At FAMSA Potchefstroom we have
qualified, professional staff
focusing on the needs of families.
Our services include, but are not
services including trauma
containment and domestic
Employee Assistance Program
Play therapy for children.
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 after mediation, made between
separating or divorcing 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,
differences, sex, teenage
pregnancies, HIV/Aids, domestic
violence, bullying and anger
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,
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.
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
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.
courses include Marriage Counselling,
Marriage Preparation, Marriage
Enrichment, Basic Counselling,
Parenting Skills Program, Life-skills or
other interpersonal skills
that need to be developed.