Publications 2015

<>Setlalentoa, M., Ryke, E.H. & Strydom, H. 2015. Intervention strategies used to address alcohol abuse in the North West province, South Africa. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 51(1):80-100.

<>Boshoff, PJ & Strydom, H. Exploring programmes to support police officials exposed to trauma: published in, The Social Work Researcher-Practitioner, 27(1):89-117.

<>Boshoff, PJ, Strydom, H & Botha, KFH. 2015. An assessment of the needs of police officials regarding trauma and trauma intervention programmes:  A qualitative approach: published in, Maatskaplike Werk/Social Work, 51(2):262-286.

<>Boshoff, PJ & Strydom, H. 2015. An assessment of the needs of police officials regarding trauma and trauma intervention programmes:  A quantitative approach. Acta Criminologica, 28(1):12-29.

<>Du Plooy, K.  2015. Impact of a relationships development group on students’ interpersonal communication and relationships, South African Journal of Higher Education, 29 (2): 82–105.

<>Du Plooy, K & Van Rensburg, E. 2015 Young Adults’ Perception of Coping with Parental Divorce: A Retrospective Study, Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(6): 490-512, DOI: 10.1080/10502556.2015.1058661

<>Grobler, H.  2015. A supervision tool to guide postgraduate students during research supervision, The Social Work Practitioner-Researcher, 27(2): 246-263.

<>Degenaar, H., & Kritzinger, A. 2015. Suck, swallow and breathing coordination in infants with infantile colic. South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 62(1), Art. #115, 10 pages. sajcd.v62i1.115

<>Jansen van Rensburg, B., Grobler, H., Strydom, C.  2014. Developing a prototype ecometric temperament sorter by means of the Delphi technique, The Social Work Practitioner-Researcher, 26(3).

<>Barlett, E., Freeks, FE., Strydom, C.  2015. Die impak van afwesige vaders op adolessente dogters se psigososiale welstand, Health SA Gesondheid, 20: 45-48.

<>Christene Louw & Herman Grobler. 2015. The utilisation of the bridging technique during therapy to overcome contact-making barriers in adolescents, Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community, 29:2, 173-190,

<>Christa Boshoff, Herman Grobler & Alida Nienaber. 2015. The evaluation of an equine-assisted therapy programme with a group of boys in a youth care facility, Journal of Psychology in Africa, 25:1, 86-90

<>Van der Vlies, B., Grobler, H.B., Denton, R.A.,  2015 ‘Adolessente se ervaring binne n lesbiese ouerhuis: n pastorale-Gestaltteoretiese hulverlening’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 71(1), Art #2735, 10 pages

<>Emené Peyper, Werner de Klerk & Ruan Spies.  2015. Experiences of young adult women with emotionally absent fathers, Journal of Psychology in Africa, 25:2, 127-1

<>D. Jonker , P.S. Sterkenburg, E. Van Rensburg. 2015. Caregiver-mediated therapy for an adult with visual and intellectual impairment suffering from separation anxiety, Research in Developmental Disabilities 47 (2015) 1–13

<>J. Rugira, A. W. Nienaber, M. P. Wissing. 2015. Evaluating the effect of a psychosocial well-being programme for students at a Tanzanian University, African journal for the psychological study of social issues. 77-95

<>Hassim, T. & Herbst, A. 2015. Strengths-based interventions in trauma counselling in Herbst, A. & Reitsma, G. (Eds). 2015. Trauma counselling: principles and practice in South Africa today. Cape Town: Juta. (2015).

<>Saloojee, F. & van Wyk, C.  2015.  The experiences of primary caregivers whose children/grandchildren were exposed to paternal incest.  Child Abuse Research:  A South African Journal, 16(2):1-12.

<>Cronjé-Malan, L., & Van Schalkwyk, L. 2015. Vroeë Adolessente Se Persepsies Van Hulle Primêre Versorgers Se Betrokkenheid By Die Skoolgemeenskap in ’N Hoë-Risiko Gemeenskap. Koers: Bulletin for Christian Scholarship, 80(2), 1–10.

<>Marie Claire M Rouillard, Lizane Wilson and Suzette Weideman. 2015. Registered counsellors’ perceptions of their role in the South African context of providing mental health-care services, South African Journal of Psychology 1–11

<>Olivia Davids, Marcel Londt and Lizane Wilson. 2015. Imprisoned Sex Offenders' Chronic Denial and Their Childhood Family Environment, The open family studies journal 7, 42-47

<>Van Zyl, L., van der Merwe, M. & Chigeza, S. 2015. Adolescents' lived experiences of their pregnancy and parenting in a semi-rural community in the Western Cape. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 51(2):151-173.

<>Petra Engelbrecht, Mirna Nel, Norma Nel & Dan Tlale. 2015. Enacting understanding of inclusion in complex contexts classroom practices of South African teachers, South African Journal of Education, Volume 35, Number 3, Art. # 1074, 10 pages

<>Wilson, L, Bitzer, E & Newmark, R. 2015. Community-engaged curricula in higher education:  The case of a master's programme in Play Therapy.  Journal of Higher Education, vol 29, No 4.

