Department of Social Work

Prof P Botha

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Social Work
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 429 6274


  • BA
  • BA (Hons)
  • BA (Social Science)
  • MA (Mental Health)
  • DPHIL (Social Work)

Field of Specialisation

  • Individual, couples and family counselling
  • Disability
  • Foster care
  • School social work
  • Adolescence
  • Student support
  • ODeL
  • Spirituality within Social Work
  • Management, supervision and coaching

Journal articles

  • “Student throughput: the role of the individual lecturer” – Progressio, 32(2):102-116, 2011
  • “Obstacles and facilitative opportunities while studying Social Work within open and distance learning context” - Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, October 2011
  • “Consequences of the foster care backlog for social workers and the profession” –

              co-authored with Ms PM Ngwenya - Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, June 2012

  • ”Continuous Professional Development workshops can be an opportunity for conscious and intentional knowledge development: case specific reflections”- Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, October 2012
  • “Factors enabling and hampering social welfare services rendered to street children in Pretoria: perspectives of service providers” co-authrored with Ms R Skhosana and Prof R Schenck - Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, June 2014
  • “The challenges and coping resources of youth heading households” -  Commonwealth

              Youth and Development 12(2), November 2014

  • “Factors contributing to the breakdown of foster care placements of adolescents” –  co-authored by Ms Mnisi Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk 2016: 52(2)

Professional positions, fellowships & awards



  • Research: An online self-coaching programme for the professional development of social work students
  • Research: Developing a transformed curriculum for Management and Supervision within Social work
  • Research: Leadership development of school principals (Partners for Possibility)
  • Community engagement: Leadership development of school principals (Partners for Possibility)