Arise Family is an NGO based in Cape Town, South Africa.

We believe that every child is created to be part of a thriving family. And our goal is to support families to thrive, however they are formed. In practice, this means we use strength-based and resilience building interventions as we work with children, parents and caregivers to strengthen and equip families so that they can be a place where children feel safe, loved, and find a sense of belonging.

Arise has over 14 years’ experience in programme development, facilitation, and working with children and families. Our team consists of psychologists, social workers and play therapists who have written and run these programmes in schools in the broader Cape Town area. We bring our education, experience, and skills to provide evidence based and strength building resources to South Africa in ways that promote growth and resilience. Finding Feelings is a programme that Arise Family has been running successfully for over 8 years and now we want to bring that programme to you!

Robyn Jacobs & Danielle Moosajie

Clinical Psychologist & Senior Social Worker

Robyn Jacobs (Clinical Psychologist) and Danielle Moosajie (Social Worker with Masters in Social Policy and Management) are experienced and accomplished facilitators.  Robyn and Danielle have over 25 years of combined experience in the field and were part of the team that recently won a Gold Award at the Community Chest Impumelelo Social Innovation Awards.  Together, they are responsible for the psychosocial programme development at Arise and have written, piloted and run various workshops in multiple schools and groups with great success.

What others have to say...

“I have just completed the Arise Finding Feelings and Fierce training and was SO impressed! I loved the heart, the care, the experience, knowledge and professionalism that went into putting such a wonderful resource together - thank you, Arise!”

Sharon Roche - School Counsellor

“My son has always been very emotional but unwilling to talk. This group not only helped him name his feelings but also through the parent feedback session allowed met o use language and understanding that he had learnt.”

Mother of Participant

“I have attended the Training for both the Arise Fierce and Finding feelings Workshops. I am so excited and can't wait to start implementing these programmes in my community. Robyn and Danielle are two amazing woman and they have made these programmes so accessible and easy to use. Besides that the information given is both practical and easy to apply, it is layered in research and reality.”

Karien Pitout - C3 Parenting Coach

“You can do and learn hard things when you are having fun!”

Rosemary de Kock - Social Worker

Why Emotional Literacy?

The words emotional literacy are everywhere today, but how equipped are you to actually help a child develop in this area?  Perhaps an easy-to-use guide filled with activities you can use together, or separately in your individual session would be helpful.  This online course is designed to equip professionals and trainers with the skills necessary to implement, facilitate and evaluate the Finding Feelings Emotional Literacy Development Programme, as they run it in their own spheres of influence. Finding Feelings is a group-based programme that aims to provide an opportunity to explore and implement positive strategies and coping skills designed to increase awareness of different emotions, healthy ways to express emotions and understand the feelings of others, all done a strength-based and resilience building approach.

By completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Use various skills involved in group facilitation including how to develop group norms, the purpose of ice-breakers, and the need for flexibility.

  • Utilize role play and modelling as a skill in facilitating groups.

  • Explain and run key activities in the programme..

  • Grow the self-awareness, develop the empathy and increase the optimism of the children they work with.

  • Help children identify, name, and express four key feelings, and 5 additional emotions, appropriately.

  • Teach various methods of relaxation and stress tolerance skills for children.

  • Facilitate the Finding Feelings programme.

  • Adapt Finding Feelings to your own needs and context.

  • Feel excited to work with children generate new ideas, activities and strategies for working with young children playfully.

The programme itself consists of 6 one-hour sessions that are experiential and fun!  The online course consists of 12 self-paced modules designed to give you everything you need to take this programme and make it your own!  We include monitoring and evaluation tools and optional parent feedback and follow up sessions to deepen your impact. Each trainer will be given a digital copy of the Finding Feelings manual, access to all the handouts used, and lists of resources needed to facilitate the programme.

Course curriculum

In short, the journey you are about to go on looks a little like this:

    1. Meet your Trainers

    2. How this course works

    1. Why emotional literacy?

    2. History of the Programme

    3. Structure of the Programme

    4. How we run finding feelings

    5. Practical Arrangements

    6. Managing Challenging Behaviour

    7. Group Facilitation Skills

    1. Ice-breakers

    2. Child Development & Context

    3. Self-Awareness Activity

    4. Breakdown of Session 1

    1. Feelings Bingo

    2. Breakdown of Session 2

    3. Magic Carpet Ride Relaxation Exercise

    1. Recognizing Feelings

    2. Breakdown of Session 3

    1. Energizers & Emotional Charades

    2. Breakdown of Session 4

Finding Feelings Details:

  • $56.00
  • 34 lessons
  • 4.5 hours of video content

Our hope in developing this programme is that by growing strong emotional awareness, the children in this prgramme will develop their social competence, increase their interpersonal skills and coping skills as well as enhancing their self-esteem and academic performance.  

