Social Work and Counselling
You'll work with social workers who provide counselling services to people in need of support owing to emotional problems they may be suffering from. These can include marital and family stress, depression, mid-life crisis, divorce counselling, HIV-related counselling, conflict management and parenting.
Your role and the types of work/activities you are given may vary and may depend on certain factors such as what’s required at the time that you're there. You'll work as part of the team and may spend various periods of time during the day counselling adults and couples, families, groups, adolescent groups and teenagers. You could assist in some or all of the following services:
You could assist with many areas of counselling, from marriage preparation and enrichment, relationships, individual, family, re-marriage and divorce counselling and mediation. Due to the nature of the work, counsellors themselves have to undergo compulsory counselling and regular evaluations.
This can take place either at the FAMSA offices or at the local police station. FAMSA provides a 24 hour/7 days a week trauma counselling programme to victims of crime and violence for the South African Police Force at the local police stations. Other forms of trauma support you might be asked to assist with are sickness, accident, rape, death/loss, family violence and abuse, and HIV/AIDS counselling.
FAMSA offers various forms of training that you can get involved with, from basic counselling skills, debriefing, group work training, stress management, life skills, personal growth and domestic violence. These are aimed at local volunteers to give them the tools to be able to assist with counselling
Counselling is often given to parents to help them deal with difficult behaviour in children, assisting them with effective parenting skills training and addressing specific problems in groups and individuals. Please note that only adults are counselled, but children can be referred to Child Psychologists in the area, if needed.
FAMSA runs various different programmes giving support and assistance to groups and individuals. These include the Life Skills Programme and the “Women in Need’ programme. These are programmes for men and women which are aimed at starting up support groups that can self-sustain victims of domestic violence to enable the victims to generate an income and thus become self-supporting. This can be in the form of a cooking or sewing group, for example.
There is also a Prison Programme that has been set up where counsellors go into the Knysna prison and offer group counselling and assistance. They try to impart life skills and information to the prisoners, thus assisting in rehabilitating and empowering them.
A Parole Counselling Programme is also being set up to assist ex-prisoners who are re-entering society. It is aimed at helping them to enter the job market and thus hopefully staying away from a life of crime.
What you'll gain from doing this Project:
- An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into South African culture.
- You'll learn a lot from experts in your field about how they work in a cultural environment that's different to what you're used to.
- New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
- An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
- And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
You will be staying in one of the two dorms in the volunteer house sharing with members of the same sex. The house has plenty of bunk beds and fresh linen and towels are provided every Friday. There is a kitchen with all the necessary cooking appliances e.g. stove, fridge, kettle, toaster and microwave with plenty of cutlery and dishes. There is also a dining room with a payphone to receive and make local and international calls and a separate lounge which has a TV and DVD player for nights spent in. Each dorm has an ensuite bathroom with a bath/shower and toilet facilities and there is a spare toilet with a shower off the kitchen.
What to do next
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