Service Learning Programme (SLP)


Service Learning Programme (SLP)

Course dates 2024: To be confirmed
Course duration: 12 days

Service Learning Programme (SLP) is a joint venture between the Centre for Play Therapy and Training and the Overberg Educational District, Western Cape.

You will be able to claim CPD credits for the supervision periods. Accommodation and three meals per day included. If candidates would like to organise their own accommodation and meals in Gansbaai they can ask for a quotation for the course without the accommodation and meals and organise it themselves in Gansbaai.


Dr Hannie Schoeman (Centre for Play Therapy and training, Mr Koos van der Westhuizen Western Cape Educational Department and Dr Magda van Biljon Western Cape Educational Department Overberg)

The Centre for Play Therapy and Training in partnership with the Overberg Educational District is offering a 12 day Service Learning Programme (SLP) focussing on the primary and secondary schools in Gansbaai. Children and youth in this region face several key challenges. Youth unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, risky sexual behaviour, teenage pregnancies and aggressive behaviour to name a few. A lack of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship are also identified. Many children are traumatized and psychologically and emotionally injured.

The aim of the Service Leaning Programme is to :
  • Facilitate a practical learning experience for practitioners working with children.
  • To assist and enable children to better their possibilities and psycho social functioning.
  • To support school management to reach out to children, parents and local community.
  • To enable parents to understand children’s behaviour and to support the parents in the process.

Nine (9) practitioners will be selected. They must already have completed the level 1 and 2 courses of the Centre for Play Therapy and Training. They must be registered with a Professional Statutory Board or have a SAPS clearance certificate to work with children. They must also stay in Gansbaai for the duration of the SLP.

You have 3 options in attending the SLP 2023:
SLP Option 1: R2500.00 (Participating in SLP programme providing own transport, own meals and private accommodation in Gansbaai).
SLP Option 2: R6900.00 (Including breakfast, a lunch box and supper, sharing accommodation with another SLP delegate of the same gender).
SLP Option 3: R8700.00 (Including breakfast, a lunch box and supper, accommodation in private room (not sharing).

A total of eight (8) children will be assigned to each practitioner during the SLP. Four children per day and then every alternative day for the duration of the SLP. Practitioners will have to be at the school from 07h30 until 14h30 or as arranged with the principal of the school.

Practitioners will need to be able to communicate in Afrikaans and English. Xhosa will be an advantage but not a prerequisite.

Transport will be available daily from Uylenvlei Retreat to the schools and back. Transport from the Cape Town International Airport to the Uylenvlei Retreat and back again can be arranged.

Practitioners will have supervision every alternate day and will have to claim their own CPD credits for the supervision period. Group supervision and discussion will take place during evenings at the Uylenvlei Retreat. Participants will be able to claim CPD credits for the supervision period.

Practitioners selected must report at the Uylenvlei Retreat for an SLP orientation. Transportation fees to the Uylenvlei Retreat and back is for the account of the practitioners themselves. Transport from Cape Town airport is available – please contact our office for details.

On arrival and during the orientation session practitioners will need to sign an indemnity form as well as letters of informed consent. It is recommended that practitioners take a Hepatitis B injection at their own cost due to the fact that they will be working with vulnerable and sometimes unhealthy children.

SLP Programme

This programme will be repeated for two weeks. Time frames can change according to school activities. Saturdays and Sundays are  free time except for the time indicated breakfast will always be from 7:30 to 8:30 and supper from 19:00-20:00. Please take note that there are no formal lunches. Course members need to pack themselves a lunchbox from what will be on the “lunchbox table“. Therefore, please bring along a suitable lunchbox and water bottle from your home. You also need to pack your own lunch box for the days at Uylenvlei Retreat as the kitchen will be closed after breakfast until supper.

Sunday arrivalBefore 19:00Retreat
Group orientation20:00 - 21:30Retreat
Monday: Orientation at School & client selection08:00 - 14:30School
Monday evening: After supper20:00 - 21:30Group Clarification
Tuesday: After breakfast08:30 - 13:00Retreat Group supervision
14:00 - 17:00Retreat Group supervision
Wednesday07:30 - 14:30At School
08:00 - 21:00Retreat Group supervision
Thursday08:30 - 13:00Group supervision
14:00 - 17:00Group supervision
(Last Thursday closure and handing over client)
Friday07:30 - 14:30At School
Second Friday closure

Practitioners interested in applying can email Dr Hannie Schoeman on and state their interest. There is a selection process which will be scheduled with applicants.

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