Adrian van Breda trained as a clinical social worker at UCT and did
his doctorate at RAU in multicultural scale development. His research focus is
resilience theory – how people, particularly individuals, families and
organisations, bounce back from adversity, or even thrive in the face
of adversity. Initially he studied the resilience of families having
to deal with the repeated disruptions of family members travelling for work. He
is currently doing much of his research with Girls and Boys Town, looking at
the processes that youth follow as they transition out of the care of the child
welfare system and journey towards independent living. He has recently
replicated this study in a study of four African countries, including Ghana,
Uganda and Zimbabwe, as well as South Africa. He is currently conducting a
study on the relationships between vulnerability, resilience and academic
progress of primary school children in a vulnerable community.
introduction to social work and casework at undergraduate levels, and psychotherapy
and clinical practice at postgraduate levels. He is the coordinator of the
Masters in Clinical Social Work. He also supervises postgraduate students
within his primary research areas, viz. resilience, youth transitions and
care-leaving. He is the Head of Department from 2020 to 2022.
Adrian is the editor
of the Southern African Journal of
Social Work and Social Development. He serves on the
Board of the Centre for Social Development in Africa at UJ and the Centre for the Study of
Resilience at the University of Pretoria. He is
Vice President of Resilio (The International
Association for the Promotion and Dissemination of the Research on Resilience),
the founding member and co-Director of the Africa Care-leaving Research
Network, an Executive Committee member of the International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care, a member of the Professional Board for Social Work, and a member of the
Ecometrics Panel and the Clinical Social Work Specialisation Panel of the SA
Council for Social Service Professions.
Adrian was the
recipient of a three-year NRF grant (2015-2017) towards his research on Youth
Transitions out of Care towards Independent Living. He is a C2 NRF rated researcher
(2017-2022). Adrian has a Google Scholar h-index of 17 and a Scopus h-index
of 9. He has published 61 accredited research outputs, half of which in the
past five years, and presented 56 conference papers, including 10 invited or
keynote papers. He has supervised 19 MAs and 4 PhDs to completion.
Download his CV here.
care-leaving; youth transitions
(Clinical Social Work) UCT
D Lit et Phil RAU
J., & Van Breda, A. D. (2020). Female care-leavers’ journey to young
adulthood from residential care in South Africa: Gender-specific psychosocial
processes of resilience. Child & Family Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12776
Breda, A. D., & Addinall, R. M. (2020). State of clinical social work in
South Africa. Clinical Social Work Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-020-00761-0
Breda, A. D. (2020). Patterns of criminal activity among residential
care-leavers in South Africa. Children and Youth Services Review, 109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104706
Y. J., & Van Breda, A. D. (2020). The role of social workers in and after
political conflict in South Africa: Reflections across the fence. In J. Duffy,
J. Campbell & C. Tosone (Eds.), International perspectives on
social work and political conflict (pp. 128-141).
Breda, A. D. (2020). Resilience and culture in South Africa: The case of
‘acceptance’. In U. Straub, G. Rott & R. Lutz (Eds.), Knowledge and social work: Volume
VIII: Social work of the South (pp. 327-344). Paulo
Breda, A. D., & Pinkerton, J. (2020). Raising African voices in the global
dialogue on care-leaving and emerging adulthood. Emerging Adulthood, 8(1),
M., Van Breda, A. D., & Kessi, S. (2020). Experiences of young people preparing
to transition out of cluster foster care in South Africa. Child and Adolescent
Social Work Journal. https://rdcu.be/b6Xrg
P., & Van Breda, A. D. (accepted). School dropout among female learners in
rural Mpumalanga, South Africa. South African Journal of Education.
Breda, A. D. (2019). Developing the concept of ubuntu as African theory for
social work practice. Social Work / Maatskaplike Werk, 55(4), 439-450. https://doi.org/10.15270/55-4-762
Breda, A. D., & Hlungwani, J. (2019). Journey towards independent living:
Resilience processes of women leaving residential care in South Africa. Journal
of Youth Studies, 22(5), 604-622. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2018.1523541
Breda, A. D. (2019). Reclaiming resilience for social work: A reply to Garrett.
British Journal of Social Work, 49(1), 272-276. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcy010
J., & Van Breda, A. D. (2019). Policy as social ecological resilience
scaffolding for leaving care: A case study of South Africa. In V. R. Mann-Feder
& M. Goyette (Eds.), Leaving care and the transition
to adulthood (pp. 87-104). Oxford, UK: Oxford
der Spuy, C., & Van Breda, A. D. (2019). An exploratory study on the use of
Eye Movement Integration therapy for treating trauma in early childhood in
South Africa. Child Care in Practice 25(2), 157-174. https://doi.org/10.1080/13575279.2018.1441126
Breda, A. D., & Sekudu, J. (Eds.). (2019). Theories for decolonial social
work practice in South Africa. Cape Town, RSA:
Oxford University Press.
Breda, A. D. (2019). Introduction to social work theory. In A. D. Van Breda
& J. Sekudu (Eds.), Theories for decolonial social work practice in South
Africa (pp. 1-19). Cape Town, RSA: Oxford University Press.
Breda, A. D. (2019). Resilience. In A. D. Van Breda & J. Sekudu (Eds.),
Theories for decolonial social work practice in South Africa (pp. 120-139).
Cape Town, RSA: Oxford University Press.
Breda, A. D. (2019). Strength-based. In A. D. Van Breda & J. Sekudu (Eds.),
Theories for decolonial social work practice in South Africa (pp. 243-261).
Cape Town, RSA: Oxford University Press.
am committed to providing social work education that is of the highest quality,
that is relevant and useful, and that advances African and local ways of
thinking, being and doing. I was a practitioner long before I was an academic,
and my feet remain rooted in the field. I am demanding and not easily
satisfied, but I am also supportive and invested in your development. If you
are interested in growing as a social worker, whether at undergraduate or
postgraduate levels, we'll get along well! I hope that you leave any encounter
with me feeling that you have been attended to and stretched.