Kissa Mwangosi is Tanzanian and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Kissa joined COET in March 2015 to become a social worker and was driven to change careers by her passion for working with children. She took on the role as Manager at the transitional Girls’ Centre at COET. As the Girls’ Centre was new, she was tasked with developing the structure and environment. She received training from COET’s Development Worker on ‘Solution Focused Approaches’, and has successfully implemented these approaches within the new centre. This success, together with her passion and dedication to the Girls’ Centre, resulted in her received the opportunity to travel to Mexico in November 2015 to join a learning trip to Juconi, Mexico. On the trip, she learnt more about their intensive therapeutic approaches within their transitional centre and family work. On her return from the trip, she headed the implementation of more intensive approaches within COET’s Girls’ Centre, most notably adapting the positive discipline system and ‘special time’ approaches that are used by Juconi. In addition to this, she has successfully adapted the intensive family work approach from Juconi, and has been carrying out intensive family work with eight families belonging to girls at the centre.
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WORKSHOP: Sharing experiences of introducing therapeutic approaches with street-involved children and their families – adapted from JUCONI – to the Tanzanian context
This workshop will give you an insight into the way COET has implemented intensive therapeutic approaches that were adapted from our learning from JUCONI, specifically over the last year, within both our centre and family work. We will focus on highlighting specific challenges that we faced when bringing these approaches into the Tanzanian context and the measures that we took to adapt our approaches and programmes to fit the context. As part of the workshop, we will share a specific case study of a street involved girl and her family. This will help to visualise the certain techniques and approaches that we have been using in our individual work with her at our transitional centre, and also through our family work over the last year. The workshop will also provide you with an opportunity to experience on a practical level some of the approaches and techniques that we have used with the girl and family within our case study, approaches and techniques which many of the children and families that we support have responded to so well and which has shown to help to have a significant impact on their lives.