Bringing About Healing in a Traumatized Society

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.


Please note

  • A minimum requirement to attend this training is the Basic Counselling Skills 1 and 2 trainings or a recognized Basic Counselling skills training. 
  • Recognition of non FAMtrac trainings will be considered on an individual basis.


SACSSP:   Will apply 2020

HPCSA:     Not Applied


  • Bookings need to be made at least 10-days before the first day of training
  • Proof of payment can be emailed to to secure your seat
  • Please Click Here for our booking and payment guidelines


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 behavior
  • 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
Course Outline: 
  • The need for healing in the South African context
  • Defining trauma, loss and violence
  • The dynamics of trauma, loss and abusive relationship.
  • Trauma debriefing versus trauma support
  • Normal response versus pathological reaction
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • The Cycle of Violence
  • What lies behind the violence
  • Why women stay
  • Safety Plans
  • The impact of loss and grief
  • Approaches to loss and bereavement
  • Understanding the loss of others
  • Counseling skills and techniques to manage clients who are potentially at risk to themselves and or others
  • Resource and future management
Price: R2,100.00