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Annual Community Survey


​Staff and honours students from the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department annually participate in a community survey in a designated area of the Western Cape in January/February. This is done in consultation with different stakeholders. The rationale for the survey is based on the need to provide honours students with an in-service learning opportunity that entails fieldwork in an environment where their research efforts could make a contribution to community development. There is thus a dual objective: firstly, in-service learning through applied research using different research methodologies, and secondly, the generation of new knowledge that could benefit the community initiatives of various stakeholders. There is an additional objective, namely to train community members in fieldwork skills in order for them to partake in similar studies.

​C​ontact person: Mr Jacob du Plessis

Cloetesville Community Health Centre Mental Health Service-Learning Project


This project is connected to the Masters Programme in Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling in the Psychology Department. Two Masters students are placed in this community for the duration of the academic year. After completing a needs assessment they design and implement an intervention programme suitable for the context. One full day of practical work per week is rendered in this community.


Contact person: 
Prof Tony Naidoo

A community development service-learning
module and research project focusing on the sociology of communities and community based research. The main service-learning activity involves conducting qualitative research in collaboration with the service-learning organisation where students are placed and presenting a final research report to the organisation and related community in the service-area of the service-learning partner organisations. Research questions are generated  within the institutional and community setting. Six to eight reports are generated each year, depending on the amount of service-learning organisations participating.

Contact person: Mr Jacob du Plessis

 







Kayamandi Community Service-Learning Project 

This project is connected to the Masters Programme in Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling in the Psychology Department. Two Masters students are placed in this community for the duration of the academic year. After doing a needs assessment they design and implement an intervention programme suitable for the context. One full day of practical work per week is rendered in this community.

Contact person: Prof Tony Naidoo​​​

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Music: Service-Learning (Module 11847-496)

Community service with community partners and integration of theories of community development with the practice of community work.

Contact person: Ms Pamela Kierman


Welgevallen Community Psychology Clinic

Welgevallen Community Psychology Clinic (WCPC) is an initiative of the Department of Psychology. The clinic was established with the aim of providing meaningful training to clinical and counseling psychologists (to equip them with the skills they need to meet the mental health care needs of communities in South Africa) while also providing accessible, affordable and effective mental health services to the members of low-income communities surrounding Stellenbosch.

WCPC has four primary goals: 

  1. ​To provide a professional setting and meaningful practical learning opportunities for students who are undergoing training in clinical and counselling psychology at Stellenbosch University.
  2. To provide accessible, effective and context-appropriate out-patient  psychological services to families and individuals of all ages in the broader Stellenbosch community, who would not otherwise have access to psychological care.
  3. To undertake research and contribute to the body of knowledge on effective psycho-logical interventions within the South African context.
  4. To work collaboratively with community members, government agencies and community-based organisations to provide effective psychological interventions that address psycho-social problems in the broader Stellenbosch area.
Each year a number of community based psychological interventions in Kylemore, Klapmuts, Jamestown, Kayamandi and Cloetesville are implemented by our staff and students. These interventions are planned with members of the communities and typically target children and adults with a variety of concerns, from alcohol and substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, and many other behavioural and psychological problems. All interventions are offered under close supervision of experienced Clinical and Counselling Psychologists. The majority of these projects are school based and thus in excess of 2000 individuals benefit directly each year.

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