SLPs are only presented in June and July of each year. A minimum of 20 students need to register for an SLP to be presented. Contact the presenter of the SLP or the HOD at for more details.

Name of Presenter C Gaitskill
SLP Title Dealing with adult victims that were sexually molested as children
Description of SLP Workshop to deal with childhood molestation threw therapeutic intervention using the Transactional Analytical model as a tool.
Purpose of SLP To equip participants with the necessary information and tools so that they will be able to help victims to deal with childhood molestation.
Outcomes After attending the program and participating in the various experiential learning activities, the participants will have done concept analyses within the field.
Participants will have an overview of the TA model.
They will be able to identify and discuss different kinds of molestation and identify and discuss different types of molesters.
The participants will be able to identify the acting out behaviour of the victim.
They will have a therapeutic intervention model knowledge,
The theory will be applied to real life scenarios.
Assessment Format Summative
Audience Social workers, psychologists and any other relevant professionals.
Admission Requirements Qualified Social Workers, Psychologists and other relevant professions.
NQF level 5
Credits 1
Duration 16 hours
Mode of Delivery Theory, case studies and experiential learning
Cost R1800
Name of Presenter Dr Annette Weyers
SLP Title FOSS 1500S: Fostering Spiritual Strengths
Description of SLP The theoretical foundation of spirituality, spiritual strengths, the strengths perspective and the spiritually sensitive social work is covered. Themes such as: the conceptualisation of spirituality in social work; definitions of spirituality; the classification of spiritual strengths; empirical evidence validating spirituality as source of strength; strengths perspective as theoretical framework; and ethical guidelines for spiritually sensitive practice, is included in the theoretical content.
Training in the application of spiritually sensitive social work and the use of various skills and tools to assist the identification and mobilisation of spiritual strengths form part of the practical component.
Purpose of SLP To provide a theoretical grounding of spirituality, spiritual strengths, the strengths perspective and spiritually sensitive social work as well as training in spiritually sensitive social work practice and the application of skills and tools to identify spiritual strengths.
  • To examine the discourse on spirituality in social work with reference to the rationale for the inclusion of spirituality in a social work program;
  • To discuss the conceptualisation of spirituality in social work;
  • To elucidate the eligibility of the strengths perspective to direct the identification and mobilisation of spiritual strengths;
  • To present evidence based research that pinpoints the elements of spirituality associated with strength and resilience;
  • To give a classification of spiritual strengths to serve as benchmark for the identification of spiritual strengths;
  • To issue guidelines for ethical practice as part of the training for spiritually sensitive practice; and
  • To equip participants to use various tools and skills for the identification and development of clients’ spiritual strengths.
  • Deliberate on spirituality as a re-emerging trend in social work to promote an understanding of the relevance of spirituality in a holistic approach to wellbeing.
  • Discuss definitions of spirituality to promote an appreciation of the delineation of spirituality and of spiritual strengths.
  • Deliberate on the strengths perspective to address the concerns of integrating spirituality in manner consistent with social work’s mandate.
  • Discuss the nature and classification of spiritual strengths to illuminate why and how they can be applied to address life challenges.
  • Examine the ethics and principles of spiritually sensitive practice in order to equip participants to be skilled and knowledgeable in the practice of spiritually sensitive practice.
  • Reflect on own belief systems and comfort level with spirituality to gain an awareness of possible biases and prejudices.
  • Critically reflect on and demonstrate the application of a spiritually sensitive approach in social work.
  • Identify own unique sets of internal and external spiritual strengths, in order to gain practical knowledge on how to collaborate with clients to identify spiritual strengths.
  • Learn through the application of various tools and skills how to identify, mobilise and expand spiritual strengths in different client systems.
Assessment Format
  1. By means of a case study, the practical application of a spiritually sensitive approach is assessed. This is done during the workshop.
  2. Two weeks after the workshop participants submit a ten page spiritual autobiography.
Audience Social service professionals/practitioners registered at the SACSSP
Admission Requirements
  • Social service practitioners working within different contexts with individuals, groups and communities.
  • Readiness of participants to reflect on their own belief systems, possible biases and opinions about spirituality, and their comfort level with an inclusive approach to spirituality.
Number of students A minimum of 15 learners
NQF level 5
Credits 1
Duration 2 days
Mode of Delivery Face-to-face and residential cohort
Cost R1500
Name of Presenter Prof Sandra B Ferreira
SLP Title LOTR 1500S: Loss and trauma
Description of SLP Loss and trauma practice theories and intervention models for utilisation by social service professionals/practitioners in addressing bio-psychosocial and spiritual functioning of individuals, families, groups and communities, after being exposed to loss and trauma situations.
Purpose of SLP To equip participants with knowledge, skills and a compassionate outlook in accessing and intervening in the life world of the bereaved and traumatised individual, family, group and community
  • Do concept analyses within the field of thanatology and traumatology, in order to state, elaborate and exemplify what these concepts mean.
  • Outline selected basic theoretical frameworks and practice models in the field of grief, bereavement and loss, in order to explore, describe and explain the adaptation process.
  • Distinguish and describe age appropriate behaviour during the life cycle stage.
  • Assess grieving and traumatised individuals and families
  • Discern ethical and professional issues during crisis intervention as mode of treatment
  • Validate cultural and gender sensitive aspects in crisis intervention
  • Discuss, apply and recommend best-fit practice intervention models for bereaved and traumatized individuals, families, groups and communities.
  • Apply theory to real life scenarios
Assessment Format An assignment: application of theory to a case study. Learners must develop an intervention programme for either a grieving or traumatised individual, family, group or community. The case study is based on typical South African scenarios encountered by social service professionals/practitioners or professionals registered at a professional council.
Audience Social service professionals/practitioners registered at the SACSSP and professionals registered at a professional council
Admission Requirements
  • Practitioners working in the field of loss and trauma or is about to start working in the field or want to enhance their knowledge and skills in the named field.
  • Willingness to address own issues regarding loss and trauma takes place by means of critical reflectivity – the person of the practitioner.
Number of students A minimum of 15 learners
NQF level 5
Credits 1
Duration 2 days
Mode of Delivery Face-to-face and residential cohort
Cost R1500


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