Title: Climate change is global. Climate adaptation is local
Description: The role of social work in addressing climate adaptation and mitigation is deliberated.

Prof Roelf Reyneke (Programme Director)

Title: Evaluation of the Thari-project of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation
Description: The aim of the Thari programme is to create healthy psychosocial environments for learning by developing prevention and intervention strategies that promote academic and life success for learners.

Aisha Abrahams (Junior Lecturer)

Title: A comparison of the protective factors for children against domestic violence in the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 (as amended) and the Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998 (as amended) of South Africa
Description: The incidence of child abuse, neglect and exploitation (CANE), as well as gender-based violence (GBV), intimate partner violence [IPV] and femicide remains prevalent in South Africa. Children who are exposed to domestic violence, GBV, IPV and femicide are more likely to develop psychosocial and emotional challenges later in life and are also more likely to present with violent behaviour, thus perpetuating the cycle of violence against women and children (VAWC). This study seeks to explore the protective factors contained in both Acts and to highlight them. Policy change will be recommended in areas where areas of need are identified. Recommendations will also be made where it is deemed necessary for the implementers of legislation where it is found that sufficient protective factors exist, but inadequate steps are taken to protect children.

Merlene Esau (Lecturer)

Title: Community-based intervention programme for child-headed households
Description: Participatory Action Research (PAR) as research design and the Capability Approach as theoretical framework are applied to develop a programme to enhance the quality of life child-headed households.

Title: An ecosystemic perspective on the changing role of white Afrikaans speaking South African men in a post-apartheid era and the consequences thereof for marriage therapy.
Description: This study aims to determine the ecosystemic influence of the changing gender role of Afrikaans white men in a post-apartheid era on his marital relationship and to provide therapeutic and prevention guidelines to address these challenges. Using explorative, descriptive and explanatory qualitative research, the changing gender role of Afrikaans white men in a post-apartheid era will be investigated.

Kubeshni Gounder (Junior Lecturer)

Title: Gender based violence: Is Corona-virus pandemic really to blame for the spike in GBV?
Description: There has been a definitive spike in the number of cases of GBV that has been reported since the lockdown in March. Some researchers have attributed this to the impact of the pandemic, however GBV has always existed. Is it a case that more emphasis(awareness) has been placed on GBV or has the impact of the virus lead to more abuse taking place? The research will focus on unpacking this.

Carel van Wyk (Lecturer)

Title: Meaningful Coincidences and Equine-assisted Psychotherapy
Description: Meaningful coincidences (synchronicities) that may occur during equine-assisted psychotherapy sessions are described, explored and explained from a classical Jungian perspective. Descriptive phenomenology (Duquesne School) is applied to empirically investigate the structure of this phenomenon.

Title: Introduction to Descriptive Phenomenology
Description: The theory and principles of descriptive phenomenology are explained in the framework of the generic qualitative research process. Core aspects of descriptive phenomenology are emphasised to distinguish it from other qualitative genres. Common errors made with descriptive phenomenological investigations are pointed out.


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