Academic Curriculum Vitae: C. Dup. Heunis
Dr Chris Heunis is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Team Building Institute (PTY) Ltd. TBI’s vision, is to develop human potential that results in optimised behaviour. The TBI methodology was born of the philosophy that aims to develop individuals and teams through a multi-disciplinary learning approach.
Physical engagement (activity) without theory is fatal, but theory without action is futile.
TBI aims to provide a balance between practical experiences and theoretical principles that underpin these experiences. This is generally known as Experiential Learning. When an element of uncertainty is added, the experience demonstrates the same characteristics associated with adventure. The element of adventure engages participants and optimizes change. The methodology employed by TBI is known as Adventure-related Experiential Learning (AEL).
Chris’s doctoral dissertation examined the role AEL plays in corporate team building. This led to the formation of the Institute, which has earned national and international recognition in the field of AEL.
TBI’s approach is to integrate inter-disciplinary concepts that are usually viewed as separate entities, namely Psychology, Organisational Development, Philosophy and Recreation.
Chris started his career as a teacher in 1985. He was appointed as Head of the First National Adventure Training Centre (CARO) in 1987. In 1990 he accepted an appointment as lecturer at the University of Pretoria.
In 1997 he co-founded the Team Building Institute.
1. 1981 BA (Phys. Ed.) (University of Pretoria)
2. 1982 Diploma in Higher Education (Teachers Training College)
3. 1987 BA Hons. Degree (University of Pretoria)
4. 1993 Masters Degree (University of Pretoria)
5. 1997 D.Phil. (University of Pretoria)
1. AEL Facilitator Training Manual
2. 21 Articles (Newsletter Publications)
3. Author: Chapter 10: Teamwork and team dynamics: in
a. Du Plessis, Y. 2014. Project Management A Behavioural Perspective Principles. Practices and Cases. Pearson Holdings, Cape Town.