UNISA Short Course in Care for the Caregiver

UNISA Short Course in Care for the Caregiver

University of South Africa Short Course in Care for the Caregiver

Short Course in Care for the Caregiver (75779)



To focus care-givers on their own self-caring behaviors to empower themselves as care-givers and to protect themselves from hazards in their work (i.e. burnout)

Target group

The course is open to any interested layperson, student and professional seeking to enhance his or her personal vitality and well-being, as well as the quality of care he or she provides to others, regardless of whether in a volunteer or professional capacity

Admission requirements

Participants should be proficient in the following: the ability to learn from predominantly written material; the ability to present and communicate information and opinions in well structured arguments without support; taking responsibility for their own progress; a willingness to take part in experiential learning of a professional nature


Six months

Language medium


Registration periods

Every semester

Tuition method

UNISA open distance learning combined with, a self-care journal of practical tasks and assignments, plus a compulsory portfolio

Kind of assessment

Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment:
Portfolio counting 50% submitted for the examination at the
Summative assessment:
The portfolio will cover the key focus areas of the syllabus

Distance Learning Towards Self-Care for Care-Givers (CFTC01S)
Syllabus/Content Topics

Section A: The Philosophy of Self-Care

  • Why Self-Care?
  • Perspectives on Self-Care
  • Self-Reflection
  • Motivations and Obstacles

Section B: Self-Care Dynamics

  • Nourishing the Physical Self
  • Integrating the Thinking Self
  • Nurturing the Emotional Self
  • Protecting the Professional Self
  • Sustaining the Spiritual Self


Course leader

Prof J A Nel
UNISA Centre for Applied Psychology
Office 5-154, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA

Programme administrator(s)

Ms T Mapokgole
UNISA Centre for Applied Psychology
Office 5-152, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA
Tel: 012 429 8544 / 3951
Fax: 012 429 5368 / 086 554 5909
E-mail: ucap@unisa.ac.za