Khululeka’s services include individual grief support to at risk children and various training and mentoring programmes
Children and Family Grief Support
Experienced Khululeka staff provide individual grief counselling, family interventions, assessments and referrals. This service is available to children, teens and their families residing in the greater Cape Town metro.
Training & Mentoring
Khululeka facilitates 2 day, 3 day and 4 day workshops on how to recognise and appropriately support bereaved and grieving children and adolescents. The workshops are specifically designed for those working in the child sector, including social workers and teachers, child and youth care workers, and Community Based Organisation volunteers.
The training includes:
- theories and tools designed to help adults reflect on their own grief histories and processes;
- detailed information regarding each developmental stage and related concept of death, grief response and appropriate way to provide support;
- advice about how to support bereaved children including the practicalities of running grief and loss support groups;
- a range of simple physical therapies, techniques and tools that can be used to facilitate conversations about grief and loss, and de-stress and emotionally contain children and adults.
The training includes an element of mentoring and ongoing support for those actively implementing support groups.
Quotes from social workers and child and youth care workers who completed the Khululeka grief support training:
Liso* had a birthday party one Saturday, celebrating his fifth birthday. On a Sunday morning when they were returning home after dropping grandmother at her house, Liso and his cousin were knocked over by a car that was doing drag racing on their street … [Read more]
These are the social workers taking on the difficult task of facilitating grief support groups for the parents of children who had tragically died. Khululeka provided training and mentoring for this group of six professionals who are based in the areas hardest hit by gangsterism.