Sexologists battle over who is the real deal

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Posted 11 May 2015

Although CamCheck focuses mainly on complementary medicines (CAMs), we occasionally put the spotlight on other scams or areas of concern we have, including so-called conventional or Western medicines. Sometimes we are alerted to other ways in which people may be misled therapeutically. One of these comes from the field of sexology.

This article, Sexologists battle over who is the real deal, written by Nombulelo Damba, published on 8 May 2015 in GroundUp, is one of those areas we just cannot but shine the spotlight on. GroundUp has given us permission to republish. Additional comments and notes are CamCheck’s responsibility. The article uses Hieronymus Bosch’s painting, “Cutting the Stone” from the 1490s, which as GroundUp states, “is a timeless reminder of the folly of quackery”.

Sexologists battle over who is the real deal 

GroundUp 8 May 2015 – Nombulelo Damba

Two sexology institutes in Gauteng are in conflict with one another over who is offering a legitimate services versus who is operating illegally. And experts in the field say they are both in the wrong. Sexology is the “study of human sexuality, including human sexual interests, behaviors and function”.

The Academy for Sexology in Pretoria has been running for more than ten years offering courses on sexology. However it is not registered with any council or the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Marina Simpoulos-Basson and Lieb J. Van Rooyen laid charges against the institute in 2013. They have set up a competitive institute, Aidez Nous Collège de Sexologiae, which describes itself as a “unique practice focusing primarily on sexual health and well being.” However Simpoulos-Basson and Van Rooyen received their training from the Academy of Sexology run by “Professor” Johann Lemmer.

 

Lieb van Rooyen

 

Marina Simpoulos-Basson

Marina Simpoulos-Basson

Johan Lemmer  Johan Lemmer

Last year New Age newspaper published an article in which the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) warned students against bogus colleges in Gauteng. The newspaper listed the Academy for Sexology as one such college.

Simpoulos-Basson confirmed that she and Van Rooyen opened a criminal charge against the Academy for Sexology but said they are not trading, only giving talks about sexology, which she says they are allowed to. “I will sue the person who said we are trading. Yes we opened a criminal case against Lemmer and the matter is in court. We realised that he was a fraud,” she said.

Our comment: “Professor” Johann Lemmer appears, from his CV, to have a doctorate in Theology obtained from UNISA. The title “Professor” appears to have been awarded to him by the South Asia Institute for Human Sexuality (SAIHS) in 2008. He is still listed on the SAIHS’s website as such. We assume this is in fact a “visiting professorship”, as he is clearly not based in Pakistan. It also appears from the SAIHS’s website that its “Director and Professor”, DR. R. Y. Jalali, is in turn, “Professor of Sexology, Academy for Sexology, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA”. Does Dr Jalali know that the Academy for Sexology is not  an officially recognised academic institution in South Africa? But then the SAIH describes itself as “a non-profit, non-governmental and non-political organization.” It does not claim to be a recognised university or educational institution of the kind that has a professoriate. It seems that we have here a mutual conferring of “professorships” between NGOs.

This “academy” established by Lemmer in about 2002, and of which he is President, has continued to refer to him as “Professor” even though this is not usual academic practice. Although the owners of “Aidez Nous” state that  they are only “giving talks” about sexology and not trading, their website states that they are a unique “practice” with “clients” – and provide “LGBT therapy“, “Marriage Counselling” where “we work with both individuals”, “Separation Mediation Therapy“, and help individuals . . . “by training mind, body, and soul”. (emphases added) There is no mention on the website of what their practice charges their clients for the therapy, counselling, work with, or training. We assume it is not “pro bono”. It is also to be noted that the Aidez Nous website is explicit that a “sex therapist or clinical sexologist is a master’s level therapist who offers sex counselling in a clinical setting. . .” However neither Lieb van Rooyen nor Marina Simpoulos-Basson are “master’s level therapists”. Van Rooyen has a Masters degree in Industrial Sociology; and Simpoulos-Basson has a BA in Psychology & Criminology from UNISA. Although she is “reading towards MA Sexologiae” she does not state with what institution. Could it perhaps be the “Academy for Sexology”?

