TRE for Africa Foundation is supported by TRE Certification Trainers and TRE Providers in South Africa and internationally. Many use our website to offer TRE to the general public. They are dedicated to help those who are in need of TRE® as a self- directed, empowering modality for ongoing stress release and relief from symptoms of traumatic experience, be it mental, emotional or physical.
TRE® for Africa Foundation is affiliated with TRE for ALL Inc, the US based NPO who holds global copyright and licensing for the modality.
This article gives an overview of 33 projects initiated by TRE® Trainers and Providers in South Africa that reached more than 4000 people.
Only projects that were done pro bono or sponsored by people or organisations other than the beneficiaries are included.
Many projects have worked with children and youth whose start in life has been harsh – they may have been abandoned by their parents, or orphaned through HIV, or some are youth offenders from horrific family environments who are too young to go to prison but not able to go to mainstream school.
For all of these children and young people TRE® can offer a lifeline – a reset button giving them a chance to shake off some of the trauma of their childhood and build their resilience for their lives ahead. And once learned, TRE® can provide them with a tool for life to keep them in a space of calm and groundedness, and help them to be more resilient to the everyday stresses of life.
A lot of TRE projects have also focused on the carers – those who experience vicarious trauma through their work in hugely challenging conditions. One project focused on working with firefighters after the unprecedented fires that raged on Table Mountain in 2015 when most firefighters worked around the clock and were exposed to their own personal life safety, the loss of colleagues, and dealing with community members who had lost everything.
Our TRE Providers also worked with the staff of Pollsmoor high security prison, where huge overcrowding and limited resources puts demands on the staff on a daily basis. TRE has helped them to support each other and the inmates they serve more effectively.
TRE® Certification Trainers. Trainer trainees and Mentors (who are involved in training) together with TRE® Providers are driving the effort. This diagram only shows who initiated and managed the projects. Many more TRE® Providers have participated, lending their time and experience to the cause. We say ‘thank you’ to each one of them!
The diagram shows the means of project realisation. Increased funding and donations will greatly improve the work to bring TRE® to the people of South Africa and many more people will be benefiting from an easy and affordable method to lower their stress levels and raise their resilience.
The majority of projects ran for a 6 week cycle to teach TRE® to groups of people but 25% lasted onger than 12 months, some for several years and ongoing. Two of the long term projects resulted in published research papers and one ongoing project is the basis for a PHD paper.
Every project starts with an ‘Introduction to TRE®’ and many more stand-alone TRE® Introductions that are not part of this documentation have been facilitated throughout the years. Some of them result in ongoing work with groups or individuals and some reach further toward the training of TRE® Providers or Community Facilitators.
This is the current status of all 33 projects surveyed. More than 50% of them are either ongoing or have the potential to continue.
See below a list of all projects. More information can be found by following the link in the right hand side boxes, some lead to articles on this website, some lead to contact details of the project leader.
Download a copy of this article (includes contact details for TFAF and links to the website) : TRE® Project Infograph and List Aug 2018
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