The COURRAGE Approach – Introduction 

(Due to the coronavirus, this event is cancelled)

Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo, pioneer and co-developer of the Tree of Life in 2006, has continued to expand her work to include the COURRAGE methodology, which is one of her favourite and uplifting projects.

25th April 2020
Venue: The Psychosynthesis Trust London Bridge, SE1 2TH

This is an Open Practitioner Event

What Is the Courrage Approach?

COURRAGE is a collective narrative way of working that privileges the alternative stories of women who have faced significant hardships. It honours the strengths, skills and courage women show and use in the face of sorrow and grief.

Listen to Ncazelo talk about the Tree of life in this BAATN podcast

Working in partnership with six women living in informal settlements in northern Johannesburg, Ncazelo developed the COURRAGE ApproachDrawing from these and other work experiences, Ncazelo has generated what she calls the Imbeleko Approach to Therapeutic Practice. Imbeleko integrates narrative practices and cultural sensitivities so that local knowledges and wisdoms about healing and recovery can be foregrounded in helping contexts. 

What Will the Training Cover 

At the workshop, Ncazelo will be sharing the foundational principles and practices that constitute Imbeleko.  Some of these principles and practice include:

  • Using existing homegrown strategies that privilege local skills to facilitate healing and recovery.
  • Embracing conversations that feature cultural knowledges and practices to promote healing and recovery
  • Actively coming alongside people in practical ways that support them in taking action in line with their hopes and growing personal agency. 
  • Collective and communal practices that link lives and create communities.
  • Adapting existing therapies in ways that are respectful of local culture and context
  • Creating genuine partnerships with people affected by problems
  • Social connectedness movement 
  • Commitments to not harm and facilitate emotional safety
  • Inviting joy, laughter, fun and a light-hearted approach in tackling problems
  • Celebrating movement (or Kartharsis) through song and dance etc.

 

Who Can Attend the Training?

  • Practitioners who work in the area of trauma, violence and dealing with the effects of abuse on people’s lives
  • Women empowerment organisations
  • People who work with refugees and other marginalised communities
  • People who have an interest in developing and working with culturally sensitive therapies
  • Practitioners interested in integrating arts into Narrative Therapy
  • People with an interest in linking therapy to ongoing community projects for the benefit of those who seek counselling

Date: 25th April 2020
Time: 9:30 for a 10:00 start – end 17.30
Venue: The Psychosynthesis Trust, 92-94 Tooley Street, London Bridge, London SE1 2TH
Cost: Organisations £175, Individuals £135, BAATN Members £125, Student £95, BAATN Student member £85

(Due to the coronavirus, this event is cancelled)
About Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo

Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo is the pioneer and co-developer of the Tree of Life Counselling Methodology. She is a Psychologist, Narrative Therapist and Psychosocial Specialist with over 15 years’ experience working in the area of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing. She specializes in designing programs and interventions for various vulnerable groups and communities. Her work has largely focused on supporting children, women and communities affected by HIV and AIDS, poverty and conflict in East and Southern Africa. Ncazelo has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe and Australia providing training in responding to hardships and trauma and sharing her experiences with mental health practitioners. Over the years, Ncazelo’s work has focused on developing culturally sensitive therapies to respond to the hardships and trauma experienced by children, women and communities. Her work is defined by what she terms the Imbeleko Approach to Therapeutic Practice born out of culturally sensitive practice. In recent years, Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo has developed other creative narrative practice methodologies. These have included combining the Suitcase project (Glynis Clacherty, 2004) with narrative practice and journey metaphors (see: www.dulwichcentre.com.au/suitcase). More recently, working in partnership with six women living in informal settlements in northern Johannesburg, Ncazelo has developed the COURRAGE methodology. COURRAGE is a collective narrative way of working that has been developed to privilege the alternative stories of women who have faced significant hardships. It seeks to honour the strengths, skills and courage women show and use in the face of sorrow and grief.

WHAT IS PHOLA?

In 2016 Ncazelo set up an organisation called Phola to reach marginalised children, women, families and communities affected by trauma related to poverty, losses, violence, HIV and AIDS, statelessness, conflict etc. Ncazelo’s vision for Phola is to bring hope and restore the lives of women, children and families using home grown therapies and creating mobile counselling services that are culturally appropriate and can reach the most disadvantaged and marginalised people and communities. www.phola.org