She [Simpoulos-Basson] asked GroundUp to send questions via email, however she has not responded to them. Van Rooyen told GroundUp the matter is before the court pending finalization of the case by the DHET. He said a detailed press release will be made available upon finalization of the case.

The Council for Higher Education (CHE) is a statutory body. It is responsible for advising DHET and ensuring the quality of higher education qualifications. Dr Shaheeda Essack, Deputy Director of Private Higher Education in CHE, confirmed that the Academy for Sexology is not registered. She also confirmed that only DHET can approve a business to provide higher education.

This raises the question of the validity of the qualifications already awarded by the Academy for Sexology, even if it does become registered. Essack told GroundUp that degrees cannot be awarded retrospectively. This implies that past graduates of the institute might not be able to validate their qualifications.

The Southern African Sexual Health Association (SASHA) is a non-profit organisation established in 1999 with the “sole purpose of providing an Association that provides the beginnings of a statutory body for the protection of the public and health-care professionals that provide sexology and related forms of treatment and therapy.”

Dr Elmari Mulder Craig, President and Director of SASHA, said that her organisation is aware of the allegations. “We are very concerned about these so called training institutions. Lieb Van Rooyen has a Masters in Sociology and Marina Simopoulos-Basson a BA in Psychology and Criminology from UNISA as far as we know,” said Craig.

She said, “This implies that Simpoulos-Basson does not have an honours degree. Neither of these institutions [the Academy of Sexology and Aidez Nous Collège de Sexologiae] are registered with any professional council.”

Craig alleged that Simpoulos-Basson and Van Rooyen are breaking the law by presenting themselves as therapists or doing any therapeutic work with patients.

“Both of them ‘studied’ with Johan Lemmer from The Academy of Sexology, [which is] not a registered institution. They then realised that he and his academy are not what they expected and started their own thing. Currently, the Academy is trading illegally as it is not registered with the DHET nor any other statutory body as required by the Higher Education Act [and] the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions,” she added.

She told Groundup that Aidez Nous Collège de Sexologiae has been in consultation with the Health Professions Council of South Africa to register sexology as a field under Medical Services but according to their knowledge it was not awarded. “The Academy of Sexology is not recognised by SASHA or the medical fraternity in South Africa as a credible institution. Johan Lemmer does not have any credibility in the field and his sexology training is being questioned,” said Craig.

“The DHET has made it clear that these degrees and subsequent designations will not be recognised.” Craig said this means that the Academy for Sexology is therefore awarding qualifications fraudulently and this could lead to prosecutions.

Responding to the allegations Lemmer said the Academy for Sexology has never pretended to be registered as a South African university or that it is registered with the Department of Higher Education. He said however that he is doing his best to register. “Personally, I regard the allegations in a very serious light. It is malicious, untrue, unconstitutional and it does a lot of harm to sexual and relationship health and well-being in South Africa,” said Lemmer.

Lemmer said that he’s aware of the charges against him but cannot talk about the matter while it is before the court. He said that the accusation that he is “trading illegally” needs to be defined to enable him to respond to the allegation. “Academy for Sexology has achieved a lot to enhance sexual health and well-being nationally and internationally to all people during the past 13 years. It has a track record for more than ten years of best practices and being fully transparent. Our students are at all times fully informed – both officially and unofficially,” said Lemmer.

He said, “Students have the constitutional right to make their own decisions regarding their education and their career development and where to study whatever they want. This includes the scientific study of sexuality in which educational opportunities are rare.” He said that his institute’s fees are as “low as 15% of market related studies.”

He said, “The Academy for Sexology never awarded or pretends to award any degrees.”

