Dr Varoshini Nadesan is a Lecturer at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the Department of Social Work at the University of Johannesburg since 2012. She started her career as a social worker in 1987 at the Department of Social Development, where she rose to the ranks of Senior and Chief Social Worker. In 2006 she joined the South African Council for Social Service Professions as National Manager responsible for the Professional Conduct of all social workers, social auxiliary workers and student social workers in SA. She served as Treasurer of the Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions (ASASWEI) from 2015-2019; was a Ministerial appointment to the Disaster Relief Fund Board (2016-2018) and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development: West Rand (2017-2018); Appointed as Class A Trustee (Non-alcoholic Board Member) and World Service Delegate at Alcoholics Anonymous South Africa (2012- ). She is the current President of ASASWEI (2019-).
BA (Social Work), University of Durban Westville; Masters in Child and Youth Care, University of South Africa; D Litt et Phil, University of Johannesburg; Postgraduate Diploma in Supervision (Rhodes University); Assessor (Africa Competency).
Key research interests:
- Social work education
- Field instruction
- Alcoholism and substance dependency
ASASWEI STRATEGIC VISION:
To be the leading association in the promotion of social work education, training, research and practice in South Africa in collaboration with the international community in pursuit of enhanced psychosocial functioning of individuals, families, groups, and the development of organisations and communities, and of human rights, social justice and equality of all the people of South Africa.
Mission: To maintain and support a community of social work educators who are committed to the continuing development of social work education, training, research and practice in South Africa.
In pursuing its mission and vision the Association aims to:
- Facilitate collaboration and exchange of information on social work education, training, research and practice amongst members with relevant networks (governmental and non-governmental) on national, regional and international levels.
- Develop strategies that enhance the recognition of social work as a profession.
- Promote recognition of the contribution of social work to social and economic development and to the transformation of South African society.
- Support the development of appropriate and locally specific research, theory and practice.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of social welfare and education policies in the South African context.
- Promote and facilitate teaching and learning, quality assurance, curriculum development, research capacity building, and community development in social work.
My Strategic Vision: To support and strengthen the Association (ASASWEI) in the promotion of social work education, training, research and practice in South Africa in collaboration with the international community.