Welcome to my website!

My personal mission statement is: 
To honour God through living out my faith moment-by-moment and through inspiring and facilitating spirituality, resilience and depth in others.”

I studied social work at the University of Cape Town, where I obtained my Masters Degree in clinical social work in 1997 with distinction.  In 2004 I completed my doctoral studies in social work at the Rand Afrikaans University, on the topic “Multicultural scale development in social work”.

I spent the first several years of my career employed as an occupational social worker with the SA Navy in Simonstown.  In 1997 I moved to Pretoria to start a social work research department for the SA Department of Defence.  I later became the manager of an interdisciplinary team of health researchers at the Military Psychological Institute.

I joined the University of Johannesburg in April 2007 and am Associate Professor of social work.  I supervise several masters and doctoral dissertations.  I am teaching courses in generalist social work; health and illness; and clinical social work (more here).  I have several research projects ticking over, particularly my work with Girls & Boys Town (more here). 

My central research focus is resilience – how people bounce back and even thrive in the face of adversity, and I focus a lot of people in transition, particularly the transition to adulthood. For the first several years of my career I studied the resilience of military families as they deal with the repeated transition of the military member in and out of the family due to military deployments. My work involved understanding these transitions and the ways they made families vulnerable, identifying the resilience factors the protected families and then developing an intervention to strengthen these families. This culminated in the Separation Resilience Seminar (also called the Deployment Resilience Seminar). Over the past several years I have been looking at the resilience of young people leaving care (children's homes) to understand their transition into young adulthood. This is my primary research focus at the moment. I am also researching aspects of university students' resilience, social workers' resilience and organisational resilience. 

I have published more than 27 peer-reviewed papers, and various other printed and conference papers.  You can read my publications at Google Scholar or academia.edu. academia.edu is the best place to see what I am writing. I am the Vice President of Resilio - the International Association for the Promotion and Dissemination of Research on Resilience and the President of ASASWEI (the Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions).

At the end of 2009 I completed a Bachelor of Theology degree at the Theological Education by Extension College (TEE) - more about that here. In January 2013 I wrote my last exam towards an honours degree in systematic theology. I have a particular interest in theologies of the Trinity and the atonement. I have blog called Reflections of God’s Love, where I post my sermons and theological reflections.

I am married to Trina, a physiotherapist originally from Ireland, and have a 17-year old son, Erin Andile (more on the family here).  In my ‘spare time’, I read, play the piano, sing (more on music here), facilitate a Bible study group, paint mandalas (more here), cook, preach (more here), garden, study theology and sleep.

If you have enjoyed my work, I'd love to hear from you - contact me.

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Page last updated: 9 October 2015