Our comment:  Johan Lemmer is reported to have said: “The Academy for Sexology never awarded or pretends to award any degrees.”  NOT TRUE! See: http://www.sexology.co.za/academy/degrees.html The “graduation” photograph below comes from Johann Lemmer’s personal website: https://profjohann.wordpress.com/full-cv/See also Lemmer’s comment about the Academy’s “graduated students” in 2011 email from him, below.
AcademySexologyDegree
AcademySexologyDegree

He said that the Academy for Sexology continuously informs students of the current status of the process of getting accredited. “We have tried our level best since 2003 to get sexology accredited with South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) as well as with the DHET and have got proof in this regard.”

GroundUp asked a doctor why it is is important to have a registration system for sexology training institutes. The doctor said he was of the view that the HPCSA, which is responsible for overseeing the medical professions, would be the most appropriate body for sexologists to be registered with, and training should be SAQA accredited in an institution accredited by the DHET. He said, “If anyone can offer a course in sexology without proper oversight of the quality of training, patients can be put at risk if graduates of the course have not been taught properly. What if for example, a pituitary tumour or diabetes is causing the sexual issues? A sexologist cannot deal with that, but could do harm by trying to counsel the person and causing a delay in appropriate treatment.”

Our comment: What would these sexologists know about the pharmacology of, for example, the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (e.g. Viagra)? It is worth noting that in about 1977 the University of Cape Town’s Medical Students’ Conference was on Human Sexuality, with Professor Domeena Renshaw as keynote speaker. She presented both medical (organic) sexual problems as well as psychological sexual problems in the whole-person; and did not make artificial divisions.

End of GroundUp article

Further commentary: In December 2011 we wrote to “Professor” Johan Lemmer. Below is our correspondence :

To: [email protected]

Subject: Academy for Sexology

Hi, According to your website, you offer the following degrees:

1. Bachelor of Sexology (9 modules)

2. Master of Sexology (9 modules) – via BS

3. Master of Sexology (12 modules) –

4. Doctor of Sexology

I am most interested in these courses and it would be wonderful to be able to obtain a degree. In order to be recognised as bona fide degrees, I assume that your courses and academy have been registered with the appropriate South African accreditation centre? Could you please confirm this and supply the details please?

His reponse

To: XXXX

Subject: Re: Academy for Sexology

Please see attached Prospectus 2012

Our reply to Lemmer

To: ‘Academy for Sexology’

Subject: RE: Academy for Sexology

Thank you for your prospectus.

I see that you have a “mandate” but you do not have a formal accreditation with any South African regulatory and accreditation bodies, which suggests that your degrees are not actually recognised in other parts of the world, e.g., UK, Europe and the USA. Is my understanding correct or can you guarantee that I will be able to utilise the degrees elsewhere?

His response

To: XXXX

Subject: Re: Academy for Sexology

1) The scientific studies of sexuality is a new (sic) discipline all over the world and cannot be compared with established disciplines.

2) We are well recognized by academic and professional colleagues all over the world due to our proven record, our high academic standards and our successful professional training of students over the past nine years.

3) Each of the many countries all over the world has their own policy regarding “accreditation” and professionalism.

4) Our graduated (sic) students are already playing a significant role in the professional world and are widely recognized for their contribution in sexology.

5) We are not recruiting students – they consider it a privilege to study sexology in order to enhance their knowledge and skills and on public demand.

6) Due to new international RPL policies as well as the high academic standard of our programmes none of our professional courses are in vain.

7) We strongly recommend any student who are in any doubt whatsoever not to study with us if they do not feel comfortable with the reality of the status of sexology as explained in our Prospectus 2012 and as explained in correspondence like this. We are not profit orientated but professional service delivery orientated for the sake of academic training, sexual health and well-being.

8) No we cannot guarantee the kind of traditional well-established sciences’ “accreditation” that you are looking or.

9) You are completely wrong in assuming that “that your degrees are not actually recognized in other parts of the world”

10) We appreciate your enquiry and we have answered it honestly and with integrity.

