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Supervision Training
 CPD re-applied

Supervision Training has been awarded 18CPD from the SACSSP 

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Suicide Prevention

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Working with Trauma
17 CPD

Working with Trauma has been awarded 17.5 CPD from the SACSSP 

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Online Courses

Basic Counselling Skills 2: Intermediate Counselling Skills


This course builds on what participants have learned during the ‘Basic Counselling Skills I’ Training based on the Egan Model of counselling for use by professionals, lay counsellors and those persons interested in learning more about counselling. The course helps you to further develop your practical counselling skills and looks deeper in to counselling theory. In this training we continue to look at the Egan Model by exploring Stages II and III and the relevant skills. Please note You need to have completed Basic Counselling Skills I or a recognized basic counselling skills training. Recognition of non FAMtrac trainings will be considered on an individual basis. If you are not a registered mental health professional the Basic Counselling 1 and 2 courses need to be completed in order to attend other FAMtrac training. You can also apply for Recognition of Previous Learning if you have completed a Basic Counselling training with another organisation. Learning Outcomes By the end of this training it is expected that trainees will be able to:

  • Explain the application of systems theory to couple and family relationships
  • Demonstrate an understanding of stage two and three of Egan’s Model
  • Demonstrate the skills of stage 3 & 4 of the Egan model: Advanced accurate empathy, Challenging, Immediacy, and Self-Disclosure
  • Describe the principles of effective conflict resolution and confrontation
  • Demonstrate the skills of stage three of the Egan model: Problem solving, Decision making, and Initiating change
Online Training This training will be facilitated online by means of the Zoom Application. Zoom can be accessed on most smart phones, tablets and computers. You will need to make use of a camera and microphone and have access to a stable internet connection. Six online sessions:
  • 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24 June 2021 (14:00-16:30)
  • 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 November 2021 (18:00-20:30)
Times Slot: Differs for each training, refer to dates above. Days of the week: Monday & Thursday Cost: R2500 per person CPD
  • SACSSP: Not Applied
  • HPCSA: Not Applied
Bookings & Payments
  • Bookings need to be made at least 10-days before the first day of training
  • Once booked we will email you an invoice
  • Proof of payment can be emailed to famtrac@famsawc.org.za to secure your seat
  • Payment needs to be received 10-days before the first day of training




Basic Counselling Skills 1: Introduction to Counselling


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
Please Note If you are not a registered mental health professional the Basic Counselling 1 and 2 trainings needs to be completed in order to attend other FAMtrac training. You can also apply for Recognition of Previous Learning if you have completed a Basic Counselling training with another organisation. Online Training This training will be facilitated online by means of the Zoom Application. Zoom can be accessed on most smart phones, tablets and computers. You will need to make use of a camera and microphone and have access to a stable internet connection. Seven online sessions:
  • 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 July 2021 (09:30-12:00)
  • 2, 5, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 August 2021 (10:00-12:30)
  • 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 September 2021 (18:00-20:30)
  • 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 October 2021 (18:00-20:30)
  • 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 17, 18 November 2021 (10:00-12:30)
Times Slot: Differs for each training, refer to dates above. Days of the week: Monday & Thursday Cost: R2500 per person CPD
  • SACSSP: Not Applied
  • HPCSA: Not Applied
Bookings & Payments
  • Book Online or email famtrac@famsawc.org.za
  • Bookings need to be made at least 10-days before the first day of training
  • Once booked we will email you an invoice
  • Proof of payment can be emailed to famtrac@famsawc.org.za to secure your seat
  • Payment needs to be received 10-days before the first day of training




Bringing About Healing in a Traumatised 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.

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
Online Training This training will be facilitated online by means of the Zoom Application. Zoom can be accessed on most smart phones, tablets and computers. You will need to make use of a camera and microphone and have access to a stable internet connection. Six online sessions: Dates to be announced soon. Time slot: 10:00-12:30 Dates: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 August 2021 (Tuesdays and Fridays) Cost: R2500.00 per person CPD
  • SACSSP: Not Applied
  • HPCSA: Not Applied
Bookings
  • Bookings need to be made at least 10-days before the first day of training
  • To register please email famtrac@famsawc.org.za or Book Online
  • Proof of payment can be emailed to famtrac@famsawc.org.za to secure your seat