Join Finding Feelings today!


You'll get access to...

  • 12 modules explaining:
    • how to develop group norms, the purpose of ice-breakers, and the need for flexibility.
    • How to use role play and modelling as a skill in facilitating groups.  
    • key activities in the programme to grow self-awareness, develop empathy and increase optimism.
    • Activities to help children identify, name and express four key feelings appropriately.
    • How to teach various relaxation and stress tolerance skills to children.
    • How to adapt finding feelings to meet your own needs and context.
    • How to conduct a robust evaluation of your programme and the tools to do it.
  • Checklists, worksheets, case studies and reflection activities to guide you as you develop all these facilitation skills.
  • A full list of all the easy to use materials you will need to run the programme.
  • Copies of all the handouts and resources needed in the programme.
  • A link to a dropbox for you to download word documents of all the agreements, intakes and forms you will need in running the programme so you can customize them to suit you.
  • Optional session plans for a parent feedback session and follow up sessions to ensure comprehensive monitoring and evaluation of your programme.

When you add it all up, that’s a lot!  

But you get all of this for the introductory price of $56/R950

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Our Money Back Guarantee

We’re so convinced that you will absolutely love our products, that we are willing to offer a 7 day risk-free money back guarantee.  If you are not satisfied with the digital product or e-course for any reason you can get a refund within 7 days of making a purchase.  We would ask that you kindly delete all copies of the downloads or digital products if you do request a refund.  Requesting a refund will also mean you lose access to the course platform and any future updates to the material.  If you request a refund and any physical product was shipped to you as part of the course, you will be required to ship the items in their original packaging and unused back to Arise Family before your refund will be arranged.  Any transaction fees associated with processing your credit card and the refund will be deducted from the amount of the course we refund to you.

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The questions people ask before saying “Yes, please!” to Finding Feelings!

  • What's the time investment for doing the course?

    You will have access to all 34 lessons, which comes to a total of 4 hours of videos. Each lesson is about 10-15 minutes, allowing you to watch in small time increments of time convenient to you. You also have lifetime access to the course so you can take as long as you need to work through the material, or dip back in whenever you need.

  • What's the time investment for activities? The

    The worksheets, activities and case studies can all be downloaded and completed in your own time. We recommend setting aside 20-30 minutes for each module to work through the activities. The learning really takes place through the interactive reflections and applications and are a vital part of the programme.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    Yes, the course is designed for you to go through it as fast or as slow as you would like. We suggest setting aside some time to go through a module a week, but you can access the lessons whenever you need to. Just log in and pick up where you left off, repeat lessons you’ve already watched or watch them all in one sitting. The choice is yours.

  • Is this course accredited?

    While all our facilitators are accredited professionals with their various professional governing bodies, the Finding Feelings course is not specifically accredited. The course is designed to provide you with iinformation that is relevant, research based and up to date. However, at this point, the online course is not accredited for specific bodies CPD or CEU points.

  • Will anyone be able to access information about me?

    All your details and information collected by Arise Family are kept confidential and records are maintained as governed by the POPI Act. Our privacy policy can be accessed here.

But just who should do this course? People with experience in running groups with children and some psychological understanding of children and groups. This includes: 

  • Teachers and school counsellors
  • Therapists, psychologists, counsellors, play therapists, social workers
  • Youth workers and after school programme co-ordinators
  • Those who work with children in psycho-social groups
  • YOU!


So… in short…

Get Finding Feelings – a practical guide to developing emotional literacy in Grade 1’s & 2’s, for the once off introductory price of $56.

Sign up for this 12-module course and walk away with an easy to use, evidence based programme designed for use in the South African market, but which is being used internationally.  

And by going through the course you will be equipped to:

  • List the stages of development that a group goes through
  • Describe various skills involved in group facilitation including how to develop group norms, the purpose of ice-breakers, and the need for flexibility.
  • Use role play and modelling as a skill in facilitating groups. 
  • Explain and use certain key activities in the programme
  • Grow the self-awareness, develop the empathy and increase the optimism of the children they work with
  • Help children identify, name, and express four key feelings appropriately
  • Illustrate various methods of relaxation and stress tolerance skills for children
  • Run the Finding Feelings programme
  • Conduct a robust evaluation of the programme you run, using M&E tools
  • Adapt Finding Feelings to your own needs and context.  
  • Feel excited to work with children generate new ideas, activities and strategies for working with young children playfully.