TRAINING: Courage Child Protection Community Programme

TRAINING: Courage Child Protection Community Programme

This training will be beneficial for anyone working in communities, mental health services and specifically Community Art Counsellors who want to add tools and skills that aims to empower and move communities to action.


Lefika La Phodiso would like to invite you to a one-day training in the Courage Child Protection Community Programme. We have been using the Courage community mapping process in our Open Studio and our research project with the Department of Women are also based on the work.

This is a great opportunity to further your learning in the use of this powerful methodology. You will not only learn how to use the community map process, but also how to move a community to action through empowerment strategies.

Courage is a powerful child protection toolkit that can work inside any child protection organization, community, family or individual to help enhance the work that you do.

Courage’s aim is to give you the practical tools you will need to develop a child protection strategy that:
1. Recognises the rights and needs of all children.
2. Helps you to identify where they are being abused or overlooked.
3. Provides you with the strategies you will need to resolve the child protection challenges that you encounter.
4. Empowers yourself, your organization and your community to make a difference, in partnership with others.
5. Measures and evaluates your progress to ensure that the difference you make is effective and sustainable.

DATE: 29 May 2018

TIME: 9:00-15:00

PLACE: CMI Building Library

COST: R350 pp (This includes lunch and refreshments)

Payment details
Lefika Banking Details: Standard Bank
Account Name: Lefika la Phodiso: Art Therapy Centre
Branch code: 004205 (Jan Smuts Branch, JHB)
Account number: 422271896
Swift code: SBZAZAJJ
Email your proof of payment to to secure your place in the training.


Why is Courage important?

  • Courage community engagement will help to uphold children’s rights and maintain public health and wellbeing.
  • It will also assist us in preventing the severe and lasting consequences of abuse, exploitation and neglect, which include:

– Depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress

– Substance abuse

– Suicide


– Unwanted pregnancy

– Learning difficulties and cognitive development

– Developmental delays and behavioural issues

– Neurological impact: toxic stress (extended living in violent environment)

– Poor self-regulation, hyper-vigilance and aggressive anti-social behaviour

– Violence perpetuates violence, lowered social cohesion and social capital





Dee Blackie is a strategic consultant with extensive experience on Pan-African and Global projects.  She holds a Bachelors of Journalism from Rhodes University and a Masters in Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS).  Dee has a background in publishing, advertising, market and consumer insight, and business and brand strategy.

Dee has consulted to numerous South African and Global brands, initially with the Global Added Value Group, as Strategy Director (Africa/Middle East) for Enterprise IG, in the boutique marketing and brand consultancy, Xfacta, and more recently in the Business of Brands Institute that she launched in 2007, with the aim of serving businesses and society through the discipline of branding.

After seeing a picture of an abandoned child in a South African newspaper in 2010, Dee decided to take her 15 years of business consulting experience and focus this on the world of child protection.  She facilitated the creation of the National Adoption Coalition for South Africa in 2011, and since then her primary focus has been on creating awareness of child abandonment and helping young women experiencing unplanned or crisis pregnancies.  She has developed two pictures based community engagement programmes which she has trained extensively to a variety of child protection officers and community members across the country.  Her most recent programme “Courage” is aimed at improving the gate-keeping functions of child protection organisations and individuals across the globe and has been piloted in South Africa, Zambia and Lesotho.

Due to a complete lack of insight into child abandonment in South Africa, and the rapidly declining numbers in adoption (more than 50% over the past decade), in 2013 she enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to complete her MA in Anthropology, her thesis explored child abandonment and adoption in the context of African ancestral beliefs.  She received the Faculty of Humanities School of Social Sciences Post Graduate Research Award for the best Masters by Coursework Research Report, and the John Blacking Book Prize for the best Anthropology Masters or PhD Dissertation in 2014.

Dee is currently completing her PhD in Anthropology, focusing on learning disabilities and developmental disorders in the family and home environment.

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