Supervision Skills - CPD applied (SACSSP)


Various authors, e.g. Epstein; Austin and Akin describe supervision as a scientifically based process whereby the supervisor guides the supervisee in the development of his / her professional capacity to enable him / her to function independently and autonomously. In implementing this responsibility, the supervisor performs supervisory functions in interaction with the supervisee in the context of a positive professional relationship. The rationale for the Supervision Framework for the Social Work Profession in SA: 2012, was to address the:

  • decline in the productivity and quality of social work services rendered
  • lack of supervision
  • lack of adequate training of supervisors
It is now a legislative requirement for all social workers to be supervised by social work supervisors who have attended a supervision course recognized by the SACSSP. FAMSA Western Cape has been running SACSSP CPD accredited supervision training since 2010 when CPD was implemented for the Social Work Profession in SA. FAMSA Western Cape has also been the leader in the field by being (as far as known) the first to establish a Supervisor’s Forum for supervisors in 2001. The aim of the Supervisor’s Forum was:
  • to create a career path for social workers
  • to support the fledgling supervisors
  • to educate and equip them about the practice of supervision
  • to keep them administratively accountable to ensure a quality ethical service
Learning Outcomes By the end of this training the participants should be able to:
  • Have some understanding of how their experience with receiving supervision might impact on their practice of giving supervision.
  • Indicate the importance of the objectives, principles and values of supervision and have a clear understanding of the definition of supervision.
  • Have a clear understanding of how they are complying with the norms and standards of the supervision framework.
  • Have a clear understanding of what they need to put in place for them to be fully compliant with the norms and standards of the supervision framework.
  • Demonstrate an ability to implement the theory related to the administrative, supportive, motivational and personality enrichment functions in handling a difficult supervisee.
  • Demonstrate an ability to support a supervisee with his / her job-related tensions.
  • Complete an educational assessment and PDP on a supervisee.
  • Plot a supervisee on the PM assessment scale and indicate the most applicable supervision style.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of insight gained from completing a multicultural awareness and diversity questionnaire and how to apply this to the supervision practice.
  • Do a supervision contract with a supervisee on the prescribed template.
  • Have a fair understanding of their confidence and assertiveness levels and how this is impacting on your supervision practice.
  • Have completed the evaluation form in the workbook.
Please note This training is intended for registered social workers, psychologists, registered counsellors, other mental health professionals and human resource staff. Participants will only be awarded a certificate after attendance of all nine online sessions and submission of all their PoE activities by the end of the training. Online Training This training will be facilitated online by means of the Zoom Application. Zoom can be accessed on most smart phones, tablets and computers. You will need to make use of a camera and microphone and have access to a stable internet connection. Nine online sessions:
  • 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 July 2021
  • 2, 5, 9. 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 November 2021
Time slot: 10h00 to 12h30 Days of the week: Tuesdays and Fridays Cost: R2900 per person CPD
  • SACSSP: applied CPD (SACSSP)
  • HPCSA: Not Applied
Bookings
  • Bookings need to be made at least 10-days before the first day of training
  • To register please email famtrac@famsawc.org.za
  • Proof of payment can be emailed to famtrac@famsawc.org.za to secure your seat
Course Outline Session One:
  • Establishing Expectations and Norms for the training
  • Objectives, Principles, Values and Definition of Supervision
Session Two:
  • Supervision Framework for the Social Work Profession in South Africa
Session Three:
  • The Functions of Supervision
Session Four:
  • The Functions of Supervision
Session Five:
  • Application of the Situational Leadership Supervision Modal
Session Six:
  • Multicultural and Diversity issues impacting on the Supervisory Relationship
Session Seven:
  • Contracting in Supervision
Session Eight:
  • Making the Transition to become a Supervisor
Session Nine:
  • Tools in Supervision




