131: International Assessment Series #2: Assessment in South Africa w/ Michelle Ireland

Dr. Jeremy Sharp Podcast 4 Comments

Welcome to the second episode of our international assessment series! Today’s guest is Michelle Ireland, an early-career educational psychologist practicing in South Africa. Similar to last week’s episode, we talk through many of the clinical and cultural nuances of the country as they relate to psychological assessment. Here are just a few things we touch on:

  • Education needed to become a psychologist
  • What assessment looks like in South Africa (measures and practice)
  • Health insurance in South Africa
  • Cultural factors at play in South Africa

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About Michelle Ireland

Michelle is an early-career South African Educational Psychologist and trained at the University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch and University of Pretoria, South Africa. She has specialized in psycho-educational assessments in children from kindergarten through to tertiary level education. Additionally, she consults with schools who are geographically isolated to assist in developing inclusion practices within limited resourced environments. Staff development and training and parent education programs are a large part of her work in these remote areas. 

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include 12 licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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Comments 4

  1. Lovely to hear from you both Jeremy and Michelle, being South African and also a UK trained educational psychologist living in London – currently on a different but related life path but would love to connect with you both. Thanks for what you both do!

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