Following her training in Social Work and Psychology in South Africa, Sorika immigrated to the United Kingdom in 2001 where she further specialized in the fields of Addiction, Mental Health and Forensic Social Work. She developed a forensic dual diagnosis treatment program for the patients in a medium secure treatment unit. She created a training program for Social and Healthcare Professionals which was nominated in 2005 for the NIHME Quality awards in England. She lectured on the Mental Health Act at Essex University and in 2006 was the clinical director of a film about the effect of severe mental illness on family and carers. This DVD won the Silver Quality Trust award in 2007 as part of a training package.
Since her return to South Africa in March 2007, Sorika practiced as Assistant Director for the NG Ministry of Caring and then rendered 3 years of Medical Social Work at Life the Glynnwood hospital and Psychiatric Social Work at Life the Glynnview followed by her position as Addiction Consultant at Elim Clinic, Professional Addiction Treatment Centre. Throughout, she retained her private practice and a comprehensive CPD training programme.
Since February 2018 Sorika is heading the Psycho-Social services at Retire@Midstream and is responsible for amongst other things, Assessment, Care planning, case management, therapeutic intervention, programme development, research and psycho-education. This involves staff, residents, resident’s families and the greater Community.
Sorika is a regular guest on South African radio stations, television and is consulted by Magazines and newspapers for expert opinions.
Sectional Title and rental RV’s experience the challenge of how to manage to move the resident to another level of care when the family says no. As part of that process, how would one go about determining consent and capacity? What are the potential legal implications and the risks involved for all parties? We’ve included […]
Sorika de Swardt will explore not only the reasons behind the escalation in addiction amongst older persons, but also the difficulties they find in accessing treatment and when they do access treatment, they find it not age-appropriate or specific rendering it ineffective. The management of two different case studies and their outcomes will be used […]