Social worker Hylton Marks

I’m trained and experienced in trauma debriefing, bereavement counselling, end of life counselling, and family counselling.

About Me

Social Worker
BA Soc. Sc. (SW) (UNISA)

Johannesburg social worker Hylton Marks works with the elderly and their families in the community, at retirement villages and is the social worker with the Memory Care group practice at Akeso Clinics in Parktown and Alberton.

My interest in helping others started formalising during the 1990’s when, I completed a course to become a Life Line counsellor. Following that I completed a 1 year diploma course in Marriage and Family Counselling at the then University of Port Elizabeth. After that I enrolled at UNISA and qualified as a social worker a few years later. While a student I continued as a volunteer counsellor at Life Line, FAMSA, a home for the elderly and a place of safety for children.

After 5 years as manager of a home for the elderly I decided to practice as a community social worker. Most of my work as a community social worker was with the elderly and their families. I spent 5 years as a community social worker and in 2015 started working independently in private practice.

Currently most of my work is still with the elderly and their families – helping them cope with the changes that accompany the aging process. Significant changes such as debilitating frailty or events such as serious falls or being diagnosed with dementia usually leave families and the older person overwhelmed and unsure of where to find assistance in dealing with such crises. I am able to provide supportive counsellingassistance with finding suitable placement when that is necessary, referrals to appropriate service providers as well as practical guidance.

In addition to working with the elderly and their families in the community I work at retirement villages and am the social worker for the Memory Care group practice at Life New Kensington Hospital where most of the work I do is with older persons and their families. Our Memory Care group practice includes 3 psychiatrists – one of whom is a psycho-geriatrician – psychologists, occupational- and physiotherapists, dietician and highly trained nursing staff.

I’ve had extensive training and experience in facilitating support groups of diverse types. I’m trained and experienced in trauma debriefingbereavement counsellingend of life counsellingfamily and marital counselling.

Because older persons and families are best assessed in their own environments, I usually visit clients in their own homes. If necessary I will arrange to meet clients after normal working hours.

I am registered with both the SACSSP – the body regulating the social work profession – and the Board of Healthcare Funders. Most medical aids make provision for social work services as part of the benefits for their members. Because I am registered with these bodies claims for my services may be submitted to your medical aid.

Peace of Mind

Therapy Services

The aim of social work for the elderly (and their families) is to help elderly individuals adjust to and cope with specific problems they may experience in their everyday life.

Support for the Elderly

and their Families

Supportive Counselling‘ is a therapeutic approach aimed at facilitating optimal adjustment, in particular to situations of ongoing stress such as chronic physical illness.

Supportive Counselling

Bereavement and grief encompass a range of emotions ranging from sadness to feelings of guilt and anger. Counselling helps the individual process their these emotions.

Bereavement Counselling

Trauma Debriefing is designed to assist in dealing with the physical or psychological symptoms that are generally associated with trauma exposure.

Trauma Debriefing

End of life counseling is an opportunity to learn about your health and treatment options in terminal situations, and to plan for the inevitable. Helping you make hard decisions and giving you peace of mind.

End of Life Counselling

The aim of Family Counselling is to encourage and facilitate healthy relationships by offering support to individuals and families who are struggling to cope with life’s challenges.

Family Counselling

Referral and Practical Guidance Counseling is to help those who are terminally ill decide on palliative care solutions for pain, symptoms and the stress of serious illness.

Referral and Practical Guidance