Dr. Junaid Hassim

Clinical Psychologist
BPsych, MA (Clin Psych), PhD

Abu Dhabi

Dr. Junaid Hassim is from South Africa. He completed his PhD at the University of Pretoria in 2012 and holds postgraduate degrees in specialized areas of psychology, including a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pretoria in 2009, and a BPsych degree in Applied Psychology from the University of South Africa in 2007. In addition to his qualifications, he is certified in intervention modalities such as victim empowerment, trauma debriefing, and HIV/AIDS counselling. He is accredited with the Board of Healthcare Funders, is a member of the Golden Key Honour Society, and has achieved academic awards for meritorious results.

Dr. Hassim has accumulated more than 13 years of clinical experience. In addition to practicing in an independent clinical practice, he was a senior consultant at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital. Some of his core clinical competencies included diagnostic evaluation, psychodiagnostic and cognitive assessment, forensic observation, psychotherapy, and adjustment skills training. His range of exposure to mental health conditions includes most major psychiatric illnesses, such as behavioural disorders, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, neurocognitive disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, and schizophrenia. Dr. Hassim supervised student and intern clinical psychologists, and was also involved in the clinical management of patients, clinical staff development, project management, policy development, and served on several institutional and provincial committees. He frequently held training courses, workshops, and unit-operation programs at the hospital.

Dr. Hassim was also a lecturer and researcher at the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pretoria. His formal research has been presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed academic journals, and he has published his adapted conceptual research for specialist academic audiences in international manuscripts.

For his academic tenure, he conducted formal research for the university, and was co-founder of the department’s Culture and Mental Health Research Stream. In addition, Dr. Hassim headed successful community outreach projects at the University and the hospital, training approximately 1,500 laypersons through these platforms. He was also a guest-lecturer for postgraduate psychology students at MEDUNSA and the Midrand Graduate Institute.
His private practice portfolio includes a wide range of clinical proficiencies, including psychotherapeutic, diagnostic, and evaluative services to formulate, predict, and alleviate maladjustment, disability, and psychological distress, in addition to providing evidence-based intervention approaches that promote human adaptation, adjustment, and personal development.

Although his core duties were focused primarily on work in the private, public, and institutional sectors, Dr. Hassim retained a special interest in the holistic development of mental health sciences. As such, he is editor of the benchmarking psychology textbook Psychology: Themes and Variations, S.A. ed.; he was chairperson of the Gauteng Mental Health Directorate’s Child and Adolescent Admission Policy Guidelines; and he coordinated the Adolescent and Child Destigmatisation Campaign at Weskoppies Hospital.

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