Prof Sandra Ferreira
Adjunct Professor
Social Work
9C 7
Social Work
IB 34
051 4012760
Flippie Groenewoud Building: Block C 3

Short CV


 Head of the Department

Coordinator: Postgraduate programme: MSW and PhD (SW)

Tertiary training
B.Soc.Sc (SW) – Free State University, 1978
Hons.B.Soc.Sc (SW) – Free State University, 1980
M.Soc.Sc. (SW) – Free State University, 1982
Ph.D. (Social Work) – Free State University, 1995

Work experience
Private sector: 3 years, personnel work (human resources) – Free State Provincial Administration.
Private sector: Trauma counsellor at Medi-Clinic, Bloemfontein
Private sector: Clinical social worker - part time since 1979.
Tertiary education: 40 years in different capacities, which include experience in undergraduate and postgraduate work.  At present adjunct professor and Academic Head of the Department of Social Work

Publications (Short List)


  1. Young Steinbrenner, S., Shawler, C., Ferreira, S. and Draucker, C. 2017. The Lived Experience of Help-seeking by South African Women after Sexual Assault. Health Care for Women International, DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2017.1290097
  2. Ferreira, S.B. and Ferreira, R.J. 2015. Teaching social work values by means of Socratic Questioning. (Submitted to Maatskaplike Werk/Social Work.) Accepted
  3. Ferreira, R.J., Buttell, F. and Ferreira, S.B. 2015. Ethical considerations for conducting disaster research with vulnerable populations. Journal of Social WorkValues and Ethics, 12(1): 29-40.
  4. Böning, A.E. and Ferreira, S.B. 2013. An analysis of and different approach to challenges in foster care practice in South Africa. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 49(4): 519-543.
  5. Ferreira, S.B. 2011.Die wete oor God. (The knowing about God) In Van Wyk, D., Nolte, C. en Atterbury, L. (reds) Hier staan ek… maar ek kan nie sê wie ek is nie. (Here I am….but I cannot say who I am) Kaapstad: Griffel Media.
  6. Ferreira, S.B. 2010. Eco-spiritual social work as a precondition for social work. Ethics and Social Welfare, 4 (1): 3-23

Area(s) of Interest

  • Research:  Qualitative Research: Interpretive Strand (phenomenology, socio-constructivism, ethnography and narrative); Critical Strand (Participatory Action Research (PAR ), feminist theory), etc.
  • Practice models: Family of origin work; Crisis intervention; Debriefing; Solution-focused; Rational emotive; Psycho-dynamic, etc.
  • Theoretical Approaches: Post-modernistic/constructivism/Phenomenology/Narrative/Grounded theory/ Eco-feminist /Eco-spirituality; Spirituality; Eco-systemic; Strengths/Resiliency; Cognitive theories/anti-oppressive social work
  • Areas: Loss (e.g. death and dying); Trauma (e.g. motor-car accidents; farm attacks; suicide; homicide); Disaster Mental Health; Social Work Disaster Management Practice

Courses Presented

  • Social work research
  • Social work theories
  • Clinical social work
  • Loss and Trauma


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