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Bringing About Healing Programme

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In partnership with the National Lottery Commission of South Africa, FAMSA Western Cape invites you to Bring About Healing in a Traumatized Society.

We invite Social Auxiliary Workers, Community Workers and Lay Counsellors working within Non-Profit Organisations to apply for this training program focused on empowering them to work with Gender Based Violence and Trauma in our communities.


Training in Basic Counselling Skills and Bringing About Healing in the Traumatized Society will be offered during the months of August and September 2023 to 50 individuals working in communities affected by Gender Based Violence to the benefit of those at risk.


Due to the need within our communities and the increase in Gender Based Violence in our most vulnerable communities FAMSA Western Cape partnered with the National Lottery Commission (NLC) to offer an opportunity for organisations to empower their teams to offer support for those affected by Gender Based Violence and Trauma.

We have reached the available number of registrations.

Unfortunately we have reached the limit for registrations.  We will open up registrations again should we have cancellations.

What the programme offers:

Course 1:  Basic Counselling Skills 1

This Basic Counselling skills 1 course is the first of a two-part module that is based on the Egan Model of counselling for use by professionals, lay counsellors and those interested in learning more about counselling.

The course stimulates growth in knowledge, self-awareness and skills development. It aims to enhance participants’ ability to accurately empathize with their clients, developing and applying listening and communication skills, attending skills, active listening, body language and verbal skills such as paraphrasing, reflection, using questions appropriately and summarizing.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this training it is expected that trainees will be able to:

  • Describe the role of self-awareness in the counselling process

  • Explain the basics of systems theory

  • Explain the Egan Model of counselling

  • Demonstrate attending skills

  • Demonstrate active listening skills

  • Demonstrate appropriate responding skills

  • Demonstrate an expanded emotional vocabulary

  • Define and demonstrate basic empathy

Demonstrate through role play the first two stages of the Egan Model

Course 2:  Bringing About Healing in a Traumatized Society (BAH):

It has been argued that the legacy of apartheid has bequeathed to South Africa a "culture of violence". This is rooted in the notion that violence in South Africa has become normative rather than deviant and it has come to be regarded as an appropriate means of resolving social, political and domestic conflict. This is quite easily visible across the entire spectrum, where violence has been sanctioned as a means both of maintaining power, as well as an accepted means of attaining change or resolving conflict. Faced with the universal reality of unexpected life events, e.g. accidents, devastating natural disasters and retrenchments, loss is an aspect of our lives which all of us have to confront at some stage. It is an area that many people avoid looking at and professionals avoid working with.


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this training the participants should be able to:

·        Recognize the need for healing in the South African context

·        Know the interconnectedness of trauma, loss and violence

·        Demonstrate a deeper insight in to the dynamics of trauma, loss and abusive relationships

·        Describe the difference between trauma debriefing and trauma support

·        Explain a normal response verses a pathological response to trauma and loss

·        Define the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

·        Recognize the cycle of violence in the South African context

·        Describe what lies behind violent behaviour

·        Identify why women stay in violent relationships

·        Develop a safety plan for individuals at risk

·        Have a deeper understanding of their personal relationship with loss and grief

·        Describe approaches to loss and bereavement

·        Identify risk factors in clients that may be a risk to themselves or others

·        Identify resources and ongoing client management

By completing this programme participants should be able to:

  • Listen to individuals in an empathic manner

  • Provide basic support

  • Identify the signs of Gender Based Violence and Trauma

  • Provide containment to the individual

  • Refer appropriately to relevant resources

About Us:

FAMSA Western Cape is a Non-Profit Organisation focussed on relationship counselling.  Through our training department (FAMtrac) we offer specialised training in counselling and relationship counselling as well as those factors impacting healthy relationships such as trauma. 

About the Programme:

Cost of the program:     

This program (Basic Counselling Skills 1 and Bringing About Healing in a Traumatized Society) is funded by the NLC and will be free to attend to 50 individuals.



Basic Counselling Skills 1 will run during the month of August 2023 for multiple groups.  Successful applicants will be contacted and informed about dates.


BAH will run during the month of September 2023 for multiple groups.  Successful applicants will be contacted and informed about dates.


Duration of courses:      

Both courses are 3-days each.  Participants therefore need to be available for three days in August and three days in September to complete the program.


Do I need to attend both courses?:         

Yes, the same individuals will be trained in both Basic Counselling Skills 1 and BAH.  You will need to be able to complete both courses.



This program will be offered at the FAMtrac Training Venue in Observatory Cape Town.  Participants need to be able to attend all 6-days in person.


Minimum Requirements to attend the program:             

  • Applicants should emotionally mature

  • Above the age of 21

  • Involved in a Non-Profit Organisation working communities affected by Gender Based Violence

  • Able to read, write and receive training in English

  • Be available to attend 3-days in August and 3-days in September.

  • Be passionate about helping other and making a difference

  • This program is aimed at those directly working in communities affected by Gender Based Violence.

IMPORTANT:  You will have to attend all six days to successfully complete this programme.

                         Your organisation might be liable for training cost should you not complete the full pragramme


Can more than one individual from the same organisation apply?:         

Yes, individuals will need to apply as per below guidelines.  We will consider each individual application but there are no limit as to members from an organisation applying.  We aim to keep attendance fair and reach as many communities as possible; therefor we may not be able to accommodate all members from an organisation.  A limit will be applied to each organisation and applications considered on first received basis.


How to apply:  

Complete and return the following to

  • Application form (Please click here to download)

  • Provide a motivational letter as to why you should be considered for this program

  • Provide a letter from the organisation you are working with indicating your role in the organisation and how this program will benefit the organisation and community.  This needs to be signed by the organisational manager/director and include the NPO registration number.

Application closing date:            

Your application needs to reach us by 1 August for second and third intake.

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