At FAMSA Potchefstroom we have qualified, professional staff focusing on the needs of families.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

Therapeutic Services

Professional counselling services including trauma containment and domestic violence.
Marriage preparation.

Marriage enrichment.

Marriage counselling.
Divorce counselling.
Employee Assistance Program Services (EAP).
Play therapy for children.

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 management.

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, prison, court and police stations.

FAMSA believes 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.

Topics of the program include self knowledge, basic human needs, enhancing communication, conflict management, feelings and expressions, marriage, domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, etc.

Families 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 that hands and words are not for hurting. FAMSA is aiming to break the cycle of violence and create a violence free generation.

Parenting Skills

A comprehensive parenting program has been designed and used to train 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 children.

Fatherhood Programme

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.

Capacity Building Programme

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 Counselling, Marriage Preparation, Marriage Enrichment, Basic Counselling, Parenting Skills Program, Life-skills or other interpersonal skills that need to be developed.


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