In this second edition of Life skills and assets, the authors explore practices of proven worth and challenging contexts for interventions.
On the theoretical side, the book examines how life skills and assets are widely used in current discourses in psychology and education. Links with positive psychology, resiliency theory, inclusive education policies and practices, and indigenous knowledge systems, are explored.
On a practical level, the book illustrates the application of the life skills programme in group interventions with diverse participants. It also presents examples of the asset-based approach in research and practice.
Contextually, the challenges of identifying, accessing and mobilising strengths and assets in a milieu characterised by vulnerable children, HIV & Aids, poverty, unemployment and illiteracy are described.
Liesel Ebersöhn is Research Coordinator of HIV & Aids in the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria. She is a registered psychologist, supervises master?s and doctoral students and teaches postgraduate students in the Department of Educational Psychology. She has received multiple research awards and has been involved in various research projects, funded by, among others, Unicef, the ABSA Foundation and the ETDP SETA. She was a visiting associate professor and research fellow in the Department of Psychology and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Aids at Yale University. Dr Ebersöhn frequently presents papers at conferences and has published numerous articles, mainly focusing on life skills, psychosocial issues and HIV & Aids, student selection and the asset-based approach. She is the co-editor of a life-skills book with a career facilitation focus, as well as of an introductory text in educational psychology.
Irma Eloff is an associate professor in and also Head of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria. She has won numerous awards for her research in educational psychology and her work is regularly published in international and accredited journals. She was a visiting associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University in 2001 and 2002. During her academic career she has supervised more than 30 master’s and doctoral students to completion.