11) We do not know your agenda but we rely on your integrity and bona fides not to undermine the pure cause of the scientific studies of sexuality.

12) You are most welcome to study sexology in order to understand something about this discipline and to be informed regarding the high academic standards of our curriculum.

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21 Responses to Sexologists battle over who is the real deal

  1. Dr Elmari Mulder Craig 11 May, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    Sexology and sexual matters are often in the news. We hear about recent developments in our understanding of sexuality and improved methods and techniques to address sexual difficulties. Unfortunately from time to time we also hear about problems with services and allegations of misconduct against ‘sexologists’.

    SASHA, once again, wishes to bring the following to the attention of the public.

    The Southern African Sexual Health Association is a voluntary, multidisciplinary, participation association of health care practitioners, practicing in sexual medicine/health, within the parameters of their respective professions. Membership is restricted to Practitioners registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), The South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) or The South African Nursing Council, which are statutory regulatory and disciplinary bodies, tasked with the maintenance of academic standards within the profession and the protection of the public.
    The Southern African Sexual Health association exists to assist in the ongoing professional development of its members and to inform the public on sexual matters.
    For the benefit of the public, SASHA wishes to highlight the following:

    1. There is no accredited specialization in South Africa in Sexual Medicine or Sexology.

    2. There is no SAQA accredited training in Sexual Medicine or Sexual Health. Prospective students of sexology please read the press release from the HPCSA here:
    http://www.hpcsa.co.za/downloads/press_releases/2014/media_rel_stu_unac_

    3. Members of SASHA who practice in the field of Sexology, do so within the ambit of their registered professional qualifications, and many have received post graduate training in Sexology from overseas institutions.

    4. Members of the public, when seeking assistance for sexual conditions/dysfunctions or problems are STRONGLY advised to check the credentials of the person they seek to consult, by checking on their membership with SASHA and with the Health Professions Council of South Africa or SACSSP.

    To work in the field of sexology which is a very specialized field one needs to work within a multi-professional team, initially under supervision and be able to attend international seminars and conferences.

    Accredited Sexologists in South Africa have accredited overseas qualifications and work from a bio-psychosocial approach as is practice internationally. Meaning a holistic approach incorporating relationship dynamics, psychology and medical/physiological aspects.

    SASHA has a good relationship with ISSM (The International Society for Sexual Medicine) as well as The European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) and The European Federation of Sexology (EFS) who currently presents one of the best Sexology qualifications recognised by the professional sexology fraternity internationally. We have permission from their side to present their accredited course in SA presented by well-known professionals in the field and then for members to write the International exam. This course will only be open to accredited SASHA members with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Medicine or Nursing and for them then to write the European exam: an internationally recognized and accredited course. This is still in process and awaiting accreditation with SAQA.

  2. Dr Elmari Mulder Craig 11 May, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Dr Elmari Mulder Craig (EFS/ESSM Certified Sexologist: President SASHA)

    Sexology and sexual matters are often in the news. We hear about recent developments in our understanding of sexuality and improved methods and techniques to address sexual difficulties. Unfortunately we also hear about problems with services and allegations of misconduct against ‘sexologists’.

    SASHA, once again, wishes to bring the following to the attention of the public.

    The Southern African Sexual Health Association is a voluntary, multidisciplinary, participation association of health care practitioners, practicing in sexual medicine/health, within the parameters of their respective professions.

    Membership is restricted to Practitioners registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), The South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) or The South African Nursing Council, which are statutory regulatory and disciplinary bodies, tasked with the maintenance of academic standards within the profession and the protection of the public.

    SASHA has a professional relationship and recognition from Pharmaceutical Companies in SA and is a member of the World Association of Sexual Health (WAS) and of the African Society for Sexual Medicine (ASSM). SASHA also liaise with ISSM (The International Society for Sexual Medicine) as well as The European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) and The European Federation of Sexology (EFS) who currently presents one of the best Sexology qualifications recognised by the professional sexology fraternity internationally.