<>S. Hoosain & Shingairai Chigeza. 2015. Perceptions of social workers regarding life story work with children, CARSA 16(2)

<>Christene Louw & Herman Grobler 2014: The Utilisation of the Bridging Technique During Therapy to Overcome Contact-Making Barriers in Adolescents, Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community

Publications 2016

<>Spies, R., Derks, O.K., Sterkenburg, P.S., Schuengel. C., & Van Rensburg, E. 2016. Exploring the role, needs and challenges of relatives of mothers with HIV or HIV and psychosis: A qualitative study. Journal for Psychology in Africa, 25(6).

<>Walton, K. L., Avenant, J., & van Schalkwyk, I. 2016. Educators’ experiences of their relationships with adolescents involved in drug use. South African Journal of Education, 36(3), 1–10.

<>Grimova, L., & Schalkwyk, I. Van. 2016. Learners ’ perceptions and experiences of respect in educator-learner relationships, 237, 0–8.

<>Hitge, E. & Van Schalkwyk, I. (submitted). The well-being of South African psychologists: a mixed method study. Submitted to The South African Journal of Psychology, 2016.

<>Van Schalkwyk, I. & Naidoo, A.V. (submitted). Exploring the dynamics of spiritual fitness in women recovering from substance addiction. Submitted to Koers, 2016

Publications 2017

<>Van Schalkwyk, I. & Marais, S. (submitted). Educators’ relational experiences with learners identified with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Submitted to South African Journal of Education, 2016, to be published 2017.


Dr Carlien Van Wyk from SKJF attended the following coneferences:

  • Conference of the international society for child indicators:  From welfare to well-being (2 – 4 September 2015)
  • Other:An international week was attended during March 2015 in Hasselt (Belgium) where lectures were presented to students.

<>Prof Herman Grobler co-presented a paper at the Community Engagement Symposium in Vanderbijlpark. June 2016. The paper was presented on An exploration of families' strengths and needs: A community engagement approach. Co-presenters were dr fazel Freeks and Mrs Janine van Aardt.

<>Prof Herman Grobler co-presented a paper at the MMIRA 2016 conference, Durham University, England. August 2015. The paper was presented on: The effectiveness of appreciative inquiry in strengthening the sense of self of intellectually challenged adolescents within familial relationships: a mixed methods approach. Co-presenter was Mrs Christene Louw.

<>Prof Herman Grobler is co-presenter at conference presented by the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology in Paris, France. June 2015. The paper was presented on: A Psycho-education strategy as a method for reconstructing identity in the context of family violence. Other presenters were Prof Karel Botha and Dr Charlene Petersen

<>Dr Lizane Wilson and Dr Shanaaz Hoosain presented a paper on Community engagement at the Community Engagement Symposium ate Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. 2016.

<>Prof Corinne Strydom and Prof Herman Strydom attended the 2nd African Region Conference of the International Association of Gerontloogy in Nairobi, Kenia. 2016

<>Dr Richard Cowden presented a paper at the 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science in Vienna, Austria. The topic was on mental toughness. July 2016.

<>Dr Pieter Boshoff presented a paper on Implementation and Evaluation of a Psycho-social Therapeutic Programme (PTP) for Police Officials Attached to the specialised units in South Africa at the 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health:  ENHANCING THE HUMAN CONDITION: Negotiating and Creating Change. Singapore, June 2016. The co-autor was Prof Herman Strydom from the North-West University.

<>Dr Annelize Bonthuys presented a paper on The Tomatis® Method : A systematic review of the theoretical value and applicability in the promotion of self-regulation. The presentation was done at the 14th European Congress of Psychology - Milan, Italy 7-10 July 2015. Co presenter was prof Karel Botha.

<>Prof Karel Botha presented a paper on self-regulation in response to adversity emphasize the role and importance of negative emotions. Presentation was done at the 14th European Congress of Psychology in Milan, Italy. July 2015.

<>Dr Marie Steyn presented a poster at the XIII Annual International Conference, of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES), Sofia, Bulgaria, 10 - 13 June 2015. The topic was Student selection: North West University, South Africa. Co authors were Prof Elma Ryke and Ms Corrie Reeder


<>Prof Timothy Guetterman from the University of Michigan presented a workshop on Mixed-methods in January 2017 

<>Prof Herman attended a workshop on interactive-participatory mixed methods at the University of Michigan, USA. March 2016.

<>Prof Retha Bloem presented a paper at the International Week for Social Work. The topic of the International Week was "Diversity: the future of health and social care". Her presentation was on Promoting diversity in social care, using community maps as tool in exploring strengths and challenges in families....June 2016.

<>Dr Lanthe Kruger and Dr Karlien Smit from AUTeR, North-West University presented a two day workshop on systematic review in August 2016

<>Prof Herman Grobler presenting workshop on identity formation during the International Week of Social Work at PXL Social Work (PXL University College) in Hasselt, Belgium. March 2015

<>Prof Herman attended workshops on Visualization Methods for Integrating Diverse Data in Mixed Methods Research and Application of Recent Innovations in Mixed Methods Research Procedures at Durham University, England. August 2015


NRF-rated researchers

Prof Karel Botha (C3)

Prof Wim Roestenburg (C3)

Prof Mike Weyers (C2)

Prof Herman Strydom (C3)