Vision and Mission
The vision of the research focus area, Community Psychosocial Research (COMPRES), is to conduct scientific and evidence-based research of high quality within community psychosocial wellness in appropriate South African contexts with the aim to prevent pathology and to improve psychosocial well-being.
In addition, we want to establish ourselves as leading role-players in community psychosocial research in the wider Southern Africa and by achieving this we would like to develop and provide appropriate models for the understanding of and addressing community psychosocial adversities and well-being within a developing context.
Community Psychosocial Research (COMPRES) is a research focus area within the Faculty of Health Science and is the research home for researchers from the School of Psychosocial Health and the Centre for Child, Youth and Family Studies (CCYF). It officially opened its doors in January 2015.
Community Psychosocial Research (COMPRES) also emphasises the importance of a community presence, which symbolises what we stand for and where not only the researchers, but also community members − who are invaluable and who play an active role in the research projects − feel at home.
Calendar and Events
30 September 2024 - Closing date for MHSC Research Psychology Application
CONGRATULATIONS ON OUR NEW DOCTORS
On 23 June 2023 four Ph.D students obtained their Ph.D degrees in COMPRES. We want to congratulate them with this huge achievement. Congratulations to the promoters, Prof Carlien van Wyk, Prof Retha Bloem, Prof Werner de Klerk and Dr Lizane Wilson on the successful delivery of four excellent candidates.
Continue the great work.
BOTES, Jacomina Elizabeth Johanna
Jacomina Elizabeth Johanna Botes was born on the 16th of November 1969 in Prieska . She is the daughter of Jan and Heléne Burger and is the sister of Helena Buys, Maria Botha, and Andries Burger. She is married to Wieds Botes and is the mother of Josef and Bernard. She matriculated from Groblershoop High School in 1987 and enrolled for a B.Soc.Sc (SW) degree at the University of the Free State in 1988. She completed the subjects Afrikaans and English through UNISA and was appointed as a teacher in 1993 where she was responsible for a private creche for preschool learners. She obtained the MA (SW) Play Therapy degree in 1997 from the University of Pretoria. She worked in private practice (play therapy) and at Child Welfare, did community development in Tanzania, and worked at NICRO (National Institute for Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offenders) as a social worker. For the past twelve years she is employed by the Karsten Group. She is responsible for the Socio-Economic Development of the JABELPA Trust where mental health is one of their priorities.
In her thesis, A social work intervention to enhance paternal involvement in the Northern Cape farming context, Jacomien accomplished a multi-phased research project with two groups of populations. The phenomenological research design and qualitative descriptive design were used in this study. This was executed in four different phases with Phases 1-3 informing the development of the intervention. In the final research phase, the intervention was developed, implemented in the Northern Cape farming context and refined with the input of experts in the field of parenting and/or attachment. The development of the intervention builds on current knowledge, offers intervention guidelines for social workers and other professionals, and creates opportunities for future research in the field of paternal involvement.
Promotor/Promoter: Prof C Van Wyk from CCYF
Leandi Erasmus, a social worker with 18 years practice experience, obtained her social work degree, a BA (Hons) in psychology, as well as her Master of Social Work degree all from the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom campus. Her unwavering commitment to social justice emerged when she served as the Youth Commissioner in charge of Social Development in the North West province and later became the provincial director of the Democratic Alliance. During this time, she engaged in voluntary social work, established a crisis centre, and subsequently became the principal and youth development manager of Girls and Boys Town. She is currently working in private practice and resides with her Life partner, Heloise and two children, Martyn and Helena in Linden Johannesburg.
In her thesis, Contents for a transformative developmental social work curriculum, she developed a learning strategy for undergraduate social work training in South Africa, focusing on transformative developmental social work and promoting social justice among youth. The study consisted of four phases, where her empirical investigation entailed a multi-method, multi-phased research approach. The approach and subsequent results addressed the influence of Eurocentric perspectives in the current social work curricula, highlighting the need for an African-centred model. This contributed in establishing the vibrant scientific voice of Africa. This research plays a crucial role in empowering marginalized communities, fostering positive social change, and combating inequality. Leandi’s work also contextualized the social justice narrative and highlighted the inclusion in academic discourse. Apart from the advocacy established by this research it is also a gentle reminder on the true nature of social work as agents of change.
Promotor/Promoter: Prof CHM Bloem. From CCYF
VON WIELLIGH, Nadia
Nadia von Wielligh was born on the 26th of April 1968 in Malmesbury, Western Cape. She matriculated from Piketberg High School in 1986 and enrolled for the Bachelors in Social Work at the University of Stellenbosch in 1987. After she obtained this degree in 1990, she worked at various NGO’s and government departments as a social worker. From 1997 to 2007 she was employed by the University of Stellenbosch as part time junior lecturer and supervisor at the Department of Social Work. Since 2007 she is employed by Hugenote Kollege, Wellington at the School of Social Reformation. She obtained her HED and Bed (Honours) degree, both with distinction, in 2000 and 2009 from UNISA. She then obtained her MSW degree in 2014 at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. Currently she is the Dean of the School of Social Reformation, Hugenote Kollege, Wellington. Nadia is married to Johann and have three children, Niklaus (25), Ivan (23) and Ilne (18).
In her thesis, A training programme to enhance knowledge and skills of social work supervisors for a social development context, Nadia used the Design and Development model of intervention research to develop a training programme for social work supervisors within the South African development context. In semi-structured interviews, social workers and social work supervisors shared their perspectives on the training needs of social work supervisors working in a development context. Following the semi-structured interviews, the prototype of the training programme was discussed during focus group discussions with social work supervisors after which the final components to be included in the training programme were finalized. The study will increase the knowledge base on supervision in South Africa, the social work profession, as well as developmental social work and the developmental approach.
Promotor/Promoter: Dr L Wilson from CCYF
DE KLERK, Monique
Monique de Klerk, the daughter of Deon and Retha Fouché was born on the 20th of July 1992 in Klerksdorp. She matriculated with distinction from Goudveld High School in 2010 and enrolled for her BEd degree at the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom Campus in 2011. She obtained her honours degree (Psychology) with distinction in 2015 and her MA degree (Counselling Psychology) in 2018 at the NWU, Potchefstroom Campus. She completed her internship at Thuso in 2017 and has been employed as a Counselling Psychologist at the Centre for Health & Human Performance: Psychology & Wellbeing from 2018, lecturing part time for post-graduate students.
In her thesis, The development and evaluation of a crises containment management model in South African schools: A multi-method exploration, Monique followed a multi-method approach which consisted of four phases which equaled four articles (three articles have already been published). Based on literature findings which states the lack of crisis containment models in schools (phase 1), and the experiences and needs of educators and support staff in schools (phase 2), Monique developed a crisis containment model to support educators and support staff in dealing with various crises (phase 3) which was evaluated by key informants (phase 4) who emphasised the need for implementing such a model in schools.
Promotor/Promoter: Prof W De Klerk
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