From an initial consultation request in 2000 for psychological services at the Don & Pat Bilton Primary Health Clinic, this engagement with the Jamestown community has evolved into a sustained community engagement initiative. Using community based participatory methodologies, staff and students of the Psychology Department have worked with stakeholders at the primary and high schools, primary health clinic and community volunteers to implement a range of interventions and services. These initiatives have coalesced into the establishment of the Usiko Stellenbosch NPO dedicated to youth development which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021.
The project has also produced several honours, masters and doctoral studies and publications:
The Usiko Stellenbosch project has produced several honours, masters and doctoral studies and publications (Arranged chronologically as the project evolved):
Naidoo, A.V. (2000). Community psychology: Constructing community, reconstructing psychology in South Africa. Published Inaugural Lecture. Stellenbosch University: Stellenbosch University Press.
Naidoo, A.V., Shabalala, N.J., & Bawa, U. (2003). Community Psychology. In L. Nicholas (ed.), Introduction to psychology, 423-456. Cape Town: UCT Press.
Naidoo, A.V., & Van Wyk, S.B. (2003). Intervening in communities: Combining curative and preventive interventions. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 25(1), 65-80.
Van Wyk, S.B., & Naidoo, A.V. (2006). Broadening Mental Health Services to Disadvantaged Communities in South Africa. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 2, 273-282.
Marais, S., Naidoo, A., Donson, H., & Nortje, C. (2007). Strategic violence prevention partnerships in a peri-urban South African town: The case of the Jamestown community project. African Safety Promotion Journal, 5(1), 19-30.
Naidoo, A.V., Van Wyk, S.B., & Carolissen, C. (2011). Community mental health. In L. Swartz, C. de la Rey, N. Duncan & L. Townsend (eds.), Psychology: an introduction (3rd edition) (pp. 498-514). Cape Town: Oxford University Press.
Pieterse, A. L., Howitt, D., & Naidoo, A. V. (2011). Racial oppression, colonization, and identity: towards an empowerment model for people of African heritage. In E. Mpofu (Ed.), Counselling people of African Ancestry (pp. 93-109). Cambridge University Press.
Carolissen, R., van Wyk, S., & Pick-Cornelius, M. (2012). ‘I want my family to be white’: Coloured adolescent schoolgirls’ articulations of identity in a South African peri-urban community. Southern African Review of Education, 18(1), 39-55.
Smith, M.R., Van Wyk, S.B., & Alakana, L. (2013). Adolescent girls’ experience of termination in a community-based intervention. Social Work Practitioner Researcher, 25(2), 120-135.
Rossouw, E., & Pinnock, D. (eds.). (2014). Working with adolescents using wilderness, ritual and mentorship. Usiko Trust.
Lazarus, S., Seedat, M., & Naidoo, T. (2017). Community building: Challenges of constructing community. In M. Bond, I. Serrano-García, & C. B. Keys (Eds.-in-Chief), M. Shinn (Assoc. Ed.), APA handbook of community psychology: Vol. 2. Methods for community research and action for diverse groups and issues (pp. 215–234). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Lazarus, S., Taliep, N., & Naidoo, A.V. (2017). Community Asset Mapping as a Critical Participatory Research Method. In M. Seedat, S. Suffla S. & D. Christie (eds.), Emancipatory and Participatory Methodologies in Peace, Critical, and Community Psychology (pp. 45-59). Cham, Switzerland: Peace Psychology Book Series, Springer.
Naidoo, A.V., Zygmont, C., & Phillips, S. (2017). Harnessing the power of ecopsychology in community work. In M. Seedat, S. Suffla, & D. Christie (eds.), Emancipatory and Participatory Methodologies in Peace, Critical, and Community Psychology (pp. 77-89). Peace Psychology Book Series. Springer, Cham.
Masters and Doctoral Theses linked to the Usiko Stellenbosch Youth project (Arranged chronologically)
Van Wyk, S. (2002). Locating a counselling psychology internship in a community setting (Masters thesis). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.
Knoetse, K. (2003). Crossing the threshold: An evaluation of a rites of passage programme in a rural community in South Africa (Masters thesis). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.
Alkana, L. (2006). Experiences of graduation or termination from a girls youth community project (Masters thesis). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.
Dreyer, L (2006). Narratiewe groepterapie met adolessente: Die ontwikkeling van ‘n voorkomingsmodel (Doctoral dissertation). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.
Fabriek, C. (2007). Reviving a forgotten custom: An evaluation of a community based mentoring intervention-The Jamestown Usiko Youth Project (Masters thesis). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.
Botha, M. (2007). Harnessing wilderness in the rehabilitation of adolescent offenders in a diversion programme (Masters thesis). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.
Simmons, C. (2008). Fatal Injuries and Suicide Mortalities among children and adolescents in the Stellenbosch district (Masters thesis). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.
Demas, G. (2010). Exploring children’s perceptions of the causes and effects of physical violence between children (Masters thesis). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.
Anthonissen, L. (2011). Exploring the influence of gender on how female facilitators of a wilderness programme view “wilderness” (Masters thesis). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.
Williams, L. (2017). Psychosocial influences related to community engagement: A multilevel perspective (Masters thesis). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.
Pohl, S. (2019). Exploring the experiences of programme graduates of a preventative intervention pilot for girls at risk to gang activity (Masters thesis). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.
Konings, K. (2020). A Mixed-Methods Study Evaluating the Outcomes of a Short Wilderness Experiential Programme as Part of a Youth Development Initiative in the Western Cape, South Africa (Honours research paper). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.
Kotze, S. (2020). Delineating “At-Risk”- An Exploration of Self-reported and Observed Risk Factors Pre-empting Gang-involvement Amongst Western Cape Females (Masters thesis). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
Muller, I. (2021). Recruitment and Initiation of Girls into Gangs in the Western Cape (Masters thesis). Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch