A Trauma-Informed Approach


8 weekly sessions from 2 Oct-20 Nov




  • If you are with a NGO please connect with us on info@r-cubed.co to access the discounted price of R1750
  • If you are interested in individual sessions (R350 for professionals and R250 for Ngo’s) please make contact with us on info@r-cubed.co

Course Description

The purpose of the course is create a deeper awareness about trauma-informed practice in the context of intergenerational trauma. It is important for us as practitioners in our diverse fields and sectors, to remain conscious about how the past legacies of violence and trauma continually affect us in the present. Consequently, as practitioners, we sometimes act without awareness of the subtle and sensory triggers of trauma, and how these contribute to the daily violations and violence experienced in our society.

This requires that we reflect on our practice, not just intellectually as professionals but reflect on who we are as people, and how we use our roles in our work. When we are aware and informed, we are more likely to disrupt cycles of violence and trauma and promote, healing and health development of individuals, families, communities and organisations.

Who will attend: The course is open to a range of people from health professionals to community development practitioners and leaders working in different sectors. No prerequisite training or knowledge required

How will we run the course: The course will be run on Zoom. A weekly invite with the link will be sent out to all participants and presenters for their particular session. Additional readings or videos will also be provided to make up an additional 30min of self-study/reflection time for participants to get their CPD points. After each session multiple choice questions will made available that participants will have to complete if they want to claim cpd points. 


1. SITUATING TRAUMA-INFORMED PRACTICE IN A CONTEXT OF INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA:  Laying the groundwork for becoming trauma-informed. (2 October)

2. THE EFFECTS OF INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA ON THE BRAIN:  A basic explanation of our neurobiological stress response system. Aimed at simplifying complex information in a way that is accessible for people from different disciplines and backgrounds. (9 October)

Presenter (1 & 2): Lane Benjamin

Lane Benjamin

Lane is a clinical community psychologist with a deep theoretical understanding of trauma grounded on extensive community practice. Founder and former director of CASE (Community Action towards a Safer Environment) and director of R-Cubed.

3. INTERPERSONAL AND SYSTEMIC EFFECTS OF TRAUMA:  Discussing how intergenerational trauma affects systems. How individually and collectively we as practitioners can perpetuate trauma. How do we improve our practice to be more trauma-informed and sensitive in working with vulnerable groups. (16 October)

Presenter: Nomfundo Mogapi 

Nomfundo Mogapi

Nomfundo is a clinical psychologist with expertise in psychosocial healing; traumatic stress, ex-combatants, collective trauma and leadership through emotional intelligence. She has over 14 years experience working within the violence prevention and peacebuilding fields.

4. UNPACKING THE TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACH:  Exploring the principles and key themes of a trauma-informed approach, domains of implementation and application of Trauma-informed practice in practitioners contexts. (23 October)

Presenters: Minkateko Wicht  and Mike Abrams

Mike Abrams

Mike is a facilitator and popular educator for 35 years, working with individuals, organisations and large institutions in different contexts. Has a passion for personal, organisational and social development using a participatory methodology that engages mind, body and soul.

Minkateko Wicht

Minkateko is an Occupational Therapist with an interest in neurological rehabilitation, youth development, training and facilitation. Passionate about enabling people of all abilities to reach their potential and engage optimally within their contexts

5. A TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACH TO PERINATAL HEALTH:  Exploring antenatal anxiety and foetal impacts, obstetric violence and respectful maternity care. Sharing practice design elements of PMHP that mitigate the impact of trauma in mothers and babies. (30 October)

Presenters: Dr Simone Honikman and Liesl Hermanus 

Dr Simone Honikman

Associate Professor Simone Honikman is a medical doctor (UCT) with clinical experience in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Psychiatry and a Masters degree in Maternal and Child Health (UCT). She is founding director of the Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) based at the Centre for Public Mental Health, University of Cape Town.

Liesl Hermanus

Liesl holds an Honors Degree in Psychology (2007) from the University of the Western Cape and is a HPCSA registered counsellor. Since 2011 at PMHP, Liesl has been providing a maternal mental health support service to vulnerable pregnant and postnatal women accessing services at Hanover Park Midwives Obstetrics Unit.

6. A TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACH TO WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH:  Explaining the Neurosequential Model of therapeutics: a developmentally-sensitive and biologically-informed approach to working with children and youth. (6 November)

Presenter: Dr Bruce Perry

Dr Bruce Perry

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is Principal of The Neurosequential Model Network, LLC and Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a Community of Practice based in Houston, TX. He is the author of over 500 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings. His clinical research over the last ten years has been focused on integrating emerging principles of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work(NMT), education (NME) and caregiving (NMC).

7.  INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA AND MASCULINITY: Exploring intergenerational trauma and masculinities and the link to sexual and gender-based violence. (13 November)

Presenters: Mike Abrams and  Jude Clark 

Jude Clark

Jude is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the area of group process, gender and trauma. She is an educator in the fields of social psychology, gender and trauma with over 20 years experience in facilitating processes on issues that relate to social justice, transformation, diversity, inclusion and healing at multiple levels. She now focuses on running “Deep Wellness” retreats for Black womxn.

Mike Abrams

Mike is a facilitator and popular educator for 35 years, working with individuals, organisations and large institutions in different contexts. Has a passion for personal, organisational and social development using a participatory methodology that engages mind, body and soul.

8. A TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACH TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND POLICING: Examining the impact of intergenerational trauma on the institutions within the criminal justice System (including police) and how that intersects with the trauma pathways of especially young offenders. Trauma-informed approaches to
intervention will be discussed. (20 November)

Presenters: Dr James Garbarino and Grant Stewart 

Dr James Garbarino

James Garbarino is Emeritus Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. He has served as consultant or advisor to a wide range of organizations, including the the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, the National Science Foundation and the FBI. He has authored several books and has won many awards in recognition of his work. In 2018, he was cited by the American Psychological Association as one of 33 “Influential Psychologists” for his work on trauma.

Grant Stewart

A youth and community developer, facilitator and trainer for over two decades, working across a variety of urban contexts. Has a passion for working with people, especially marginalised young people, towards a transformed way of being.

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