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Tree of Life: A workshop methodology for children, young people and adults

May 9, 2017

The Tree of Life is a psychosocial support tool based on narrative practices. It uses different parts of a tree as metaphors to represent the different aspects of our lives. It involves people drawing their own ‘Tree of Life’ in which they get to speak of their ‘roots’ (where they come from), their skills and… View Article

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Vulnerability Assessment Handbook for Economic Strengthening Projects

May 9, 2017

The ASPIRES Vulnerability Assessment Handbook for Economic Strengthening Projects provides guidance for implementers looking to understand the economic vulnerabilities and strengths of their participant populations. The handbook includes a framework for understanding economic vulnerability in the HIV context and common research methods for assessing vulnerability. The handbook brings theory to practice by reviewing field-tested tools… View Article

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Parenting, the other oldest profession in the world – a cross-sectional study of parenting and child outcomes in South Africa and Malawi

May 8, 2017

Cross-sectional analysis was done on data from the Child Community Care study in Malawi and South Africa to look at the relationship between situational factors such as poverty, mental health, HIV status, living with a biological parent, and stigma with good parenting and child outcomes. The results point to possible intervention points; Influences on parenting… View Article

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Lessons learned from evaluating care and support programmes for HIV-affected children and families in South Africa

May 8, 2017

A structured review was conducted of five evaluations on vulnerable children programs conducted by Tulane University in South Africa between 2010 and 2016. This brief summarizes the lessons learned from those evaluations such as keeping ethical considerations at the forefront, collaborating with program partners, and adapting evaluation designs to local contexts.

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A structured support group improves bereaved female adolescents’ psychological health: Results from a randomized controlled trial in South Africa

May 8, 2017

This policy brief is based on findings from a randomized control trial of a therapy intervention to improve the psychological health of bereaved adolescent young women. There is a great need for psychological support in settings of high HIV prevalence; the study commends programs to include psychological health interventions in their program design and offers… View Article

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Best Practices for Evaluating Care and Support Programs for HIV-Affected Families: Lesson Learned from South Africa in “Getting to Zero: Global Social Work Responds to HIV”

May 8, 2017

This publication puts social workers in their rightful place on the front lines of the fight against HIV. Through chapter case studies, the work of social workers is highlighted in the work to end HIV infections, stigma, and AIDS-related deaths. Examples are also given of social workers’ macro-level work on policy and professional development in… View Article

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Effect of a bereavement support group on female adolescents’ psychological health: a randomised controlled trial in South Africa

May 8, 2017

A randomized control trial in South Africa tested the efficacy of cognitive behavior based therapy that used contextual, indigenous stories in a support group setting to improve the psychological health of bereaved female adolescents. The program, known as Abangane (“friends” in isiZulu), was implemented by social workers or trained auxiliary social workers so it is… View Article

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New study reveals nearly one third of HIV clients travel outside of their Local Government Area (LGA) for health care in Nigeria

May 8, 2017

For the most significant epidemiological impact, PEPFAR 3.0 is focusing investments on the highest impact interventions in key geographic areas where data demonstrate the highest prevalence of HIV. 4Children conducted this study to map the catchment area of the comprehensive HIV care and treatment facilities to show the spatial relationship between the clients’ residences compared… View Article

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Viewing Party Toolkit: 4th Annual Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Symposium

April 24, 2017

WHAT IS A VIEWING PARTY? A viewing party is an opportunity to gather together with colleagues and fellow social service workforce advocates to remotely participate, share information, expand knowledge, and discuss important issues in case management approaches that strengthen the social service workforce and delivery of services to vulnerable children and families. WHY HOST A… View Article

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Methodologies to Capture the Multidimensional Effects of Economic Strengthening Interventions

April 24, 2017

This brief presents strategies for examining the multidimensional effects of economic strengthening interventions with a specific focus on the health and well-being of adolescent beneficiaries aged 10–19, highlighting both research gaps and opportunities. The brief provides a snapshot of of projects which sought to obtain data on economic strengthening interventions and their effect on adolescent… View Article

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