    The Southern African Sexual Health association exists to assist in the ongoing professional development of its members and to inform the public on sexual matters.

    For the benefit of the public, SASHA wishes to highlight the following:

    1. There is no accredited specialization in South Africa in Sexual Medicine or Sexology.

    2. There is no SAQA accredited training in Sexual Medicine or Sexual Health. Prospective students of sexology please read the press release from the HPCSA here:
    http://www.hpcsa.co.za/downloads/press_releases/2014/media_rel_stu_unac_

    3. Members of SASHA who practice in the field of Sexology, do so within the ambit of their registered professional qualifications, and many have received post graduate training in Sexology from overseas institutions.

    4. Members of the public, when seeking assistance for sexual conditions/dysfunctions or problems are STRONGLY advised to check the credentials of the person they seek to consult, by checking on their membership with SASHA and with the Health Professions Council of South Africa or SACSSP.

    To work in the field of sexology which is a very specialized field one needs to work within a multi-professional team, initially under supervision and be able to attend international seminars and conferences.

    Accredited Sexologists in South Africa have accredited overseas qualifications and work from a bio-psychosocial approach as is practice internationally. Meaning a holistic approach incorporating relationship dynamics, psychology and medical/physiological aspects.

    SASHA does not and will not have any professional working relationship or liaison with either the Academy of Sexology or any of their previous students who market themselves as therapists with degrees in Sexology or similarly with Aidez Nous Collège de Sexologiae.

    For more information visit: http://www.sexualhealth.org.za

  3. MARLENE WASSERMAN 11 May, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

    Sexuality is a controversial subject. It is the source of pleasure, and pain. It intersects with personal and public health, law , religion and culture. Health care providers and professionals working in the field of sexology, sexual medicine and sexual health require extraordinary training . This training is grounded in robust scientific research.
    Hence the need for an added level of gravity and professionalism when ensuring the public their constitutional right to sexual health and well being.
    Training in this field is limited internationally and in South Africa,as yet unavailable. There are stringent international criteria set for people to train in this field. The ability to do harm is tremendous.
    The existence of these two named institutions is in deep violation of ethical professional standards. I have both publicly, privately and internationally berated and exposed these people for their fraudulent behaviour towards the unsuspecting public. I support any initiative to alert the public to this fraud and to support their elimination .

  4. Lieb van Rooye 13 May, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    Both the learned Dr’s appear to be fumbling in the dark and base their subjective remarks on unverified assumptions, one of the fundamental scientific taboos. Aidez Nous IS absolutely NOT performing any therapy and find the remark by especially Dr Wasserman surprising as we act explicitly on her personal advice. It is clear that the whole exercise is mala fide and participants will face the legal consequences accordingly.

  5. Dr Elmari Mulder Craig 13 May, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    I was contacted by GroundUp News with specific questions related to Sexology training in SA. I have only stated the The Southern African Sexual Health Association’s view on this matter. It is in no way with bad intent or to deceive. All the statements can be verified. In my initial statement to GroundUP I said that IF Aidez Nouz renders therapeutic services it will be against the law.

    This is a direct quite from the Aidez Nous website, if this does not imply therapy I do not know what does.

    Professional and Ethical Consulting

    ‘Aidez Nous Consultants – a unique Practice focusing primarily on Sexual Health and well being. Our clients are ensured of a dedicated, scientific based service with the aim of guaranteed personalized interventions and exciting personal growth.

    Couple Enhancement – therapy will focus on the specific presenting problems you and your significant other bring to the table. Each and every problem is subjective to the couple experiencing it. Therefore, if you feel unhappy and things are increasingly becoming difficult to resolve in your relationship, it is reason enough to seek out therapy.

    LGBT Therapy – Feeling like you are accepted and appreciated for all that is unique about you is important to every human being. Aidez Nous Consultants strive to ensure that you are provided with a therapeutic environment that is not only accepting, but also nurturing in your need to grow and progress through and past any current life struggles.

