Hetta van Niekerk is an Educational Psychologist in private practice in George in the Western Cape, South Africa. She has been practicing for 25 years and is trained in various techniques and schools of therapy; including Child-Centered Play Therapy, Bibliotherapy, Narrative Therapy, EMDR and Art Therapy. She is fully bilingual and offers her services in English and Afrikaans.
Hetta has a special interest in working with individuals whose voice is often not heard; including children and individuals with intellectual disabilities. The following services are offered by Hetta van Niekerk:
Hetta is an experienced presenter at functions, workshops and congresses alike. This year she has presented at the Family Medicine Refresher Course at UFS (2018) and will be presenting at a Parent Support Group Session arranged by ETHAN. She will also be part of a workshop at a school in Knysna, presenting alongside her collleague, Ute Robbertze.
Last year her presentation [Applying the Theoretical Construct of Attachment to Certain Sections of the Children's Act (38 of 2005)] and a workshop [Investigating Claims of Child Sexual Abuse Concerning Young Children] at the Annual SAPSAC Conference (7th & 8th August 2017) were highlights to her. She is a consultant to the Child Witness Institute and has been involved in a training course on helping vulnerable victims of crime (children & intellectually impaired individuals) in September 2017.
Some of the international conferences at which she has presented include: The 6th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights (2014) (Yaounde Cameroon); SAPSAC 15th Annual National Conference on Child Abuse post-conference (2014) (Pretoria) and the 2nd MEISA Trauma Congress (2014) (Stellenbosch). In 2015 she was invited to the Cape Mental Health consultative workshop on Psycho-Legal Assessments of Persons with Intellectual or Psycho-social Disabilities who have experienced Gender-based Violence. She also gave valuable input at a SAVE training program to prosecutors in the Eden-Karoo region by Carol Bosch (Cape Mental Health).
She continues to develop her skills professionally and enjoys learning about new developments in the field. In October 2017 she completed a mini course in "Oxygen and the Brain" through NeuropsychologySA and in 2016 she attended numerous presentations, including Elspeth McAdam's workshop on "Using systemic appreciative practices when working with individuals, couples and families"; David Epston's narrative therapy workshop titled, "What is a Good Story? And why do some stories trump others?" and Dr Sharon Truter's workshop of applied Neuropsychology, "Memory & Learning in Children" (Mindmuzik).
She continues to be involved in the George Professional Study Group, attending presentations on topics on mental health, such as "Developmental Issues in Adolescence" (June 2017). She has also presented an ethical presentation on "Child Protection: Children at Risk of Falling though the Cracks" to the George Professional Study Group (May 2017) and to the Garden Route Professional Study Group: Knysna (2016).
She is registered with the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa) and BHF (Board of Healthcare Funders). She is further affiliated with SAPSAC (South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children) and APSAC (American Professional Society of the Abuse of Children). She is a member of the ETHAN (Education and Training Hub for Autism Needs) professional team and is a consultant for the Child Witness Institute. Following a holistic approach to treatment, she enjoys working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
BA (Hons) Psych (UP)
HED Postgrad (UNISA)
M Ed (Psych) (UP)
Cert. Child Law (CE at UP)
PhD (Law) (RU)
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