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Marelize Joubert

Marelize Joubert Senior Lecturer, Social Work

Senior Lecturer in Social Work


Qualified and HCPC registered Social Worker with Child Protection experience in Frontline Practice, Quality assurance and children safeguarding, Substance misuse and Mental Health, Senior Management, multi-agency protocols, Training, and Strategic and Business development within young people and adult substance/alcohol services within in NHS and social services setting since 1999 until joining Sheffield Hallam in 2007.

  • About

    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 Senior 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.

    She teaches on the Interprofessional strand 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.

    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.

  • Teaching

    Department of Social Work and Social Care and Community Studies

    Health And Wellbeing

    Subject area

    Social Work


    BA, MSW, BSc Nursing (Learning Disability) Social Work Professional doctorate


    Readiness for social work practice
    Interprofessional education
    Substance misuse
    Research methods for Social Work
    Leadership and management
    Parental Mental Health
    Court room skills
    Children and Families social work

  • Research

    Research into the stigma interprofessional early career professional face when working with people with substance misuse problems.

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    External examiner

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