Marelize qualified as a social worker at the University of the North West in South Africa in 1997, where she completed her Masters in Social Work and Addiction Studies. She is currently working as a Principal lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, in the Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies subject group. She has experience of being a course leader for the Masters in Social Work, a postgraduate qualifying course and BSC Nursing (learning disability) and Social Work degree.
She has experiences of teaching Interprofessional education provision of the College, and has an interest in Dual Diagnosis, Substance Misuse and Mental Health. She has undertaken research into the effectiveness of aftercare services for service user's experiencing substance misuse problems as well as consultancy work alongside the Nursing Subject Group on Addition Studies for the local NHS Primary Care Trust.
Marelize completed her Master's in Public Sector Management at Westminster University in 2010 with the focus on change management and transition. Other activities include writing a chapter for Learning Matters alongside colleagues on Introducing International Social Work. Marelize also presented at the JSWEC Conference in July 2015 on her Professional Doctorate Research focusing on social work students perceptions of their readiness for practice. Experience of external examiner duties and peer reviewer for a substance misuse text in 2014-2016. Marelize also submitted abstracts to the International Social Work Practice education conference in South Africa and Social Work Practice Education conference in Belfast in 2016 and 2017. Recent publications within social work practice learning and social work education during 2020 and 2021. Marelize is also a member of BASW Specialist interest group for substance misuse and alcohol. She is a school governor and a trustee with a local substance misuse service.
Specialist areas of interest
Marelize is interested in student resilience, organisational management, culture and change as well as student engagement, self-efficacy, dual diagnosis, parental substance misuse, alcohol and mental health and domestic violence. She is also interested in social work professional processes of APIR, interprofessional working and professional identity. In relation to research paradigms Marelize has a keen interest in Mixed Methodology and Realism, Pragmatism in social work.