Sophiatown Community Psychological Services Social Worker Job Nov 2018

Sophiatown Community Psychological Services is a community mental health service targeting vulnerable population groups in the inner city of Johannesburg, as well as in and around Soweto. Sophiatown CPS offers a range of counselling and other psycho-social support services, with a particular focus on children and families whose emotional well-being has been impacted by HIV/AIDS and bereavement; forced displacement and war; violence in the home and the community; extreme poverty; the burden of care; and other forms of economic and social marginalization. Sophiatown CPS is committed to supporting carers and leaders in the wider network of NPOs, in the interest of promoting a value- and ethics-driven community of practice.

Job Title: Social Worker
Job Location: Johannesburg

The purpose of the position is to render counselling and other psycho-social support services to individuals, families and groups at its Bertrams office, which serves primarily inner-city refugee and migrant communities.


  • Individual, couple, family and group counselling
  • Liaise with statutory agencies around the protection and care of children and other vulnerable clients
  • Active collaboration with other service providers to ensure that clients get the most comprehensive service possible
  • Coordinate therapeutic programs and administrative functions of the Centre
  • Supervise and care for volunteers and junior team members
  • Active contribution to advocacy processes with regards to systemic human rights violations


  • A minimum of three to four years’ experience in an organisation with a similar focus on the emotional well-being of individuals, families and communities
  • Proven experience in therapeutic work with individuals and families
  • Proven experience in group therapy with children, adolescents and adults
  • Genuine commitment to team work and the collective effort to bring about change
  • Proven administrative skills
  • Proven writing skills as evidenced in the capacity to produce meaningful reports
  • Ability to thrive in resource deprived settings;
  • The capacity for critical self-reflection and meaningful self-care
  • Willingness to engage deeply with narratives of trauma and their social, political and economic contexts
  • A genuine commitment to upholding human rights and the ethics of the profession and the organization
  • Fluency in at least three South African languages
  • Registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions
  • Valid driver’s license

To apply, submit a CV to

Note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Application Deadline: 16th November 2018