'Phaphama' is a Zulu word that means 'Awaken yourself'
The heart:
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The ‘Nuclear Symbol’:
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Necessary skills to function effectively without engaging in further crime or violence.

Who will benefit by attending:
Detainees seeking to transform destructive life patterns to ones which nurture positive human growth and development, both within themselves and in their interpersonal interactions.

The challenge of turning an offender away from crime is often an extremely difficult one. This is not only because of the often socially and economically impoverished backgrounds that offenders come from, which led them to crime in the first place, but also because of the extremely destructive and dehumanising environment in prisons, which perpetuates and deepens criminal behaviour.

Although many offenders are charged and convicted of serious crimes, most of them will return to the community after serving a term of imprisonment. It is crucial, then, that their period of imprisonment attempts to assist these individuals to turn away from their criminal lifestyle so that they can lead a law abiding and productive life when they are released from prison. It is also important that they learn the skills necessary to function effectively in the prison community without engaging in further crime or violence.

Phaphama Initiatives’ workshops based on the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) methodology present pre-emptive conflict management skills.
The experience of creating meaningful relationships with fellow inmates during the training is very powerful. Participants are provided with a “safe space” in which to work together as a healthy community, build successful interpersonal interactions, gain insights into themselves and find new and positive approaches to their lives. The methodology is practical and experiential, does not rely on lecturing and note-taking, and is great fun.

Advanced and Training for Facilitators workshops are also available. These workshops provide an effective and sustainable model for the transfer of these skills to other inmates; initiated, implemented and evaluated by inmates themselves under our long-term guidance.

Outcomes will include:
• Building self-esteem and trust
• Developing an internal locus of control
• Developing a sense of positive future-oriented meaning
• Connecting participants to positive values and helping them build stable, positive, emotional relationships
• Improving participants’ understanding of the interrelationship between communication and conflict resolution.
• Raising awareness and understanding of the impact of improved communication and assertiveness.
• Developing participants’ skills in effective communication.
• Enhancing participants’ ability to resolve conflicts nonviolently.
• Developing a sense of community
• Identifying entrenched group practices that are destructive.
• Dealing with fundamental issues such as anger, fear and forgiveness.
• Building and strengthening participants’ resilience to participate in harmful practices e.g. substance and sexual abuse, and criminal activity

Leadership team:
Carefully balanced teams of 3 or 4 facilitators with appropriate experience.

16 hours on two or four consecutive days, as suits the routine of the correctional facility.

Please contact us for a quote.


Client quotes:

"I felt friendly and seemed to be visited by God in prison"

“I learnt how to solve things with communicating with some one without using anger.”

“Ngifunde ukumamela umuntu.” (I learnt to listen to people.)

“I learnt that my feelings could be felt by others and we have the same problems that can be solved.”

“Somehow I am a changed person.”

“All the facilitator’s hearts were open with smiles on the faces showing
they enjoyed being with us.”

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