Meet the Team

Vista Academy is an accredited service provider for the Psychology Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and applies on an individual basis for all other continuing professional development (CPD) training to the relevant councils, for example, the South African Council for Social Service Professionals (SACSSP) and the Medical Board of the HPCSA.

Vista Academy presents regular CPD seminars, workshops and short courses in Centurion and is available to present additional training on request in other areas of South Africa. 

In partnership with Vista Clinic, Vista Academy also offers a variety of mental wellness presentations to the general public, corporate entities and community-based organisations.

Our Mission

CPD Training

Providing training on relevant topics and latest developments in the field of mental health.

Professionalism

Maintaining exceptional professional service and support.

Technology Integration

Reaching more professionals through the use of technology.

Serviceability

Broadening our scope of services to include training for individuals working within fellow helping professions.

Our Values

Vision

The following values were adopted by Vista Academy:

To maintain unconditional Christian love and care for all people;

To ensure a professional code of ethics and conduct is maintained;

Respect for human rights and dignity;

Enabling professionals through empowerment, training and development; and;

Building and optimising human potential to achieve their full capacity.

Vista Academy strives to remain the leader in continuing professional development through enhancing the skills of individuals in such a dynamic way that we become Africa’s industry benchmark for CPD training in the helping professions.

Hannetjie Buitendag

Administrative Manager

I am a “retired” social worker and now actively involved in the administration of Vista Clinic. I previously worked as the clinical coordinator and later the registrar of the CPD programme.

 

There are a few mottoes that I have implemented as part of my life directors, and recently this one became a valuable one for me: “Sometimes we just have to stop being scared and go for it. Either it will work or it won’t. That’s life” (DestinyAchievement)

I enjoy nature, and as life in the city does not often provide much of that: I appreciate nature photography: colour combinations, play of shadows, clouds, sunrises and sunsets…. We can still find beauty if we look for it!
If I was an animal, I would be a kiewiet (crowned lapwing).

Tamryn Schmahl

Senior CPD Administrator

I am a linguistics and psychology graduate, currently managing the activities of Vista Academy. This role brings with it tasks such as selecting the training topics on offer and applying for accreditation at the various councils, in addition to overseeing the day-to-day functioning of the academy. I have been with Vista for 5 awesome years.

 

A quote that really resonates with me is this one, by Viktor E. Frankl: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

I am a complete bookworm! A few of my other favourite pastimes include travelling to unique places where I can learn from other cultures, hiking in nature, and sampling flavoursome foods.

The animal I most identify with is an owl.

Monique Engelbrecht

CPD Administrator

I am a Psychology graduate tasked with the various administrative and day-to-day duties at Vista Academy. My role includes tending to queries received from delegates and service providers, planning and coordinating various tasks, as well as marketing.

 

“The idea is to die young as late as possible”. I love this quote by Ashley Montagu as it speaks to my philosophy I carry with me in life, and that is to live a life of balance.

My heart is in the quiet heat of the bush. I love nature and being outdoors, and I also enjoy adventurous activities that push me past my comfort zone. I dream big, work hard, and always try to live in the moment.

The animal I most identify with is a leopard.

Juan Royffe

Group Facilitator & EAP Counsellor

I present psycho-educational groups at Vista Clinic, provide employee wellness support, and form part of the Vista Academy team, in which I assist with community groups and CPD seminars.  I hold a BSc Traumatology and Adv Dip Traum. I have 15 years emotional trauma intervention experience, 4 years lecturing experience and 5 years psycho-educational experience.

 

I love everything about motorcycles, Harley in particular. My favourite quote would thus have to be: “If they stand behind you protect them, if they stand beside you, respect them, if they stand against you, defeat them.”

My hobbies include riding bike and “club stuff”.
If I was an animal, I would definitely be a wolf.

Yolanda Rootman

Clinical Coordinator

My dream job would be to travel the world, however my current job is that of clinical coordinator at Vista Clinic. This role requires me to be a bit of a “Jack of all trades” to be able to effectively marry the clinical world with its administrative tasks. I hold a master’s degree in social work healthcare and have a passion for creating structures and content in the mental health industry. Other responsibilities include assisting Vista Academy with the running of their CPD seminars, and presenting psycho-educational groups and community groups.

    

My favourite quote is by Albert Einstein: “Do not judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, or it will spend its entire life believing that it is stupid.” 

I am an avid animal lover, so I find it hard to identify with just one animal, but if I have to choose it will be a dog. 

Pearlene Cochlan

Group Facilitator

I am doing what I love best – sharing knowledge and helping people get better. I am part of the team of Group Facilitators who present Psycho-Educational groups at Vista Clinic. All the years experience in the field has prepared me for this one, and I enjoy every moment. I hold a Master’s Degree in Psychology and find my passion in doing research, assessments, writing articles and programs and presentations. I also assist with the activities of the Vista CPD program.

    

One of my favourite quotes is by Marilyn Monroe: “The sky is not the limit, the mind is”.

I come from a musical family and thus enjoy singing in a choir and enjoy theatre performances. If I had to be an animal it would be a dolphin.

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