Working With Trauma


Life is inherently unpredictable, meaning that all people will at some time face an event that to them will be traumatic. 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. As a result the trauma of living in a violent society is a reality for many South Africans. This course aims to equip professionals with a body of knowledge and set of skills to both understand and intervene with those who find themselves the victims of a traumatic event. It will furthermore specifically examine the historical development and respective roles of trauma defusing and critical incident debriefing.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this training the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the need for trauma support in the South African Context
  • Describe the cycle of violence
  • Understand the historical overview of trauma research and the psychological impact it can have on people’s lives
  • Define trauma and traumatic events
  • Demonstrate a working understanding of the physiology of the brain as it applies to trauma
  • Demonstrate a working understanding of the central nervous system and its function in trauma
  • Explain the difference between trauma debriefing and trauma support
  • Describe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Demonstrate essential counseling skills in the trauma defusing process
  • Demonstrate the application of the steps in the trauma defusing process
  • Describe vicarious trauma
  • Explain the ethical responsibility to remain accountable through supervision when working the area of trauma
  • Describe the importance of self-care
Online Training This training will be facilitated online by means of the Zoom Application. Zoom can be accessed on most smart phones, tablets and computers. You will need to make use of a camera and microphone and have access to a stable internet connection. Nine online sessions: 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 October 2021 Time slot: 18:00 to 20:30 Days of the week: Tuesdays and Thursdays Cost: R3000 per person CPD
  • SACSSP: Applying
  • HPCSA: Not Applied
Bookings & Payments
  • Book Online or email famtracadmin@famsawc.org.za
  • Bookings need to be made at least 10-days before the first day of training
  • Once booked we will email you an invoice
  • Proof of payment can be emailed to famtrac@famsawc.org.za to secure your seat
  • Payment needs to be received 10-days before the first day of training




Counselling in an Electronic Environment


COVID 19 has shifted the landscape so dramatically that all industries find themselves trying to define the new normal. Social work and the counseling profession is no different. Very few if any counselors/ social workers would have had any formal training in working with clients in an online forum. In an attempt to start a conversation around the unique considerations in this environment the South African Council for social services professions released interim ethical guidelines regarding technology- supported social work services. (General notice 6 of 2020). This training aims to continue the conversation along with the careful consideration of how to adapt traditional counseling skills in technology-supported social work services/ counseling. This training will also provide the learner an opportunity to explore and develop competence in utilizing online platforms. Learning Outcomes By the end of this training the participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the evolution in traditional social work as a result of COVID-19 and greater online capabilities in south Africa.
  • Identify the emerging ethical dilemmas in technology supported counseling
  • Describe the current framework to guide ethical practice in technology supported counseling as it applies to the profession, client system, colleagues and broader society.
  • Identify the adaptions in soft skills required in technology supported counseling. (attending behavior, contracting, containing.)
  • Show awareness of potentially distracting/ unprofessional behaviors in technology supported counseling.
  • Demonstrate a basic level of competence in at least three online counseling platforms.
  • Demonstrate contingency planning in the event of a technology failure.
Please note This training is intended for registered social workers, psychologists, registered counsellors, other mental health professionals Participants will only be awarded a certificate after attendance of all four online sessions and submission of all their PoE activities by the end of the training. Online Training This training will be facilitated online by means of the Zoom Application. Zoom can be accessed on most smart phones, tablets and computers. You will need to make use of a camera and microphone and have access to a stable internet connection. Four online sessions:
  • 29 June 2021, 1, 6 and 8 July 2021
  • 2, 4, 9, 11 November 2021
Time slot: 12:00-14:30 Days of the week: Tuesdays and Fridays Cost: R1500 per person CPD
  • SACSSP: Applied
  • HPCSA: Not Applied
Bookings
  • Bookings need to be made at least 10-days before the first day of training
  • To register please email famtrac@famsawc.org.za or Book Online
  • Proof of payment can be emailed to famtrac@famsawc.org.za to secure your seat
Facilitated in Partnership with AntConsulting




Bereavement - 7 CPD SACSSP


An Introductory Course for Mental Health Professionals Dates: 18, 21 & 25 May 2021 Time: 09:00-12:15 CPD: 7 CPD SACSSP - for Social Workers Cost: R1350.00 per person

This three session online course on the whole area of loss, grief and bereavement will be of interest to those who already are managing these events with clients in the course of their work. Focused particularly on Social Workers, Psychologists and registered counsellors it will cover current academic work on the topic, theories and models, main emotions and situations requiring specific interventions. With the use of case studies and small group discussion the topics will be explored. Self care for the clinician, ethical issues, latest DSM – V listing of ‘Prolonged grief disorder’ and local resources for referral will be covered plus a literature list.

