Denver University & UKZN Discuss Collaboration
UKZN’s Department of Behavioural Medicine in the School of Nursing and Public Health recently hosted a group of students from the University of Denver in the United States.
The group was led by Professor Neil Gowensmith, a clinical and forensic psychologist at Denver’s School of Professional Psychology.
Their visit was part of a plan to establish formal collaboration between the two universities.
Gowensmith said the idea of collaboration started following interaction he had with UKZN’s Professor Anthony Pillay in areas of behavioral medicine and forensic psychology – research interests common to both academics.
It is hoped the planned collaboration will help in the initiative towards decolonisation of the curriculum at UKZN.
Said Gowensmith, ‘We want to create a hub for progressive thinking around forensic psychology and that can only happen through curriculum development, student exchange programmes, the sharing of ideas and strong general collaboration.’
This visit provided an opportunity for UKZN professional Clinical Psychology Master’s and Denver Forensic Health students to engage and share ideas on how to enhance the planned partnership.
‘This is a very exciting partnership considering, among other possibilities, the development of a Forensic Psychology training programme at UKZN, given that the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is currently considering this category of specialised registration,’ said UKZN’s Professor Anthony Pillay who is a Principal Clinical Psychologist, renowned researcher and leader in this partnership.
Words: Lihle Sosibo