Research and common knowledge both suggest that the most influential relationship in a child’s life is with his or her caregiver. A strong caregiver relationship can limit the effects of trauma, increase a child’s confidence and independence, and empower a child to explore life from a safe base. However, for OVC and their caregivers, a history of trauma, loss and transition can add complexity to the already challenging adolescent years. HOW do we empower caregivers to parent their adolescent children well? This presentation will center around an effective adolescent parenting program based in a developing nation, and will communicate practical tools for improving parenting skills.
Sipelile Kaseke is the Regional Technical Coordinator for Business Development at RESPSSI (Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative). Dr. Lucie Cluver is a Professor of Child and Family Social Work in the Centre for Evidence-Based Social Intervention in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at Oxford University, and an Honorary Lecturer in Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town.
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