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Dr Penny Kupa is a social worker in private practice and a member of the South African Association of Social Workers in Private Practice (SAASWIPP). She is also a committee member of the Gauteng branch. She has a Doctoral degree in Social Work (UP), Honours Degree in Psychology (UNISA) and Management Advancement Programme certificate (Wits Business School).

She started her career working for public and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) for 19 years where she acquired skills and experience in child protection services, working with the disabled, mental health and organisational management. This was followed by short stint in an Employee Wellness Company. She has been in private practice since 2008.

The private social work service focuses on counselling to individuals, couples and families, healthcare social work services, HIV/AIDS training, counselling and support and Employee Wellbeing Services (psychosocial support). The main goal of the service is to assist, support and equip clients with tools and techniques that nurture self-awareness, self – confidence and growth.

Competencies and interest areas  

  • Healthcare social work services, mainly psychosocial support for the patient and family from diagnosis of illness and adjustment to the illness (treatment and living positively with the illness).
  • Self-care for lay and professional healthcare workers.
  • Couple/ marital counselling.
  • HIV and AIDS training, counseling and support for adults and children.
  • Parental support and guidance with challenging childhood and adolescent behaviours.

Penny is married with 3 adult children and a grandson.