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Solid Ground offers a broad range of trainings, workshops, talks and webinars aimed at enhancing the skills of mental health practitioners, lawyers, advocates and lay persons.

These include: 
– Divorce and Family Mediation Training (NABFAM accredited)
– Applied Law for Family Mediators (NABFAM accredited)
– Applied Psychology for Family Mediators (NABFAM accredited)
– Trauma Counselling Skills (Click here to learn more)
– Autogenic Training (Click here to learn more)
– Stress reduction workshops through integrated mind-body techniques (Click here to learn more)
– Having the Talk (a workshop for parents).

Training is either run on-site or via virtual meeting platforms and trainees will be provided with a comprehensive training manual.
All the trainers have years of experience as both practitioners and trainers and are committed to providing interactive, professional and relevant training.

 

Claire Penfold

Claire holds BA (Psych Hons) and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked in the divorce and family mediation field for the last 20 years as both a mediator and trainer. She has provided training in both the NGO and private sectors – training professionals predominantly from the legal and mental health sectors.

Claire is committed to growing an ethical mediation profession in South Africa – a goal to which she has contributed by training a large number of mediators over the years. She is also currently the Chair of the National Accreditation Board of Family Mediators (NABFAM) and has represented the Family Life Centre on NABFAM for the past 10 years. NABFAM sets accreditation standards for mediation trainings and mediators as well as an ethical code of conduct for mediators.

Claire is passionate about mediation and strives to provide an alternative to litigation – to reduce the emotional and financial upheaval experienced by families going through divorce or dealing with conflict on issues relating to children or finances.

Solid Ground - Claire Penfold

“The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong at the broken places.”
Ernest Hemingway

HOW TO BECOME A NABFAM ACCREDITED MEDIATOR:

    1. Complete a NABFAM accredited foundation Mediation Training Course (min 40hr).

    2. Complete relevant additional NABFAM accredited training:
    – Applied Psychology for Family Mediators (min 12 hr) – this course is to be completed by trainees who do not hold a degree in social work or psychology (BA (Hons Psych) is sufficient), and/or
    – Applied Law for Family Mediators (min 12 hr) – to be completed by trainees who do not hold a degree in law.

    3. Complete 3 supervised mediation sessions of at least 1 hour each or 5 hours of roleplays as a mediator.

    4. Apply to NABFAM member organisation and pay relevant fees.
    A list of accredited training can be found on www.nabfam.co.za 

    Training Events

    If you wish to learn more or join one or more of the below training events,
    please fill in the form below.

    DIVORCE AND FAMILY MEDIATION TRAINING
    NABFAM ACCREDITED

    8:30 to 13:30
    May: 20, 21, 23, 27, 28 & 30
    Sept: 2, 3, 5, 9, 10 & 12

    R 5800 

    APPLIED LAW FOR FAMILY MEDIATORS
    NABFAM ACCREDITED

    8:30 to 13:30
    Jun: 24 & 25
    Sep: 30
    Oct: 1

    R 2100

     APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY FOR MEDIATORS
    NABFAM ACCREDITED

    8:30 to 13:30
    Jun: 11 & 12
    Oct: 15 & 16

    R 2100

    TRAUMA COUNSELLING TRAINING
    3 Friday Mornings

    9:00 to 12:30
    Feb: 5, 12 &19
    Apr: 16, 23 & 30
    Jun: 4, 11 & 18
    Aug: 6, 13 & 20
    Oct: 8, 15 & 22

    AUTOGENIC TRAINING
    8 Wednesdays Mornings

    9:00 to 11:00
    27 Jan to 17 Mar
    7 Apr to 26 May
    21 Jul to 8 Sept 

    BEREAVEMENT COUNSELLING
    3 Tuesday mornings

    9:00 to 12:30
    9 to 23 Mar
    11 to 25 May
    27 Jul to 10 Aug 

    Contact Me

    For more information please contact Claire Penfold
    Cell: 083 928 8040 | Email: claire@solid-ground.co.za