14-16 June 2017, Cape Town: Linda Theron and Optentia Research Focus Area (NWU) will co-host Pathways to Resilience IV with Michael Ungar and the Resilience Research Centre, Canada.

See http://resilienceresearch.org/ptr
for details.
Linda Theron

Linda Theron (D.Ed.)
Professor
Dep. of Educational Psychology
Faculty of Education
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Psychologist (Educational; PS 0063622)

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South African students explain their resilience processes Video - South African students explain their resilience
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Introduction to Khazimula

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In November 2014 Lesley Ann van Selm, the director of Khulisa Social Solutions, approached Prof Linda Theron about the possibility of Khulisa collaborating with The Pathways to Resilience team. Her enquiry was prompted by Adien Lindström, a member of the Advisory Panel to the Pathways to Resilience Project – at a meeting of stakeholders from Bethlehem, Adien and Lesley Ann met and Adien suggested that in order to support youth in the Bethlehem area optimally, Khulisa should build on the work of the Pathways to Resilience Project.  After a couple of meetings with Prof Linda Theron, Lesley Ann invited the Pathways Team to train Khulisa’s master trainers in the use of the NWU-accredited short course on Khazimula. Khazimula is the intervention program that flowed from the Pathways to Resilience Project (explained in detail in previous Optentia newsletters). Following the Pathways to Resilience Team’s (particularly Prof Linda Theron, Tamlynn Jefferis and Angelique van Rensburg) compilation of a short learning program (SLP) on Khazimula, it was formally accredited by the NWU.  The SLP consists of four modules: (i) an introduction to resilience and a social ecological explanation of resilience processes; (ii) an explanation of how  systemically supported dreaming informs resilience processes and suggested activities to stimulate such resilience-supporting dreaming; (iii) an explanation of how  systemically supported connecting informs resilience processes and suggested activities to stimulate such resilience-supporting connecting; and (iv) an explanation of how  systemically supported doing informs resilience processes and suggested activities to stimulate such resilience-supporting doing.

On 4-5 February 2014, members of the Pathways to Resilience Team (Prof Linda Theron, Tamlynn Jefferis, Angelique van Rensburg, Puleng Serathi and Tonette de Jager) engaged 12 master trainers from Khulisa Social Solutions in the SLP on Khazimula. This dynamic group of trainers came from Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, North West Province, the Free State and the Western Cape.   After two days of intensive training, this group was enthusiastic. Amongst other things, they were eager to actively promote resilience in youth across South Africa and believed that the flexibility and comprehensiveness of the Khazimula program would support this intention.  Moreover, the trainers saw many parallels between the Khazimula activities/aims and current Khulisa programs. These synergies made them even more enthusiastic to start using Khazimula.

However, the trainers are not accredited Khazimula facilitators yet. They have a month to implement Khazimula and prepare a visual portfolio to demonstrate their use of Khazimula which will be assessed by the Pathways team.  Successful completion of this assessment will lead to the trainers becoming the first NWU-accredited Khazimula facilitators. A second round of training has been arranged with Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare in April 2014 and a possible third round in Cape Town in July 2014. The Pathways to Resilience Team is thrilled that the findings of the Pathways to Resilience Project are making their way back to South African communities in the form of Khazimula in ways that should be sustained even when the project comes to an end in December 2014.

Tamlynn Jefferis, Angelique van Rensburg and Puleng Serathi faciliating the learning of Khulisa trainers

Tamlynn Jefferis, Angelique van Rensburg and Puleng Serathi faciliating the learning of Khulisa trainers

amlynn Jefferis, Angelique van Rensburg & Puleng Serathi facilitating the training of Khulisa staff.

amlynn Jefferis, Angelique van Rensburg & Puleng Serathi facilitating the training of Khulisa staff.

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