    Marriage Counselling – At Aidez Nous Consultants we don’t just simply mediate arguments, we work with both individuals to develop a plan that becomes yours together while focusing on your individual “love language” and needs. You will discover ways of enjoying your relationship, that, quite honestly you may not have thought possible any longer.

    Separation Mediation Therapy – will put a focus on factors such as eliminating negative attacks, fighting dirty, counterproductive arguments, hurting others involved in the process (mutual friends, children, other family members), finding happiness again, loving yourself, finding support, and co-parenting.

    Priorities – Our number one priority and goal is to help each and every individual seek out ways to be happy NOW. To feel fulfilled and satisfied with the life you are living NOW because there is no reason not to be. We are slowly but surely becoming more enlightened as a society. There is no reason to suffer and to live this journey called life in any other way but through satisfaction, gratitude and love.

    Aidez Nous Consultants help each individual attain the skills best suited to them in order to go through their journey in the most productive way possible by training mind, body, and soul. The essence of any person’s well being is a healthy frame of mind and body image, inclusive of a healthy sexual image and perception of the self.’

  6. Harris 13 May, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

    Lieb writes: “Aidez Nous IS absolutely NOT performing any therapy”
    On the Aidez Nous website, the following is stated: “Aidez Nous Consultants – a unique Practice focusing primarily on Sexual Health and well being. Our clients are ensured of a dedicated, scientific based service with the aim of guaranteed personalized interventions and exciting personal growth.” What is the difference between ‘therapy’ and ‘personalized interventions’?

    On the website, it states “Aidez Nous Consultants strive to ensure that you are provided with a therapeutic environment”. Does this not imply therapy? (http://www.aideznous.co.za/about-us/)

  7. Roy 16 May, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    It turns out that Lieb van Rooyen is not only a bogus sexologist, with a bogus qualification from a bogus “academy” – he is also a policeman. https://za.linkedin.com/pub/lieb-van-rooyen/96/136/144

    I, for one, would definitely not want an apartheid-era policeman to counsel me on any sexology-related issue!

  8. Lieb van Rooyen 17 May, 2015 at 4:26 am #

    Use the “Google” tool to learn something about the term “Therapy”, for IF the learned Dr is correct, certain of her exco members are in hot water!!
    The beauty of the story is: If I’m right, she will remain in the hot water… The matter is therefore sub judicae.

    • Harris 17 May, 2015 at 8:47 am #

      @Lieb
      For this to be sub judicae, a charge has to have been laid. Please supply the case number.
      It also seems to me, that whether her exco members are in hot water or not, does NOT deflect from your actions which appear to be unethical. You claim to offer no therapy yet any idiot can read on your website that you do. You are simply not believable.

  9. Lieb van Rooyen 18 May, 2015 at 4:27 am #

    Harris, I tried to protect you from yourself in the determined quest to publically proof your ignorance.
    The term “Therapy” and the offering thereof is judicially, scientifically and academically proven to be absolutely NOT a crown exclusively reserved for the discipline of Psychology, both local and international.
    Before you jump to conclusions regarding what is ethical, professional and believable or not, kindly make an effort to STUDY the REGULATIONS DEFINING THE SCOPE OF THE PROFESSION OF PSYCHOLOGY as published vide GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, No.31433 dated 16 SEPTEMBER 2008, as well as the numerous local and international regulatory policies.

    I always encourage and welcome debate, however insulting remarks are uncalled for and usually indicative of anything inferior. A wise man once remarked: “Every idiot is entitled to an opinion.” In the light of this, I guess you are too since you chose to verbalize it before bothering to VERIFY facts, distinguish between allegations and truth regarding a matter and topic you obviously have very little insight about.

