The mission of the Optentia Research Focus Area is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context. The research entity utilises the inputs from various disciplines, including Work, Educational, Clinical, Counselling and Research Psychology, Risk Management, Information Technology, Human Resource Management, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work. These multidisciplinary inputs are used to study the optimisation of potential through an approach of moving “from precarity to capability”.

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COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

For official information regarding COVID-19 and the Corona Virus please visit the COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal. Visit Now.

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UK Research and Innovation cuts research funding

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the body that controls research funding in the UK has cut research funding which affects a research project at Optentia. Click Read article

Llewellyn van Zyl Appointed as the New Speciality Chief Editor with Frontiers in Psychology (Positive Psychology)

On 4 March 2021, the Journal “Frontiers in Psychology” launched a new section dedicated to Positive Psychology under ...Read article

NWU professor and co-author to launch book on community development

The North-West University’s (NWU’s) Optentia research focus area will be hosting a virtual launch of a book "Does Community Development Work? – co-written by Prof Lucius Botes – on 20 April from 10:00 ...Read article

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Online SLP: Research Design
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Online SLP: Research Design
14:00: Zoom session 16 - Topic 9.1 (JASP)