ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
- Are co-founders and directors of i2we (therapy and training centre), as well as BullyBusters (an anti-bullying therapeutic group programme for children and adolescents).
- Both presenters are presenting the BullyBusters Group Programme at the 2018 World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress in Cape Town.
- Both presenters are members of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP).
- Both presenters are presenting the BullyBusters Group Programme at the IAGP World Conference in Malmo Sweden in August 2018.
B. Occupational Therapy (UFS) 2000 – (Cum Laude)
Post Graduate Diploma: Play Therapy (UFS) 2002 (Cum Laude)
Marelé has been practicing as occupational therapist for the past 18 years. After graduating as an Occupational Therapist in 2000, she became increasingly aware of children’s need for emotional support in her clinical work. Since play is a child’s natural form of communication and learning, she undertook further studies in play therapy and received her post graduate diploma in play therapy, with honours, in 2002. She has been an advocate for the use of play as a means towards emotional and mental well being, in occupational therapy, ever since.
She has worked for the Departments of Health and Education, as well as in private practice. Her work experience also includes lecturing at the Department of Occupational Therapy (UFS), specifically on the use of play as a means towards emotional well-being, in occupational therapy. During the 2011-2015 she was actively involved in providing occupational therapy group services in a private psychiatric clinic, where she facilitated adult, adolescent and children’s groups. At the age of 40, her inner child is still very much alive and playing! She is in her element when on the floor with a child, engaging in meaningful play.
B.Soc.Sc Nursing (UFS) 2004
M.Soc.Sc Child Psychiatry (UFS) 2008 (Cum Laude)
Natasja is a Clinical Specialist in Child Psychiatry and her extensive experience in private, public and educational sectors has given her a firm foundation in Psychiatry. She was bound to the School of Nursing at the University of the Free State from 2015-2017, as a clinical facilitator for Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry. Natasja has 9 years of experience at a private Psychiatric Clinic whereof 6 years thereof was in a child and adolescent unit. She has also been involved in facilitating anti-bullying groups with adolescents in a private psychiatric in-patient unit.
Furthermore Natasja has equipped herself with numerous short courses at various training centres, such as advanced Play Therapy at the Red Shoe training centre. Natasja has a passion for children and adolescents and her greatest desire is for personal wholeness, living life in abundance and all to be equipped to face life’s challenges.