This course is aimed at:

Registered mental health professionals (Social Workers, Psychologist, Registered Counsellors) who want to grow their knowledge and skill set in dealing with the bereaved.

The Online Supervision Training will be facilitated as follows:

  1. Online Contact Hours:
    • 3 online session of three hours each.
    • These sessions will be facilitator led.
  2. Total online contact hours: 9 hours

Online Training Programme:

Time slot: 09h00 to 12h15 (incl. 15min Tea Break)

Outcomes of course:

  • Participants to be able to make full use of the zoom package
  • Understand who they are sharing the platform with
  • Obtain an overview of the three sessions as a whole
  • Understand the main emotions of grief and bereavement
  • The interplay of depression, grief and resilience in a population
  • An overview of theories and varying approaches
  • Work with respectful practices and engage in a case study using this material
  • Significant issues/features in differing groups of bereaved
  • Flexibility and accommodation of difference of culture/beliefs. Ethical issues arising.
  • Latest research into definition of ‘chronic’ / ‘prolonged’ grief and its inclusion in latest edition of the DSM-V manual for diagnosis and treatment
  • Specific stigmatic and or socially stressful bereavement situations
  • Literature and resources for further study or referral on to outside professionals/organisations.
Please note This training is intended for registered social workers, psychologists, registered counsellors, other mental health professionals Online Training This training will be facilitated online by means of the Zoom Application. Zoom can be accessed on most smart phones, tablets and computers. You will need to make use of a camera and microphone and have access to a stable internet connection. Facilitated in Partnership with Hilary McLea Bookings
  • Bookings need to be made at least 10-days before the first day of training
  • To register please email famtracadmin@famsawc.org.za or Book Online
  • Proof of payment can be emailed to famtrac@famsawc.org.za to secure your seat




The Hero Book (new course)


This workshop offers an opportunity for self-exploration, growth and personal change through stimulating creativity, mindfulness and journaling. The course is spread over 4 sessions and will lead participants through their own biographies, to rediscover themselves as heroes rather than victims.

While writing and illustrating their own books, participants rewrite the story of their lives. Gaining a better understanding through this process facilitates the power to heal and take greater control of one’s life. The process is profound in its simplicity and uses a combination of methods including drawing, journaling, talking, movement and reflection.

The Hero Book process was first developed at the turn of the 21st century by Dr Jonathan Morgan, a clinical psychologist at the University of Cape Town, in order to help AIDS orphans and vulnerable children identify heroic qualities in themselves. Through its simplicity it has since proven highly effective with both children and adults, and people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

Is this for me?

You will certainly benefit from the course:

  • If you are facing a situation in which you feel stuck or at a “crossroads” OR if you are looking for a deeper sense of purpose in your life.
  • If you would like personal and/or professional growth and development
  • IF you are dealing with loss, trauma or grief
  • IF you are in a caring role and need to build an inner resilience
  • Practitioners, therapists and also their patients or clients.
  • Those eager to shift a relationship with a partner, parent, child or sibling.
  • If you would like to learn a technique for group facilitation that is profound, fun, affordable and can be applied to children, adolescents and adults

Description of the process of the course:

  • Participants are led through a series of art and storytelling exercises designed to ‘re-tell’ their narrative looking for alternative stories and possible outcomes.
  • Hero Book storytelling works as a therapeutic interview and is based on the principals of narrative therapy, taking the participants into their past, moving them into the present and opening them towards the future.
  • Taken separately, each exercise has its own specific agenda, which includes elements of history taking, creating expressive art or rewriting a life story. The highlight of the Hero Book experience is rewriting a life story as a victor rather than as a victim.
  • The group members and facilitator enter strongly into the process as supportive co-authors of the participant’s new life-story. Privacy and confidentiality are crucial to creating a safe space for all participants.
  • Each session concludes with time for reflection and sharing. Participants are encouraged to contribute during group discussions but it is not compulsory.
  • At the end, you will have created a well-illustrated and graphic personal document as witness to your story.

Additional Outcomes

Those participants, who wish to, will be in a position to become facilitators, with mentorship. A facilitator’s manual is provided.

Save the dates: 5, 12, 19 & 26 May 2021 Time: 09:30-11:30 (2 hours per session) This course will be online.




