Department of Social Work

Prof AH Alpaslan

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Social Work
Professor
Tel: 012 429 6739
E-mail: alpasah@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • D Phil in Social Work (UP, 1991)
  • MA in Social Work (Cum Laude) (UP, 1989)
  • BA in Social Work (Cum Laude) (UP, 1987)
  • L TH (Cum Laude) (Irene Theological College, 1983)

Fields of academic interests

  • Marriage Guidance and Counselling, Post-divorce Counselling
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Social Group Work
  • GLBTI-issues
  • Social Work Education and Training in the ODL-context
  • Social work students in the ODL-context social realities
  • Gerontology
  • Chemical Substance Disorders

Field of Specialisation

  • Marriage Guidance and Counselling, Post-divorce Counselling
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Social Group Work
  • GLBTI-issues

Journal articles

  • Alpaslan, A., Johnston, T. & Goliath, V. 2009. Parents’ experiences regarding the coming-out process of a gay and lesbian child. Social Work, 45(1): 27-46
  • Alpaslan, A. 2010. The coping resources employed by Unisa’s undergraduate students to address the realities experienced in relation to their living conditions in Sunnyside, Tshwane. Social Work, 46(1):1-23
  • Van der Westhuizen, M, Alpaslan, AH. & De Jager, M. 2010. Chemically addicted adolescent relapses: Challenging social work aftercare services. The Social Work Practitioner-Researcher, 22(1):1-23.
  • Alpaslan, A. 2010. The realities of the living conditions of Unisa’s undergraduate students residing in Sunnyside, Tshwane. Social Work, 46(2):144-163
  • Alpaslan AH & Nziyane, LF. 2011. Barriers hindering the effective integration of orphaned children living in child-headed households into extended family folds. Social Work, 47(2): 117-137
  • Alpaslan, AH. 2011. “Sunny side and/or shady side?” The living conditions and resilience of elderly Sunnyside residents.  Acta Academica, 43(2):113-144
  • Nziyane, LF & Alpaslan, AH. 2011. The potential value of integrating child-headed child-households into extended family folds. The Social Work Practitioner-Researcher, 23(2): 190-209
  • Van der Westhuizen, M., Alpaslan, AH & De Jager, M. 2011. Preventing relapses amongst chemically addicted adolescents: Exploring the state of current services. Social Work, 47(3) 350-370
  • Nziyane, LF & Alpaslan, AH. 2011. Practice guidelines for the integration of child-headed households into extended family folds. Social Work, 47(3):301-322
  • Alpaslan AH & Lombard, J. 2011. Studying towards becoming a social worker: Examining the motivations of, and challenges, facing students at an open distance learning (ODL) University. Social Work, 47(4): 430-450
  • Nziyane, LF & Alpaslan, AH. 2012. The realities of orphaned children living in child-headed households. Social Work, 48(3):290-307
  • Alpaslan, N & Schenck, R. 2012. Challenges related to the working conditions experienced by social workers practising in rural areas. Social Work, 48(4):400-419
  • Van der Westhuizen, M, Alpaslan, A.H. & De Jager, M.S. 2013. Aftercare to chemically addicted adolescents: and exploration of their needs.  Health SA Gesondheid, 18(1):559.
  • Alpaslan, N., Angelopulo, G. & Schenck, R. 2013. Satisfied and/or dissatisfied? The experience-based perceptions of social work student customents of studying at an open and distance learning university. Social Work, 49(3):410-432.
  • Botes, J., Van der Westhuizen, M. & Alpaslan, N. 2014. Informing employee assistance programmes for farm workers: An exploration of the social circumstances and needs of farm workers in the Koup. Social Work, 50(1):38-58.
  • Angelopulo, G.C., Alpaslan, A.H. & Schenk, C.J. 2014. The span of communicated ideas on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Peru: the discourse on labour. Communicare, 33(1):1-20
  • Schenck, R., Alpaslan, A. & Angelopulo, G. 2014. The experiences of social work students at an open distance learning institution. The Social Work Practitioner-Researcher, 26(2): 260-280.
  • Schultz, P & Alpaslan, AH. 2016. Our brothers’ keepers: siblings abusing chemical substances living with non-using siblings. Social Work, 52(1): 90-111.
  • Du Toit, W. & Van der Westhuizen, M & Alpaslan, N. 2016. Operationalising cluster foster care schemes as an alternative form of care. Social Work 52(3):391-413.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Postgraduate Coordinator and Chair of the Departmental Research and Ethics Committee, Department of Social Work, University of South Africa
  • Member of the South African Academy for Science and Arts.
  • Member of the editorial advisory committee for the journal Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk
  • Member of South African Association For Social Workers In Private Practice - SAASWIPP
  • Recipient of the UNISA Chairperson of Council Award for Excellence in the category - Excellent overall job performance in 2013