Ububele is an Nguni word meaning kindness.



Ububele’s training in mental health centres on preventative strategies for children under the age of seven, their parents and other caregivers. Ububele prepares, field-tests and offers training programmes which are informed by a blend of Western psychoanalytic thinking and African indigenous knowledge systems.

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Working with Groups

 Ububele offers training to professionals and lay mental health workers who wish to become group practitioners. Our training draws on group psychoanalytic understanding, social psychology and sociology, systems theory and anthropology.  Our training model offers a unique opportunity to grow both personally and professionally within a group context. This is achieved through a deep encounter with ubuntu, realizing our being in relation to other people, of special relevance in the South African context where the notion of group has powerful connotations.

Ububele offers various group training courses:

An Introduction to Working with Groups comprises 6 weekend blocks s of 13.5 hours each which run over a period of a year.

This training course has been recognized by the Institute of Group Analysis in London.
The course offers seminars and lectures on the theory of groups. There are also experiential small groups, which focus on the personal, emotional life of the members,as well as supervision and discussion of their ongoing group work in their own work settings.  The whole course aims to enhance the capacity of members to reflect on group and institutional dynamics.  It assists members to think about the relationship between the individual and the group, to think about group process and their own roles in various groups.

Community Lay Counsellors Course (CLC):  This 2-year course needs to be preceded by the Introductory Course. The primary aim is to equip the trainee to run various community support groups.  The focus is on developing the group work skills of Community Lay Counsellors who are already working in or wish to work in communities. This is often connected with the HIV/AIDS pandemic and related issues e.g. orphans, foster parents, stressed medical and paramedical staff. This course equips counsellors with a deeper experience and understanding of how groups work and how they benefit participants.  The second year of this course is mainly devoted to practical applications and supervision in order to foster this work.

 Group Analytic Psychotherapists (GAPS): Mental Health Professionals who have completed the two-year introductory WWG course and who are licensed by belonging to a core profession (e.g. psychologists, medical doctors, psychiatric nurses, social workers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists) may enrol for this advanced GAPS course. This course aims to qualify professionals in running, training, consulting and supervising Group Work at all levels. The course also advances personal growth as attendance in a therapy group is obligatory. This is a 2 year (minimum)  course and  is offered as and when there are sufficient candidates to warrant it.