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Programmes designed specifically to support early childhood development and wellbeing have been demonstrated to be significantly more cost-effective than therapeutic intervention that occurs in adolescence and adulthood.

  • The Umdlezane Parent-Infant Programme (UPIP) focuses on the first 1000 days, which is up to 2 years old. We run 3 direct interventions: Baby Mat, Home Visiting and parent Infant Psychotherapy. Training courses are aimed at psychology professionals or community-based caregivers working with parents and their infants.

  • The Early Childhood Development (ECD) focuses on children from 3-7 years old. Training courses include Thinking about the Early Child, and Personal Doll Training. The Ububele Pre-School for 65 children is a model for holistic development and is a training site for students of psychology, social work and ECD.

  •  Working With Groups (WWG) – For the past 10 years, Ububele has run these transformative courses for people whose job entails being a group member or leader. The course is experiential, theoretical and practical. It is unique in that the course has seen South Africans from a variety of backgrounds, occupations and experiences engage with one another. Participants emerge with greater understanding, sensitivity, tolerance and insight into our complex national human landscape.

  • The Academic Internship & Assessment Clinic enables 4 MA students in their final year to have a hands-on experience in providing assessments for children, therapy for children and adults, and other interventions which are all strictly supervised. Due to the huge demand, applicants must apply early in the year before they would like to work at Ububele, as the selection process must be finalised by the end



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