Suicide Prevention: A practical approach towards working with self-harming and suicidal patients


Suicide is a growing concern world wide and has far reaching and devastating consequences for all. Dealing with suicidal patients is not uncommon among mental health workers, and yet there is still much uncertainty on best interventions, especially given the many ethical considerations and challenges one encounters. The objective of this two part training is to discuss and explore this complex phenomenon to better equip mental health care workers in risk and prevention management as well as treatment of depressed and suicidal patients. The statistics, causes and warning signs will be discussed and case studies presented. A practical framework with a risk assessment strategy will be included as well as researched theories that aim to provide a better understanding of suicidal and self-harming behaviours.

This course aims

  • To discuss suicide statistics in South Africa

  • To discuss both adolescent and adult mental health

  • To provide practitioners with a practical guide to do a suicide risk assessment

  • To identify the causes and triggers of suicidal behaviour

  • To recognize warning signs and identify those most at risk

  • To know what to do and when to act- treatment options

  • To put together safety plans

  • What to do when a suicide is completed

  • Ethical considerations will be discussed

Outcomes

At the end of the presentation participants would have gained an understanding of:

  •  The possible causes and precipitating factors

  •  How to identify and assist those most at risk

  •  Knowing when to act, what to do ethically and how to put safety plans in place

  •  Knowing who to contact and what to do with an actively suicidal patient

  •  What to do following a suicide, particularly in a school environment

Dates

  • 7 & 14 April 2021

  • 8 & 15 September 2021

Times Slot: 09:30-12:30 Days of the week: Wednesdays Cost: R900 per person CPD
  • SACSSP: ---
  • HPCSA: ---
Online Training This training will be facilitated online by means of the Zoom Application. Zoom can be accessed on most smart phones, tablets and computers. You will need to make use of a camera and microphone and have access to a stable internet connection. Bookings & Payments
  • Book Online or email famtrac@famsawc.org.za
  • Bookings need to be made at least 10-days before the first day of training
  • Once booked we will email you an invoice
  • Proof of payment can be emailed to famtrac@famsawc.org.za to secure your seat
  • Payment needs to be received 10-days before the first day of training




Prepare/Enrich


More information coming soon! Save the dates: 12, 15 & 19 April 2021




Basic Counselling Skills 3: Couple Work


In Basic Counselling Skills 3 we will continue by looking at the couple from
the Person Centred and Systemic Approaches, as well as the counsellor’s role in the counselling
relationship.

Understanding the intricate inner workings of one person is daunting enough, adding another person into the room adds to the complexity of the interpersonal space we call “relationship”.

This course will consider the shift from working with individual clients to the couple’s relationship. Through the lens of systemic enquiry you will explore the knowledge, skills and processes of couples therapy.

As you learn to assesses the dynamics at play in relationships you will be empowered to deepen your understanding of your own interpersonal relationships. You will be challenged to reflect on your assumptions, beliefs and values in your personal relationships and how this can influence the therapeutic process.

Please note You need to have completed Basic Counselling Skills 1 and 2 or a recognized basic counselling skills training. Recognition of non FAMtrac trainings will be considered on an individual basis. Learning Outcomes
By the end of the training learners should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the strengths and development points in their own intimate relationships
  • Identify the transition from working with the individual system to a couple system
  • Demonstrate the skills in developing a Therapeutic alliance
  • Describe the essential elements of a systemic couples assessment
  • Identify stages within the couple development model
  • Demonstrate the essential elements of contracting with the couple system
  • Describe the most common themes in couple interventions
  • Demonstrate how to terminate a therapeutic relationship with the couple system
  • Demonstrate the skill of neutrality, hypothesis formulation and circular questioning
Online Training This training will be facilitated online by means of the Zoom Application. Zoom can be accessed on most smart phones, tablets and computers. You will need to make use of a camera and microphone and have access to a stable internet connection. Six online sessions:
  • 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 August 2021 (12:00-14:30)
Times Slot: Differs for each training, refer to dates above. Days of the week: Tuesday & Thursday Cost: R2500 per person CPD
  • SACSSP: Not Applied
  • HPCSA: Not Applied
Bookings & Payments
  • Bookings need to be made at least 10-days before the first day of training
  • Once booked we will email you an invoice
  • Proof of payment can be emailed to famtrac@famsawc.org.za to secure your seat
  • Payment needs to be received 10-days before the first day of training