About Us

Ashika Ratilal Pramlall : ISWC Practice Programme Director

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Ashika is a licensed social worker in private practice in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of South Africa and a Masters Degree in Child Care, Child Protection &Family Therapy from the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Ashika is a registered social worker with the South African Council for Social Services Professions and a member of the South African Association for Social Workers in Private Practice. In addition she is a registered assessor and trainer with the Health and Welfare Sector for Education, Training & Assessments, as well as a national trainer and assessor for the National Association of Child &Youth Care Workers.

Ashika’s extensive generic social work experience within the government sector has provided her with holistic knowledge and experience in both clinical and developmental social work. Her private practice work has included organisational development, academic training and development, as well as clinical work with families. Her international social work experience is based on her role as co-ordinator of the International Exchange Programme in the then School of Social Work & Community Development at the University of KwaZulu Natal from 2007 to 2010.

At present, Ashika provides support, training and development to non-governmental organisations with a focus on street children’s work. She lectures part time at the University of South Africa and University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, including Anti-oppressive Social Work Theory &Practice, a course she co-facilitates with Dorothee.

Dorothee Hölscher :  ISWC Academic Programme Advisor

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Dorothee is a registered social worker with the South African Council of Social Service Professions and currently works as a lecturer in the School of Applied Human Sciences (Social Work) at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. Having completed her social work undergraduate degree in Germany, she attained her Masters Degree in Social Sciences (Social Work) cum laude at the then University of Natal in Durban. She is currently completing her PhD in Social Work with a focus on international migration and applied ethics.

Dorothee has practiced in the fields of social work with refugees, as well as child & family welfare. She has lectured in social work at the University of the Witwatersrand and at the University of KwaZulu Natal, having taught students both at masters and undergraduate levels in varied fields, including the following: Introduction to Social Work Practice; Social Work& Human Rights; Comparative Welfare Systems; Child, Youth & Family Centred Work; Communication in Social Work; Applied Ethics in Social Work; Research Methodologies; and Anti-oppressive Theory & Practice, which she co-facilitates with Ashika.

Dorothee has published extensively on the topics of poverty, developmental social welfare, social work with refugees, and social justice.

Dorothee is a co-founder of the Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa (ASSWA); she continues to serve on the ASSWA Executive as an ex-officio member. She has represented the African region on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Schools of Social Work for several years. Finally, she designed and implemented the International Exchange Programme in the then School of Social Work & Community Development from 2005 to 2009.

Susan Offer :  ISWC Financial & IT Director

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Susan has a Diploma in Datametrics through the University of South Africa as well as a National Diploma for Executive Secretaries from the University of Technology in Durban. She has a diverse range of experience in the financial and administrative management of public benefit organisations (PBOs), small businesses and the corporate sector.

Susan worked for many years as a business analyst in the Unilever IT department where she was part of a team which oversaw the financial portion of the software on which the Unilever group functioned. Since then, she was instrumental in running two family businesses which have since been sold successfully. Susan is currently employed as the office administrator at Manning Road Methodist Church. Amongst other responsibilities, she oversees a budget exceeding R1.5 million and ensures that the IT infrastructure and online presence of the Church are current.

Susan’s qualifications and her vast experience in the corporate, small business and PBO sector stand her in good stead in her role within International Social Work Consultants (Pty) Ltd.


Practical Social Work Experience and Research Opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal