Dr. Barbara Louw

Name
Dr. Barbara Louw
Degree
PhD Counselling; PhD Wellness & Folk Medicine
Company
Inter Trauma Nexus
Presentation Title
Culturally sensitive and wholistic EAP approaches
Content Focus Area
Organisational Level
Diversity
Biographical information related to the topic
As a certified CPD facilitator and Dr Barbara ensures the improvement of industry wide standards and skills through extensive CPD workshops. As a faculty member of Liedani cc as DaVinci Institute research associate, Dr Barbara is involved with the development of new qualifications.
In her capacity as trauma relief facilitator and strategic advisor to the NAA-SA (National Accommodation Association – South Africa) Dr Barbara continues to assist community members and tourists who are affected by crime and trauma in South Africa. Dr Barbara also invests a portion of her time pro-bono in several local church and community projects.
Dr Barbara has been a training evaluation advisor for several corporate clients in the field of emergency response, including Trigger SA. Other long-term corporate clients include the Foschini Group, Railway Furnishers, and Brenner Mills. Her business services and training company, Aquilla Advisors cc, has been a member of the CCBC (Capital City Business Chamber) for over ten years.
Through her private practice, Aquilla Wellness Solutions, Dr Barbara developed Kailo Soothing Oils and Kailo Movement Programme to assist people to reduce sensory trauma in their bodies. Dr Barbara and her team of experts continue to develop and improve on these programmes to better assist the needs of her clients. In the process of completing her postgraduate studies, Dr Barbara developed numerous therapeutic tools with the aim of assisting therapists and counsellors, as well as other professional people in the helping professions, to guide their clients to identify their emotions. These therapeutic tools also assist people to grow towards enhanced wellness. Dr Barbara authored several books with a similar aim. The latest publication by Dr Barbara is entitled “Roots and All – dealing with posttraumatic embitterment’.
Abstract
Workplaces in Africa are unique and face distinctive challenges. An efficient EAP approach need to be culturally sensitive and acknowledge cultural diversity. A wholistic EAP approach recognises the importance of utilizing culture in a meaningful therapeutic method. The culturally diverse communities that we are working in does not lend itself to a one-size fits all EAP approach. Westernized EAP approaches presents the challenge of inadvertently ignoring basic human needs, interactions and the acknowledgement of their unique narrative. Each individual that we work with in an EAP and broader context is influenced by their narrative and this narrative and world view directly impacts the outcome of an EAP intervention.
This practical session will explore the Wholistic Wellness Model developed as part of my PhD research to address wellness and enhance the wholistic wellbeing of individuals on ten levels. The ten levels explored in this Wholistic Wellness Model are lifestyle; physical wellness; cognitive wellness; emotional health; social interaction; relational intimacy; life goals; financial aptitude; work and service as well as religious practices. This model is based on a synergetic systems approach which implies that the different elements adds up to a more dynamic effect that would occur when simply dealing with each element on a separate level.
EAP professionals are in a unique position to apply a model such as the Wholistic Wellness Model in their daily activities and interventions in a manner that is culturally sensitive while still contributing to the wellbeing of the employees that they facilitate interventions with. To this end, both employees and EAP professionals will benefit from this professional relationship that is rooted in mutual respect and a pursuit of understanding and growth. If employees are able to operate in an enhanced manner where mutual respect and understanding underpins team interactions the end result will be advantageous for the continued success and improved bottom line of the organizations that EAP professionals are working in.
Session Description
Workplaces in Africa are unique and face distinctive challenges. An efficient EAP approach need to be culturally sensitive and acknowledge cultural diversity. A wholistic EAP approach recognises the importance of utilizing culture in a meaningful therapeutic method. The culturally diverse communities that we are working in does not lend itself to a one-size fits all EAP approach. This practical session will explore the Wholistic Wellness Model developed as part of my PhD research to address wellness and enhance the wholistic wellbeing of individuals on ten levels and equip EAP professionals to apply the model in their daily activities.
Learning Objective 1
Delegates attending this session will learn how to apply the Wholistic Wellness Model in their workplace in order to enhance the wellbeing of employees.
Learning Objective 2
Delegates will learn how to create a platform facilitate culturally sensitive EAP practices in the workplace.
Audience Level
Advanced