Oct 19 Using the Circle of Courage as a Developmental Assessment Tool in South Africa

Using the Circle of Courage as a Developmental Assessment Tool in South Africa
October 19, 2015   Burton Hall, Room 227
12-1 p.m.    LUNCH PROVIDED

In post-Apartheid South Africa, a reconstruction process has been underway for over a decade; at present, immeasurable levels of social hardships still exist in poverty-afflicted townships throughout the country. Many children and their families find themselves in need of care. Practitioners and professionals throughout South Africa have responded to community needs through assessment and practices that have encouraging results for an incredibly diverse population. Enmeshing Western and traditional approaches help South Africans avoid triage situations and focus on the development of the whole person.

One model with considerable success in South Africa is a philosophy of youth development rooted in a Native American tradition called “The Circle of Courage.” The four-quadrant concept is a strength-based approach that helps the individual pursue self-empowerment through Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity, which clearly acknowledges the South African notion of “Ubuntu,” meaning: I am, because of you. The circle is also a medicine wheel aimed to heal and restore. This model has been adapted out of South Africa’s own indigenous practices where circles are used to bring people and families together in celebration or to make important decisions.

This presentation will discuss the “Circle of Courage” in detail and describe how it is used to developmentally assess clients and determine the most effective services. Anthea will also include relevant case studies to give context and an in-depth illustration of the impact of the “Circle of Courage” as an assessment tool for healthy communities in South Africa.

Anthea Jansen is a registered Trainer & Assessor for the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) in South Africa. She holds a national diploma for Care of the Handicapped and is currently in the process of completing her final year of a Child & Youth Work degree at the University of South Africa (UNISA). She has served as a child and youth care social service practitioner in South Africa for over 15 years with a profound commitment to the most disenfranchised youth in her home nation. She is highly experienced in restorative justice in addition to family preservation and unification. Anthea is also an accredited Level 4 wilderness-healing facilitator qualified to lead challenging outdoor experiential learning programs for South African “youth at risk.” Her work includes years of experience working in both Imizamo Yethu and Delft townships (Cape Town) known for their substandard schools, unemployment, high rates of crime and sexual violence, HIV/AIDS, and Tuberculosis.

Prior to her employment with the NACCW, Anthea was the Program Manager for the non-governmental organization, Afrika Tikkun, were she oversaw many of the social and youth services, including connecting young men with positive male role models through a mentor program called “Men Making A Difference.” In addition, Anthea established and managed the service-learning portion of a University of Minnesota Global Seminar run by CEHD’s Nate Whittaker (TRIO Student Support Services) and the two of them are currently developing an afterschool program in Bellville, Cape Town dubbed “Bridges.” Although she is well known by more than 100 UMN students, this is Anthea’s first venture out of South Africa.
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