THE Contact Family Counselling Centre (Contact FCC) delegation has left for South Africa to attend a two day multi-disciplinary conference to be held in Johannesburg.

The conference held under the theme, the bodies and minds of babies in relationship: dialogues in a multi-disciplinary context, is hosted by the Gauteng Association for Infant Mental Health (GAIMH) in collaboration with the University of Witwatersrand.

According to GAIMH on their website, “The aim of the conference is to establish greater awareness around infant mental health and to highlight the multi-disciplinary nature of the field.

The expected guests are individuals and stakeholders that work mainly with children and their families, organisations like, Contact FCC. The participants that are anticipated to attend the conference are from the following disciplines pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, social work, and speech and audiology early learning.

This conference is relevant to Contact FCC, as an organisation that deals with children and their families; hence it will help counsellors understand why clients behave in a certain manner.

During the conference, Grace Muzwuru Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) coordinator will make a presentation on one of departmental cases. The presentation focuses on the failure of maternal instinct furthermore showing the effects of child sexual on motherhood.

According to a South African based, Zimbabwean born child psychotherapist, June Manala, while addressing Contact FCC staff members in a one day conference held earlier this month, attachment and affection for children starts from conception to adulthood and it is important in the development of children.

Contact FCC representatives expressed their expectations before they (Contact FCC) left for South Africa, most of them were expecting to grasp knowledge from other participants as well as sharing with others the major activities of the organisation.

This conference comes after there is increase in crime in most parts of the world and most of these crimes are committed by juveniles, hence probing questions on how parents raise their children.

Pelagia Bhebhe, Contact FCC intern

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