Now more than ever the role of mental health professionals is critical as we navigate the new reality brought about the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore we transit & offer KuZa program online!


KuZa program

KuZa is a program that focuses on the development of systemic practice in the counselling’s context of Kenya. It offers an unique and inspiring set of workshops started from the vision: ‘Leading from one Step Behind’ and it is packed with barefoot counselling methods based on real life problems.


It targets professionals, volunteers and students in counselling and psychology, social work and varied helping professions who deal with family issues on a regular basis. It offers powerful, pragmatic tools, knowledge and skills in the work field of (systemic) therapy with the aim to provide high quality counselling to multi-layered family and individual client issues.


KuZa is a 14 week course that comprises of:

+ 2 weeks of the training PFTS I ‘Progressive Family Therapy Skills’ I 4 workshops
+ 3 moments of supervision (3x 1on1)
+ 6 moments of peer group sessions (6x)
+ 2 weeks of preparation for practical experience/fieldwork
+ 4 weeks of practical experience/fieldwork

in different locations as Westlands, Eastlands and the professional’s own context.


Key elements of KuZa


A pragmatic approach to specifically guide family and couples counselling that equips the professional with tools that can be contextualised to different cultures in order to formulate sustainable interventions for tackling family issues.


An intense feedback system through supervision and intervision that allows the professional to work both on the intrapersonal and interpersonal relationship in order to emerge as an authentic family and couples therapist.


Practical experience and field work that is set in Mathare, an informal settlement in Eastlands, whereby Vizazi has partnered with local organisations to offer numerous interventions to emerge issues in the community that cater to their psychological and psycho-social needs. It is an environment where the benefits of therapy have been demystified in order to provide a great learning environment for our learners.

KuZa consists of three components:

Training PFTS I ‘Progressive Family Therapy Skills’

A training in Westlands in order to develop skills in relationship and family therapy through the following workshops:


Workshop 1: Skilled Counsellor

  • Introduction
  • PFTS summary
  • Success of a counsellor
  • Phases of counselling
  • Attitude of the counsellor
  • Circle of behavior
  • Practice on the spot: intake and engagement


Workshop 2: Family Exploration

  • Genogram including intergenerational analysis and sociogram
  • Family line of authority
  • Ecogram
  • Practice on the spot: multiple bias | connection versus allergy


Workshop 3: Power of Context

  • Social ecology
  • FIT’s of behavior & top 3
  • Behavior plans
  • Practice on the spot: rotating and gluing


Workshop 4: Concrete Methods

  • AMBC (Cognitive Therapy) AKA the remote control
  • Sequence of behavior
  • Anger Barometer | bombs of anger
  • Calculating behavior (analysis of profit & costs of behavior)
  • Mirroring including exaggeration
  • Practice on the spot: creating ownership … from complainers to owners


Duration: two weeks.

Practical experience and field work

SUP I ‘Social Upgrading Program’ in Mathare I Eastlands in order to develop skills in:

+ workshop / curriculum development

+ facilitation skills

+ research


This phase of the training provides the professional with an opportunity to test skills learnt on the ground with Vizazi’s local partners. It helps the participant gain insights on how counselling skills can be utilised in the community to tackle diverse psychological needs. During this pillar our KuZa research consultant guides the participants in the process of conducting assessment on the programs and collaborating with the KuZa community.


Mathare provides a great learning environment for this. It is a community that has been involved in the implementation of various training and supervision interventions to address the psychological and psychosocial needs. The participant will be under the guidance of a KuZa ambassador. This is a local partner and facilitator of the local partners of Vizazi from Mathare with a personal understanding of the Mathare context. Their role is to guide the participant through two components of field work through the ‘Social Upgrading Program’.


SUP includes:



Equip gives youth tools to think and act more responsible through a peer helping approach. The topics anger management, socials skills, social decision making and mutual help meetings will be covered.


‘My Drive in Life’

My Drive in Life’ I MDIL is a training tailored to motivational resources and gives insight into what is truly important in life. It guides youth to reflect and cope with daily challenges and get in touch with their personal motivational resources.



