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Tuesday | 21 July | 2020 Social work in schools: How to make an impact

By Nico Strydom The role of social workers in the school environment has changed significantly during the past few years. Today children have many irons in the fire and are confronted with unique challenges that did not exist a few years ago. They are increasingly being exposed to trauma and social workers in the school environment have their hands full to try and help children with emotional, behavioural and social problems. Nowadays children experience more stress in school due to mounds of homework, pressure to perform and bullies. This can result in a child starting to neglect his or her
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Wednesday | 27 May | 2020 Social workers: Work-life balance is essential

By Essie Bester Social work is a calling ─ a purposeful choice to help people. As a social worker you are a voice for people who are not heard. You confront serious social issues ─ something that makes burnout in this profession a sad reality. In South Africa with its high rate of unemployment, increasing criminality and escalating socioeconomic problems, the chances are good that you as a social worker will lose the balance between work and life. You are, after all, working with negative aspects of life and are constantly in conflict. “People think that you only work with
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Wednesday | 13 May | 2020 What about us? Prevent burnout by practising self-care – Part 2

By Dr. Elsha Hermann We here at Solidarity Helping Hand realise that social workers experience unbelievable work stress, with few resources and emotionally draining cases. This means that social workers often suffer emotional and mental burnout. In Part 1 of “What about us?” we placed a link to a questionnaire for determining burnout. In order to prevent burnout, it is important to follow an inclusive approach, which includes the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions. Pro-active behaviour must be pursued rather than reactive solutions to the problem. It is, firstly, important to admit that everything is becoming too much
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Wednesday | 13 May | 2020 What about us? Mental health of social workers – Part 1

By Dr Elsha Hermann The never-ending feeling that you as a social worker must handle everything, plus at the same time the expectation of others that you must be able to handle everything, leaves most of us social workers in a hole. A deep, black hole. Sometimes we fall so deep into the hole that we have trouble climbing back out. Social workers, like any other person, sometimes just need to hear a thank you. We sometimes do find that single person who is thankful, but most of the time we get no thank you. That makes it difficult to
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Wednesday | 06 May | 2020 How to prevent being swamped by paper work

By Nico Strydom   Social workers handle a great many cases at once, which is physically and emotionally exhausting. One of their biggest challenges with regard to practical implementation, is the administration thereof, which includes a tremendous amount of paper work. During the workday they have to see clients, render services and write reports. This means that paperwork has to be attended to in the evenings or after hours in order to ensure not falling behind.   During research on social workers, Dr. Elmien Truter and Prof. Ansie Fouché, both lecturers in the faculty Health Sciences at the North-West University’s
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Wednesday | 29 April | 2020 Social workers and new generation: This is how you handle the younger generation

By Nico Strydom   The younger generation thinks and acts totally differently from previous generations and to social workers this means that perhaps they should approach this group in a different way.   Millennials, also known as generation Y, are defined as people who were born between 1981 and 1996, while Generation Z are the group that follows on the millennials. Generation Y are very self-confident, ambitious, performance-orientated and have high expectations. Generation Z are competitive, financially focussed and broad-minded. Generation Y grew up in the midst of fast technological progress, while technology is an integral part of Generation Z’s
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Tuesday | 21 April | 2020 WANNEER IEMAND IN JOU LYF SE HUISIE INBREEK . . .

Liewe jy Molesteer is vir my so 'n donker woord … 'n woord waar mense sommer wye draaie om loop.  'n Woord wat kinders en jongmense skaam laat wegkruip, bang om vir iemand te vertel.  'n Woord wat 'n mens partykeer skuldig laat voel, en sommer net nikswerd.  'n Woord wat nagmerries bring en die bang sommer diep in jou hart laat wegkruip.  Molesteer gebeur om die hoek van winkels, daardie oomblik as jy alleen gaan loop, by die vakansie-oord, by die skool … en so baie keer gebeur dit by ons huise. En nou is ons hele land toegemaak
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Tuesday | 21 April | 2020 Die brandende vlam van maatskaplike werk tydens Covid-19

Deur Marisa Engelbrecht Skaars drie weke gelede het min van ons gedink die wêreld soos ons hom ken, gaan so vinnig so drasties verander. Vir die maatskaplike werker is die Covd-19-inperkings in Suid-Afrika 'n hele nuwe speelveld. Dit is wêreldwyd vir regerings ook so. Die veld waarop ons nou draf is droog en dor en ons moet baie van die nuwe reëls self interpreteer en ontleed.   Ons oorleef in die chaos en probeer die beste van 'n uitdagende saak te maak. Dit gaan immers oor oorlewing – letterlik.   Die kans is goed dat die maatskaplike werker se kliënte
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Tuesday | 21 April | 2020 Maatskaplike werkers in SA en die Covid-19-krisis

Deur Marisa Engelbrecht   Die geweldige tekort aan maatskaplike werkers in Suid-Afrika en die groeiende maatskaplike en ekonomiese uitdagings plaas tans ’n baie groot las op maatskaplike werkers in Suid-Afrika tydens Covid-19 se inperkings.   Op hierdie stadium is die grootste bekommernis die feit dat daar bitter min inligting beskikbaar is oor presies wat die maatskaplike werker se rol in die groter krisis is. Dit wil selfs voorkom of die departement van maatskaplike ontwikkeling die verantwoordelikheid selfs aan die maatskaplike werker se eie inisiatief oorlaat om die nuwe vereistes rondom wetgewing te interpreteer en dit kan rampspoedige gevolge inhou.  
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Tuesday | 21 April | 2020 Kommunikeer so beter tydens Covid-19

Deur Bianca Smit   Kommunikasie is kardinaal vir die meeste beroepe en vir 'n ekstrovert soos ek, vorm dit deel van my dag-tot-dag-oorlewing. Maar hoe bou ons steeds waardevolle verhoudings en hoe kommunikeer ons doeltreffend tydens inperking? In hierdie tyd is e-posse en video- en telefoonoproepe ons grootste bron van kommunikasie met mekaar. Daar is egter verskeie maniere hoe kenners op die gebied meen ons hierdie kommunikasie met mekaar kan verbeter. Die BBC het onlangs 'n paar nuttige wenke vir beter kommunikasie gedeel: Gebruik jou ore Dit is uiters belangrik om werklik te luister na die persoon wanneer jy met
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