Thursday, 1 October 2020
18:00 - 19:00
A global crisis. The impact on South African communities

A global crisis and the impact on South African communities. RSVP for our FREE webinar by clicking here for your unique link.

A Global Crisis & Community Mental Health Promotion

Join SACAP educators Dr Gordon Isaacs and Thelma Oppelt as they discuss community mental health in the time of Corona, how the theoretical framework of Community Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) is an excellent example of where theory meets practice, and the positive role that SACAP’s Master’s of Social Science in Community Mental Health Promotion plays in building competencies as a strategic leader and social innovator in the various contexts of the South African mental health landscape.

The experts

Dr Gordon Isaacs

Dr. Isaacs holds a PhD in Social Work and his professional career spans close to 50 years in the field of Clinical Social Work, Community Mental Health and Social Development.

Dr Isaacs is credited as opening the first Crisis Clinic in Africa and was one of the first mental health care practitioners to work with HIV and AIDS. Over the course of his career, Dr Isaacs has embarked on several projects, including heading the counselling service for the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture in Cape Town, becoming a founding member of Triangle Project, NAPWA, the Gay Student Association on the UCT Campus, and SWEAT.

His areas of specialisation include: HIV and AIDS prevention and care, addiction, trauma and crisis, diversity, multiculturalism and diversity in SA, as well as working with gender, human rights, advocacy/lobbying, social justice, and community development.

Thelma Oppelt

Thelma Oppelt is a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Life Sciences, as well as Honours and Master’s degrees in Psychology from the University of South Africa.

Thelma is currently completing a PhD in Psychology where her thesis considers how Gambling Disorder is a specific risk factor for Intimate Partner Violence. Thelma’s focus is on bottom-up approaches to research and how positionality of the researcher affects outputs.

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Join SACAP for our FREE webinar on community mental health, the desperate need for social innovators and the value of studying SACAP’s Master’s of Social Work in Community Mental Health Promotion.

Join the session to discuss “A global crisis and the impact on South African communities” on Thursday, 1 October at 18:00 – 19:00. RSVP by clicking here for your unique link.

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