Social workers work with individuals, as well as families and communities, to develop treatment plans for people with mental health problems. They may work either in private practice or in collaboration with other healthcare professions. They hold Bachelor’s of Arts Degrees and are registered with the South African Council for Service Professions.
I mainly focus on therapy with the child in emotional need and parent-child related issues by means of play therapy from out the Gestalt Theory's framework and principles. Parents are important variables within the therapeutic process of the child. Therefore, parental guidance as strategy to empower parents in the parenting process is equally important because children are emotionally affected by the significant others within the family system. The nature of the child and the child's unique individual process is another important concept to address during intervention. Knowledge of the nature of temperament and personality leads to parents having a better understanding of their child's behavior and consequently fewer frustrations within the parent-child interaction arise. During intervention with a child the parents are guide to understand their child's unique nature, functional and emotional preferences and temperament during the parenting process to prevent them from having inappropriate expectations of their child. My doctoral thesis aimed to utilize a practice-based ecometric model to assess temperament and preference functions that assist in enhancing the parent-child interaction.This model is nowadays part of my day-to-day working method with parents and children. I also train therapists to use this model within their interventions with parents and children.
HPCSA Number: SACSSP 10-06970
Practice Number: 094005