Black families in South Africa face seemingly endless challenges, and for many years they had no resources, knowledge, skills and competence to call on in times of distress. Although these families had nothing, they survived and somehow had capacities that they used for striving towards their aspirations, the solution of their problems, meeting of their needs and the enhancement of the quality of their lives. Although the previous political system in South Africa had a dramatic impact on family life, particularly among Black South Africans, families have survived. They have taken initiatives, summoned up resources and coped. Looking at families from a strength perspective the social worker will spend little time to understand what caused the problem and focus on uncovering their strengths. These strengths include survivor's pride, hope for the future, ability to understand another's needs and perspectives, the ability to identify and make choices about individual and family goals. This presentation will focus on the strengths of families in a deep rural area in South Africa where there are no resources and where most of them live in poverty but have survived all these years.
Recorded: July 2010 Brisbane, Australia
Coping Resilience & Hope Building, Asia Pacific Regional Conference
Organiser: The Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice