De Klerk - Counselling, Lecturing, Training - Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Melissa De Klerk

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Services

Counselling, Lecturing, Training

Work History

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR

UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG AND NKUNGAMATHE YOUTH FORUM, NKANDLA

o Development of community leadership and development programme
o Workshop facilitator of people-centred Asset-Based Community development programme presented to 35 youth leaders in rural Nkandla area
o Researching the role of culture in women in community empowerment initiatives
o Consultation with local leadership structures to initiate development initiatives

Teacher, Gr

HOëRSKOOL JEUGLAND

(English)

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER IN PRIVATE PRACTICE

o Individual therapy of learners on a weekly basis
o Psycho-educational group work
o Social skills training, eg sexual development, bullying, self-esteem, social skills
o EAP interventions with staff members
o Staff training and facilitation of workshops
o Consultation with parents, parenting skills training
o Liaison with psychiatrists and medical practitioners regarding referral of learners

SOCIAL WORKER IN PRIVATE PRACTICE

NOVALIS HOUSE FOR INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED ADULTS

o Therapy to clients and families
o Psycho-Educational Groupwork
o Training of staff
o Brain Gym and music therapy sessions
o Design of development programmes to aid stimulation and actualization of potential
o Formulation of Individualised Development Programmes for clients, based on the Circle of Courage model
o Supervision of local and international university internship students
o Liaison with community and local business to generate awareness and funding

Course coordinator

Community Development Practice

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG, WITWATERSRAND and UNISA (2008-present)
o Lecturer: basic communication skills, Community Development Practice, Course coordinator: Certificate Course in Basic Skills for People-Centred Community Development at Unisa
o Course coordinator and lecturer: Asset-Based Community Development for People-Centred facilitors
o Coaching and mentoring of Community Development internship students on Masters level
o Presenter of workshops for supervisors of internship students
o Development of modules for Degree in Community Development, University of Johannesburg
o Development of certificate programme in Asset-Based Community Development and Leadership, University of Johannesburg
o Assessor: Research dissertations Unisa
o External Examiner: Honours course in Social Work Ethics, Unisa

TEACHER

PRETORIA HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

(North Sotho)

DIRECTOR, THERAPY FOR AFRICA

ART. 21 COMPANY

I formed part of a group of clinical practitioners from various expert fields across South Africa with the main aim to empower people through training and therapy.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONER, ISIPHEPHELO AIDS HOSPICE

eMBALENHLE

o Counselling of caregivers on a weekly basis to prevent burn-out
o Contact with terminal patients.
o Development of community project to develop skills of caregivers and peer educators in terms of counselling, antiretroviral therapy and medication.
o Fundraising and networking among government organisations, businesses, welfare organisations, community action groups.

FOUNDER AND COORDINATOR OF HOUSE OF MERCY WELFARE ORGANISATION (registered NPO)
I was responsible for managing the business strategy, fund-raising and volunteers of this registered non-profit organisation, which aims to provide counselling, care and developmental support to AIDS orphans and affected families in eMbalenhle.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONER, CHRISTELIKE MAATSKAPLIKE RAAD, SECUNDA

o Development of communities through empowerment initiatives.
o Group work with unemployed women, crèche teachers and children in disadvantaged communities.
o Networking with funder organisations and local communities.
o Presentation and management of life skills programmes to empower children, women and the elderly.
o Management of welfare budgets for projects.
o Organisation of World AIDS Day, winter and Christmas community projects
o Management and monitoring of a volunteer corps

o Therapist

EDUCATIONAL KINESIOLOGIST IN PRIVATE PRACTICE

in private remedial education practice to assist individuals with neurological integration through Brain Gym® techniques.
o Specialisation areas: Concentration deficits, study methods, self esteem, stress management in learning environment, parental guidance.

PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

SASOL, SECUNDA

o Organisation and coordination of special events
o Presentation of educational factory tours to overseas visitors and groups
o In-house communication: interventions, managing of corporate communication strategy

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, SASOL, SECUNDA
o Editor of in-house magazine
o Facilitation of communication processes to employees to integrate change and transformation interventions in the organisation
o Management and supervision of communication strategy
o Liaison with Management to improve communication processes

EDITOR, DE JAGER-HAUM PUBLISHERS
o Editing and publishing of school text books in African languages

Qualifications & Certifications

University of Johannesburg cum laude

Advanced Play Therapy

Centre for Play Therapy

Social Work

UNISA

Higher Education

University of Pretoria

III and English III

University of Pretoria

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