At FAMSA Potchefstroom we have qualified,
professional staff focusing on the needs of
families. Our services include, but are not
counseling services including trauma
containment and domestic violence.
preparation – A five session course that
prepares couples for marriage.
enrichment – Even the happiest married
couples have room for growth in their
marriage. A five session course equips
couples to keep on building their marriages,
resulting in a more satisfying marital
Assistance Program Services (EAP)
Play therapy for
Mediation and Parenting Plan
Mediation provides a more courteous alternative
to separating or divorcing parties who do wish
to create an amiable and co-operative climate
rather than a conflictual one.
Parties meet with a neutral third party, the
mediator(s), for purposes of facilitating an
agreement between parties.
A parenting plan is an agreement in writing made
between divorced or separated parents, dealing
with the specific issues relating to parental
responsibilities and rights.
School Learners Enrichment Groups
The aim of these groups is to support teenagers
to cope with life – specifically focusing on
topics related to their life stage including
emotional maturity, self-esteem, personality
differences, sex, teenage pregnancies, HIV/Aids,
domestic violence, bullying and anger
Abused Women Support Group
The support group for women from abused
relationships focuses on giving emotional
support to these women so that they can get hope
and learn alternative ways to cope with their
Family Foundation Volunteers Program
With this program unemployed people in the
community with a Grade 12 qualification are
trained as facilitators to present a life-skills
program at middle & secondary schools, clinics,
prisons, court and police stations.
FAMSA believes our training empowers people on a
personal, educational and developmental level.
Many volunteers have been able to obtain
permanent positions after serving as a FAMSA
volunteer. Another benefit of this program is
that the people, to whom the life-skills program
is facilitated to, are also empowered. Topics of
the program include knowing yourself, basic
human needs, enhancing communication, conflict
handling, feelings and it’s expressions,
marriage, domestic violence, sexual abuse and
Family Against Violence Program
This program is presented to grade 7 learners in
primary schools during a seven week period. The
aim of this program is to change cultural norms
that support violence and to teach children
alternative ways of dealing with conflict and
not to use violence as they might see in their
homes or in the media.
Topics that are discussed
are: Positive self-image, emotions, how to
handle anger/bulling, respect for the opposite
gender, domestic violence, what to do when
living in a house where there is domestic
violence and hands and words are not for
hurting. This programme is sponsored by AngloGold Ashanti.
Through this program FAMSA wants to
break the cycle of violence and create a
violence free generation.
Income Generating Group Program
Women from previous disadvantaged communities
are taught skills to make handmade products that
they sell to generate some income for
Every opportunity to market these products is
used to empower and develop these individuals.
comprehensive parenting program has been
designed by Soul City, who also trained our
facilitators to present this program to parents.
This is a 10 session program where parents are
taught parenting skills in order to raise
physical and emotionally healthy, balanced
The Fatherhood Program uses the 24/7 Dad Program
that aims to get fathers more involved in their
children’s lives. This program starts with a
seminar to instill in fathers the importance of
being more involved in their children’s lives.
Following the seminar is a 10 session program
that teaches them how to be better fathers and
how to attend to their children’s needs. Once
fathers have gone through the program, some
become facilitators of the program to other
groups of dads.
This office also provides various capacity
building courses to the corporate sector, other
NGO’s, government departments and individuals on
request. These courses include Marriage
Counseling, Marriage Preparation, Marriage
Enrichment, Basic Counseling, Parenting Program
and any life-skills and interpersonal skills
that need to be developed.