Welcome to KuZa Cohort II

We are delighted to present yet another opportunity for young counselling professionals to grow personally and professionally from a systemic perspective. Our goal is to grow young counsellors to be confident, self-aware professionals providing high quality counselling services within the Nairobi context and beyond.


There are numerous counsellors graduating every year in Kenya struggling to transition from university into the professional space. They have the knowledge, but are unable to apply it due to lack of spaces where they can explore who they are as a person and what they want to do as a counsellor. KuZa has been designed with the young counselling professional in mind. KuZa meets the need for feedback, learning from colleagues, concrete tools, counselling opportunities and most of all growing cultural competence.


Hats off to the KuZa program Cohort I participants for the determination they showed even with the Covid -19 pandemic to successfully achieve both their personal and professional goals. We are truly grateful for their feedback, that has further enriched the KuZa program to meet the unique needs of the young counselling professionals.


Apply for KuZa cohort II! It comes with more supervision moments, opportunities to practise skills, ‘Social Upgrading Program’ for research and so much more all at the cost of 66,000 kes (possible to pay in three instalments).

Apply here!

This is a popular course and early application is advised. Interested?

Click on this link to apply

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)
+ 5 moments of supervised online Peer2Peer counselling sessions (5x)
+ 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


KuZa improv

KuZa improv borrows from improvisational theatre. It enables KuZa participants to practice on the spot skills learnt in the PFTS workshops. It aims to refine and finetune communication skills, listening skills, collaboration skills and above all creativity.  Counsellors and other professionals in helping professions through KuZa improv learn how to respond to new contexts, clients, and situations by creating new experiences and new stories for their clients.


Duration: two weeks.

Practical experience & field work (Mathare & own context)

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 two couple or family session in order to develop skills in:

+ Couples and family counselling

The videotaped sessions of the 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.

Peer2Peer counselling

The KuZa Peer2Peer counselling pillar is a peer helping approach that allows KuZa participants learn from each other. It consists of online individual counselling sessions offered by a fellow KuZa participant and supervised by a systemic therapy supervisor. In the sessions, real issues are shared and the KuZa participant is able to walk with a client for 5 sessions. This helps them to learn how to put theory into practice from a systemic point of view when working with an individual.


Duration: five weeks

1on1 supervision & peer groups

There will be three 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 optimise the group dynamics as a crucial part of the learning curve of the participants.


Duration: zeven 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 KuZa program Cohort II: 66,000 kes
We offer participants to settle the charges in three instalments:
+ first instalment of 36,000 kes (mandatory to be paid before the start date of the program)

+ second instalment of 20,000 kes (mandatory to be paid one month into the program)

+ third and final instalment of 10,000 kes (mandatory to be paid two months into the program)


It will cater for:

  • Full colour 33 pages PFTS participant handout, including detailed Power Point Presentation
  • Personal 1on1 supervision
  • Refreshments for half day training
  • Writing materials
  • Celebration including certificate


The KuZa scholarship Fund
at Vizazi we are aware that not every person can meet the KuZa program cost. Our goal is to ensure accessibility of the KuZa program to all young counsellors who resonate with this learning opportunity. Therefore our scholarship opportunity offers two options:
+ 2/3 of the program fees equivalent to 44,000 kes
+ 1/3 of the program fees equivalent to 22,000 kes

Vizazi and partners have (very) limited spots for applicants who wish to benefit from the KuZa scholarship program. Thorough screening will be conducted to ensure the deserving applicants are supported. The KuZa application form will guide you in this process.



The next KuZa Cohort II program will start on Tuesday 31th of August and will end on Saturday 4th of December for the total duration of 14 weeks. Our KuZa training facilities are located at Rhapta Road 87 I Westlands I Nairobi: click here..


Next KuZa program Cohort II details

+ 31.08.2021 – 04.12.2021 (total of 14 weeks)
+ deadline application: 31.07.2021
+ costs: 66,000 KES (sixty six thousands Kenyan Shillings I option to pay in three instalments)


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