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 have been in practice as a social worker since 1983 and have worked in the mental health field (including addiction) for many of these.
My approach to treating addiction is holistic and I believe that involving the family or other significant people is essential. My work is based on Carnes’ task-centered model of treatment which offers a flexible and comprehensive assessment and treatment strategy.
My Master degree in social work focused on clinical approaches, specifically family therapy and this is an approach that I believe is very useful in working with addiction.
I completed a PhD in social work (2014) and the research examined the issue of multiple addictions and addiction interaction disorder which seem to be neglected areas in addiction practice.