Social Workers, Auxiliary Social Workers
Conduct an initial assessment of the client and together with the client, design an Individual Development Plan (IDP). Make the client aware of the Rights and Responsibilities of Victims and the fact that they do have power, options and choice. This IDP then forms the framework of each of the therapeutic sessions. Beyond therapy, this could mean practical and legislative advice, obtaining Protection or Harassment Orders, accessing grants if they are being misused by family members, preparation for court and referrals to the DSD for removals of at risk individuals, admission to rehab facilities, access to feeding schemes etc. In other words anything that would assist the client in regaining their sense of control and move them towards real empowerment. All of this is to enable the client to learn to implement strategies to break the cycle of victimhood and violence.
The client remains under the care of their primary Social Worker, but at times, should the client agree, they will be referred to one of our specialist trauma counsellors within the organisation for longer term therapeutic intervention. Our Counselling is also for secondary trauma victims as a result of witnessing violence and crime, living in a violent society, having experienced historical violence or being impacted by violence in any way that causes a harmful emotional response.
Therapeutic Group Sessions
These are run by the our Therapeutic Social Workers with the aim to try and understand and therefore possibly prevent any future crisis through educating around the choices we make and why we make them, life skills, personal development and interpersonal communication. We encourage all our clients to attend these training sessions as part of their therapy.
To be the eyes on the ground to identify the problems before they become critical and to refer clients in immediate need.
We also work with our foreign national communities who are often unaware of their rights in our country and as such are often further victimised.
Partnership with city of cape town