Mr. Nyiko Mabunda

Mr. Nyiko Mabunda
BA Social Work
Nyavani EAP and Wellness Consultants
Presentation Title
Multi Disciplinary Treatment(MDT) model in dealing with mental health conditions
Content Focus Area
Industry Level
Innovation In EA Program Design
Biographical information related to the topic
Mr Nyiko Leonard Mabunda is a Social worker by profession and he graduating from the UP some years back, he has vast experience in the field of Employee Wellness through his previous employment in government working for the SAPS(North West) as a Senior Occupational Social Worker , National Department of Public Works as an Assistant Director and the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, prior to him venturing into the field of Employee wellness he worked as a Social Worker at the Limpopo Department of Social Development doing generic work. He has been a member of various forums during his stay in government in both HIV and AIDs and the EHWP space making inputs on programmes and policies. He is currently in Private practice with successful practices at both Louis Pastuer and Netcare Jakaranda hospital in Pretoria since 2014 though he registered his practice in 2009. He also runs a consultancy dealing with employee wellness where his company contracts with various institutions to render wellness related programmes. Mr mabunda has done a lot of work on radio(MLFM, Power Fm, Giyani Community Radio, Hlanganani FM, Malamulele FM and Greater Tzaneen FM) focussing on social issues and he has also been a expert on various TV programmes at both SABC 2 (Vusaseki)and ANN7(16 DOA).
In his practice he works in the mental health space with a team of health professionals as illustrated further in this document. Working with the team has opened his eyes in so many ways especially as a social worker having to stamp his authority and learning to work with other professionals for the common goal of helping the clients(this motivated this abstract).
Background of the proposed programme
The EHWP space is a very critical one in both the productivity of institutions and offcourse the wellbeing of the most important tool in any institution which comes in the form of the employees and their immediate families. According to the DPSA EHWP strategic framework in order for the programme to be successful it should have various pillars which will ensure that a holistic approach is used to help deal with issues pertaining to the wellness on both proactive and reactive level. In order for the above to be achieved a team of professionals needs to be put in place. This emphasis encourages teamwork and co-ordination of different duties done by members from different disciplines who are all aiming at helping the whole workforce to become functional.
Worldwide trends are changing on regular basis within the EHWP space and that on its own requires that new approaches are put in place to help come up with new responses to challenges in the workplace. Gone are the days when EHWP was perceived to be a soft skills for just a few professionals e.g someone with a background in Social work or Psychology. The comprehensive MDT model emphasizes on the holistic wellbeing whereby an individual client is treated and supported using a more broader and holistic view looking at emotional, spiritual, mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing whereby a team approach should be put in place.A model structure of a comprehensive MDT treatment model
The above chart gives an illustration of the core of team members who form part of a comprehensive Employee health and Wellness programme. Each team member plays an equally crucial role in helping employees and their immediate family members as per scope of EHWP and the model is designed in a way that ensures that there’s no duplication of services and that the members complement each other to ensure that the client draws maximum benefits from the intervention. It must be noted that there is a misconception in the society by both professionals and the general public about the functions and roles of Social workers and Psychologists in helping clients. This structure is aimed at dispelling some of those misconceptions and myths to ensure that services rendered to clients are not compromised. The myth is that the two mentioned fields offer the same service and that has been proven to be incorrect i.e the role of the Psychologist is more on the emotional state of a client while the role of the Social worker focusses more on the support systems of that particular client (bearing in mind that each client under distress belongs to various systems and the Social Worker should ensure that there is smooth adjustment by the client and those systems visa versa, so the system needs to be kept abreast and be educated about the condition of the said client and ensure that the client receives maximum support as they recover from illnesses.

Roles and functions of different role players/professionals
Diagnoses, prescriptions and regular assessment of patients. Regular engagements with the whole team and discussing of cases needing more attention.
Occupational therapist
Group activities and individual therapy including liaison with employers regarding adjustment of workload, discussion of possible transfers, liaison with schools regarding client’s readiness for school and the re-integration.

Session Description
The use of a more holistic approach in treating patients or clients with mental health related illnesses using a multi disciplinary team approach to ensure that clients draw maximum benefits of the treatment.
Learning Objective 1
To share best practice model
Learning Objective 2
To conscintise professsionals about the available resources to ensure maximum output
Learning Objective 3
To encourage teamwork anognst teh cvarious profesionals
Audience Level