Why is it important to speak to a social worker?

What is a social worker in private practice?

Social workers in private practice are trained professionals who offer their services directly to individuals, families, groups and organisations on a fee for service basis.


In order to practice as a social worker, you must complete a university degree in social work and register with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP). SAASWIPP members must have an additional four to five years post-qualifying experience before they join the organisation. Many of our members are highly specialised in their chosen fields of practice.

Social work is a wide ranging profession. Social workers seek to bring about empowerment and change in the lives of the individuals and families and communities they serve. They offer counselling, psychotherapy and mediation services to individuals, families and groups to effect psycho-social change.

Some social workers are engaged in bringing about broad-based changes in organisations and communities by means of community work methods and development strategies. Social work services are offered in multiple settings from welfare agencies to schools to hospitals and prisons to corporate settings.

What are some of the benefits of consulting a social work professional?

    • Social workers are professionals who are trained to assess your issues and work with you to bring about change in your life.
    • Social workers see the big picture. We are aware of the impact that social issues, culture, economic circumstances, stress and relationship dynamics have on the lives of individuals and families.
    • Social workers are trained to work in teams and may be helpful in working together with other professionals involved in your case.
    • Social work can also be used to proactively prevent illness by promoting psycho-social well-being and good health practices.
    • Social workers are trained to be real and respectful with their clients.
    • Social workers are trained to be practical in their thinking whilst remaining aware of complex psychological issues.
    • Most medical aids offer some cover for social work services, though your medical aid cover may not cover the full cost of your treatment.

    About SAASWIP

    SAASWIPP is a voluntary professional association of social workers in private practice. Our members are experienced qualified social workers, registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).

    SAASWIPP believes in the value of the Social Work profession and in the valuable contribution made by social workers in private practice to mental health, psychosocial well-being, welfare and development in South Africa.