Sekete ‘The Real Sex Talk’ is a training for teens 10 to 14 years old and youth 14 to 18 years.  Youth are challenged to become aware of issues, prejudices and experiences in their sexuality, which increases their self-awareness, esteem and identity. This leads to more conscious choices concerning sex(uality).



Write Junior Club’ I WJC is a training for kids and teens that reduces the symptoms and stress of trauma. They learn how to cope and deal with their trauma’s by expressing their negative life events through a visual platform like drawings and writing.


The two elements:



The participant shall identify a psychosocial or psychological contextual issue for research under the Vizazi KuZa Framework.


Workshops and training

The participant shall be required to choose their preference in terms of building their competence as a facilitator:

+ Content creation level / curriculum development level
+ Facilitation skills level
+ Reinforcement of expertise


Duration: six weeks.


UTU I the Circle of Chats

The participant organises his/her own UTU in order to develop skills in:

+ Group facilitation

UTU, meaning humanity in Swahili, is a forum that creates safe and intimate spaces for individuals from different layers of society, cultures, ethnicity, gender and age to talk about specific issues affecting them. The role of the participant is to organise an UTU in their community/neighbourhood. The circle of chats creates communities that connect in similarities and find inspiration in differences as human beings.


Systemic therapy

The participant will guide a couple or family session in order to develop skills in:

+ Couples and family counselling

A videotaped session of a couple or family therapy will be an essential tool to learn from and with each other to enhance the skills of the participants.


Duration: two weeks.


Supervision and peer groups

There will be two sessions of 1on1 supervision with the leading therapist Wendy De Macker to build a personal relationship between herself and the participant. It will be organised at the start as an assessment tool with the participant and at the end of the program as an evaluation tool to anchor their progress. This serves to foster ownership, compassion and sustainable change in the participants personal and professional development. Besides this, 5 peer group meetings will be organised to optimalise the group dynamics as a crucial part of the learning curve of the participants.


Duration: five weeks.

Benefits of KuZa


  • Working closely with an expert trainer and systemic therapist in both private practice and in informal settlements in Nairobi I Kenya with over 15 years of experience
  • The program will recruit maximum 12 participants to guarantee a personal and intimate approach
  • Teams who provide support, advice and guidance during the research process to ensure of high quality, ethically sound research that is of benefit community
  • Focus is on building the unique counsellor through quality, integrity, energy, curiosity and authenticity according to the Vizazi values
  • Being part of the larger UTU community that promotes conversations on emerging contextual issues among diverse groups of people
  • Access to Mathare as a research rich environment through Vizazi partners under the ‘Social Upgrade Program’ that facilitates prototyping of evidence-based interventions in family therapy and training workshops
  • Learn how to adopt tools according to clients and context to incorporate their unique individual experience in the counselling journey
  • The course fee is affordable and can be paid in three instalments


Who is eligible?

The training targets, early career counsellors/psychologists, psychology students, volunteers, social workers, youth and community worker and others in helping professions who want to learn about dysfunctional elements within families and how to address them.


Academic requirements

Diploma in counselling and psychology and above or social science and/or practical experience (either working or volunteering in counselling psychology, social work, individuals working with youth and adolescents).


Cost of the program

The total cost of the next Cohort is yet to be determined and will be published asap.


It will cater for:

  • Full colour 33 pages PFTS participant handout
  • Personal 1on1 supervision
  • Refreshments for half day training
  • Lunch for full day training
  • Writing materials
  • Celebration including certificate



The first Cohort 2020 started on Tuesday 4th of February 2020 in Westlands. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a short break and KuZa online resumed on the 11th of May and ended on Friday 12th of June. Our KuZa training facilities are located at Rhapta Road 87 I Westlands I Nairobi: click here..


Next program details

+ February to April 2020
+ due to Covid-19 the second Cohort in the year 2020 has yet to be determined. An update will follow asap.


How to apply
This is a popular course and early application is advised. Interested? Click on this link to apply.


For more information about the KuZa program, reach out to the Vizazi team:

+ infovizazi@gmail.com
+ 254 (0) 711 927 666