    The case number is applicable to certain specific individuals and you are “persona non grata” in that regard. 🙂

    • Harris 18 May, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

      @Lieb
      Here are the facts: You do not have an accredited qualification in sex therapy. You received your ‘qualification’ from a non-accredited institution, Academy of Sexology. There is no evidence that you have received any training in sexology from an accredited centre. There is no evidence on your CV that you have a degree in psychology.

      Furthermore, you recommend that I read the Scope of the Profession of Psychology but you do not hold a degree in Psychology but in Sociology. The “Regulations defining the Scope of the Profession of Psychology” is published here. It states precisely that “‘psychology’ means the profession of a person registered under the Act as a psychologist, psychometrist, registered counsellor, psycho technician or in any other category of registration as may be established by the board” and then defines the scope of therapy allowed by such a registered person. You are not registered as a psychologist. I have searched the HPCSA register and cannot find your registration. Is it possible you registered under a different name than ‘Lieb’?

      You initially claimed to not offer therapy, but when pointed out that you do on your website, you now argue that The term “therapy” is not exclusively reserved for the discipline of psychology.

      You will note that I have not insulted you but simply stated the facts as I understand them from the information you offer.

  10. Lieb van Rooyen 19 May, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

    Harris,
    You clearly don’t know what “Behaviour Science” consist of :), Shame!!
    Further,I assure you, ALL my qualifications (including those in process) are obtained from recognized, statutory universities and institutions, both local and international.
    I absolutely did NOT obtain ANY qualification from the “Academy for Sexology”.
    You are 100% correct, I’m NOT a registered Psychologist and NEVER created such impression. We are NOT providing any PSYCHOtherapy and equally NEVER implied same. You will further note that the Regulations defining the Scope of the Profession of Psychology does NOT define the term “therapy” however specify concepts like PSYCHOTHERAPY, psychological questionnaires, psychological tests, psychological methods, psychological apparatus, etc.
    The term “therapy” is absolutely NOT exclusively reserved for the discipline of psychology and challenge anybody to proof the contrary.

    Kind regards and keep up the reading :):)

    • Harris 19 May, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

      @Lieb
      Hoisted on your own petard?

      In essence you are admitting that you are offering therapy in sexology. But that you are not accredited to do this, nor have the qualifications.

      I did not say that you had NO qualifications, but none pertaining to you offering therapy in the field of sexology. You can try to deceive readers by your squirming around the issue but the fact is simply this: you do not have any recognised credentials nor accreditation to offer therapy in this field. Simple. Straightforward.

      I challenge you to explicitly state what degrees or qualifications have accredited you to offer therapy in sexology. I also challenge you to respond to Dr Elmari Mulder Craig’s points 3 and 4 above. Are you legally allowed to practice sexology therapy without registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa?

  11. Lieb van Rooyen 20 May, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    Harris,
    I must give you credit, you surely exhibit excellent skills in jumping to conclusions. I pointed out to you that the status of the matter is sub judicae. However, I will respond:

    A principle in law states that “he who allege must proof”.
    You ASSUME many things regarding my qualifications, you are very wrong. A wise adversary will never expose all the cards, hence sub judicae. Straight and simple.

    Dr Craig’s point 3:
    This is absolutely not in dispute and they many have received post graduate training in Sexology from overseas institutions.

    Dr Craig’s point 4. Yes you are since the HPCSA has absolutely NO exclusive legal jurisdiction regarding Sexology and or sex therapy in SA. The learned Dr herself stated clearly that:
    * There is no accredited specialization in SA in Sexual Medicine or Sexology; and
    * There is no SAQA accredited training in Sexual Medicine or Sexual Health; and
    * Sexology is a multi-disciplinary science and practitioners need to work within a multi-professional team.

    Harris, be patient. The whole debacle will soon unfold completely and all your questions answered. I will therefore NOT engage in any further discussions with you or any other individual in this matter. Legal process documents will be served in the very near future.

    • Harris 20 May, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

      @Lieb
      I assume nothing about your qualifications – I extract them from your own CV.

      The purpose of CamCheck, among other, is to give readers an opportunity to weight up the evidence and make their own mind.
      There is enough here for readers to do exactly that: you have stated your position and this is contrasted with that of Dr Elmari Mulder Craig (of the Southern African Sexual Health Association) and Dr Marlene Wasserman (Dr Eve). The fact that you have skirted some important and vital details that may support your arguments, claiming that the matter is “sub judicae” (whether that be true or not), does not do you any favour.

      We will keep an eye on the developments and keep readers updated to whether your allegations are accepted or rejected in a court of law.

  12. Lieb van Rooyen 21 May, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    Harris, you have ONLY a few lines of my CV which actually consists of more than 4 full A4 pages. 🙂

    • Harris 21 May, 2015 at 10:03 am #

      @Lieb
      I would wonder why you would not list in your CV on your website the most salient points that supports your claim to have accredited training in sexology? Strange – surely you want clients to know up front what your credentials in this area are?

      Nonetheless, I have a great deal of background information on you from other sources, which is not on your website.
      For example, you claim to have registered for a Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) – Sexology (2014-2017) at the University of Sydney. Tuition fee is $40,700.00 per year of full-time study = R383,808.79. Can I verify this?

      You claim to be a member of the Council for Sexual Health Professions Exco, June 2014 – present. I cannot find anything related to the “Council for Sexual Health Professions”. Will you care to elaborate, refer me to their website and inform readers who the other Exco members are? The closest I get to is “the Professional Council of Sexual Health Practitioners” which your nemesis seems to be involved in.

      [Update: the Council for Sexual Health Professions is here. There is no information to give an idea who is behind it, or the Exco. However, the owner of the domain is Johann Lemmer ([email protected])]

      I do know that the department of Sociology at NorthWest University, where you state you received qualifications, doesn’t offer a course in sex therapy.

      All I have asked is PROOF of you having completed an accredited course in sexology from an accredited institute. You have bobbed, dodged and swayed, claimed the matter is sub judicae, but in essence, have supplied no evidence to confirm this. Surely you can appreciate that no matter what you argue, that this is glaringly obvious?

  13. Harris 21 May, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    @Lieb
    From the newsletter, FB: NWU Vaal Student 24/7 (Vol 5 No 1 28 Feb 2015): “One such individual, Mr Lieb van Rooyen, a Psychological Counsellor, Sexologist, as well as an Alumnus of the North-West University; explained that . . . “. [sic]
    Are you entitled to call yourself a “Psychological Counsellor”?

  14. Prof Dr Johann Lemmer 4 June, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    I hereby give you the webmaster and your company 7 days to remove this defamation article (including some small pieces of truth mixed with blatant lies). This will be my only and final comment. Please note that I am acting not only in my personal capacity but also with the mandate of three different legal companies/organisations in the RSA and worldwide with years of official credibility. This is your final warning.

    • Harris 5 June, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

      @”Prof” Dr Johann Lemmer
      Please list the incorrect statements made in this article in order for us to address these.
      I recommend that you also read our position on “Fair comment” and defamation

  15. Johan Kok 25 February, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

    Maybe some people has no understanding of certification requirements etc.
    1. There are international universities operation in SA without recognition of their qualifications. Univ of Southern Queensland is but one such example. Harvard does not have South African recognition either…
    2. Recognition of international degrees is done by SAQA — NOT by Higher Education… Not that SAQA always does it… by claiming that they did not receive any feedback — However, they do not cooperate with the other university, which automatically send a query-ticket to resolve the non-receipt problem either (cannot say if that is because of a blunt not wanting to cooperate, or incapability in doing such, responsibility process matrix problem or whatever the case may be – however, glad to take the money and not getting the job done

    2. There are international recognition bodies for international universities – wherever they are based (SA or anywhere else in the world)
    2.It is also possible to be recognized via international peer recognition — again with no registration in SA…
    3. In order to issue a degree as a South African registered degree – then Higher Education registration is required. ONLY THEN.

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