Trauma & Healing
In the Cape Flats where communities are impoverished and often crippled by the evils of crime, gangsterism, drug abuse, child abuse, female abuse and alcoholism, the need for trauma counselling and to facilitate some kind of emotional and mental healing and well-being is crucial.
What We Do
The Trauma & Healing Programme facilitates both psycho-social and psycho-educational group and individual interventions with the aim of fostering resilient, creative, caring, healthy, self reliant youth, and optimal socially functioning families including the elderly. This in turn fosters resilient, creative and caring communities, and via a ripple effect helps us realize a self reliant society.
How We Do It
A holistic (physical, mental and emotional) approach to healing and well-being is facilitated via group and individual counselling and psycho-therapeutic work that may include the following in the relevant group sessions:
- therapeutic art
- clay work
Key Focus Areas
- parenting skills for primary caregivers
- youth identity formation
- dealing with trauma
- coping with chronic illnesses e.g. HIV/Aids
- empowerment of the elderly suffering abuse
How Do Beneficiaries Access These Services
Awareness of Trauma & Healing services is created via referrals from our Community Development Centres (CDC's), and via the other programmes at CWD with which we are closely integrated, including our relationship with NOAH (Neighbourhood Old Age Homes).
Psycho-educational / social groups are a means of creating awareness and developing healthy life coping skills in our communities and society. Trauma & Healing promotes pro-social behaviour rather than anti-social behaviour. We bring about healing to impoverished and traumatised communities and build self reliant communities.