Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Nina Wessels trained as a social worker at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and her first job as a qualified social worker was with The National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Rehabilitation of Offenders in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. There she became involved in researching and setting up diversionary options from the traditional sentencing options for young offenders. She completed a Masters Degree in Social Work, based on the work she was doing with youth offenders. As a result of this work, she was invited by the Legal Assistance Centre in Windhoek, Namibia to pilot a juvenile justice project there.
In 1996 she moved to England where she completed a postgraduate diploma in systemic family therapy at the Tavistock Centre. While doing a course that used psychoanalytic understanding to explore the emotional impact of teaching and learning in educational settings, she became interested in psychoanalysis. She qualified as a child psychotherapist in September 2007 and since then has been working full time as a child psychotherapist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams and in school settings. She is currently working at the Tavistock Centre as a child psychotherapist and as the Course Lead for M34 Psychological Therapies with children, young people and families.
Van der Sandt, T & Wessels, N. 1993. Youth Offender Programme. A diversionary option for youth in trouble with the law. Cape Town; NICRO Cape Town