order their swizzle sticks and rock candy online via the website.

The Sugar Crystal Company has been extremely generous of its support of the child psychiatry services in Cape Town and outlying areas. Not only have they shown their interest in giving back to the local community by backing the local child psychiatry initiatives, but the company has also been involved in many other community development projects which aim to empower women in the communities. Next time you may stir your cup of coffee or tea with a sugar swizzle stick, think of the Sugar Crystal company and its commitment to improving the conditions of children through access to psychiatry.

The company currently employs over fifty African women, most of them mothers with children that depend on them for basic needs.

Drug Rehabilitation Centres in Cape Town

Children and adolescents in Cape Town and South Africa are not only psychologically damaged by the immediate  negative conditions in their homes and communities, but also through the widespread abuse of drugs and alcohol by family members and community members.  In some cases the children and adolescents themselves have already begun to experiment with drugs and harmful substances, perhaps in an attempt to self medicate the pre-existing psychological traumas they experience. People who suffer from addiction in what ever for it may manifest itself (alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex addiction, eating disorders) all show similar symptoms of addiction. That is the compulsive repeating of a behavior which promises reward, but ultimately destroys the addict. The addict is unable to stop repeating this cycle, regardless of the evidence to show that it is harmful to them and those close to them. The addict remains compelled to get that next drink, or next fix, even though they can see that their lives are falling apart, jobs lost, families torn apart.

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Fortunately Cape Town is one of the leading cities in world when it comes to facilities geared towards and dedicated towards treating suffering addicts. The number of facilities offering treatment to those suffering from substance abuse has increased dramatically over the past few years. However not all the centres offer the same quality of service or specialize in the same fields. Pricing also varies a great deal from one treatment centre to the next.

A Cape Town, web based business called Rehab-Search.directory has started an online portal where a user could easily find detailed information, for example about drug rehabilitation centres in Cape Town.  Using the Rehab-Search.directory website, an addict looking for the best treatment for themselves, or a family member trying to find the treatment centre most suited to their loved one, is able to navigate the comprehensive directory which lists only the best addiction treatment facilities and drug rehabilitation centres. Rehab-Search.directory makes it easier for the person searching for help to find the centre which is best equipped to deal with their specific form of addiction or disorder. The website has a fresh clean layout and is simple to navigate. Whether you’re looking for centres that specialize in addiction, behavioral health, specialty centres dealing with ADHD and OCD, Eating Disorder Centres, Healing Centres, Integrative Health Centres or Halfway Houses and Sober Living Facilities, Rehab-Search.directory has got you covered.  They can also offer you assistance in finding the best Multi-professional Counseling Centres, Multi-professional Psychological Groups, Outpatient Rehab Programs, Psychiatric Clinics and Testing Services.

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Taking that first step and reaching out, asking for help can be scary and quite daunting. Rehab-Search.directory has made it extremely easy to find the right service for you or your loved one by placing all of the best facilities available in one easy to find directory. The facilities are then carefully categorized into their various areas of proficiency to make your search even easier.