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Mission Statement

At traecan we aim to teach skills that relate to your experience at work, the way you live your life and way you maintain balance. Our mission is to engage experts in their fields to meet your needs for the above. Is there something you always wanted to attend, tell us here or watch this space here! and even present, read here?

We would present short courses and workshops that enhance your work skills. Most professions demand continued professional development (CPD). We aim to provide training in all areas for CPD and are constantly developing new products. With time we aim to provide training in professional English and skills that entrepreneurs would find helpful among others. We would also provide tutoring in maths, English and science.

Our life skills will help you to manage stress, raise your children, enhance your relationship and make good life choices.

But there is more to life than work and 'life'. We need to have fun and that is where balance comes in. We hope to provide short courses in hobbies such as photography, drawing, flower arranging and anything that looks as though it could add pleasure to life.

Quick Info to give context to current and future Workshops

Mental Health First Aid Kits ... read more  

Support for Parents of ADHD Children ... read more

What is ADHD? ... read more

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) ... read more

Depression ...  read more 

 Mental Health First Aid Kits 

Suddenly, unexpectedly, Neo started crying. Teacher Joyce saw and went to her, “What is it Neo?”

“It’s happening again, my heart is racing, I can’t breathe, Mam, I’m going to die!” Teacher Joyce looked at Neo with concern. She didn’t look good, her body was shaking and small drops of sweat glistened on her forehead.

Panic attacks are common, as are other forms of anxiety. Other mental illnesses are also prevalent We hear every year of teenagers who commit suicide after failing an exam or breaking up with a girlfriend. Often tragedies can be prevented and distress can be minimised if educators who have extensive contact with these learners know what to look for and what to do.

Mental health first aid is a term that has arisen in a number of countries, e.g. Australia and the USA. It is generally conceptualised as referring to “first responders” when there is possible mental or emotional distress. It is not currently a recognised term in South Africa, but appears to be extremely useful in various situations. This seems a very good skill for teachers to have.

In these workshops we help you: assess the problem, listen non-judgmentally, give reassurance and information, encourage professional help and learn ways of giving support.

We have put the course together so that our basic workshops form the modules of the course. They differ for pre-primary to grade six and grade seven to grade twelve.

Pre-Primary to Grade Six Mental Health First Aid Kit 

If you complete the following workshop, we will give you acknowledgement with a certificate that you are trained in mental health first aid for pre-primary to grade six learners.
• Identifying and managing dysgraphia, dyslexia, dyscalculia
• Anxiety in preschool and primary school children (Basic workshop)
• Help! Your child has ADHD! ADHD in preschool and primary school learners (Basic workshop).
• ABCs of dealing with anger, bad behaviour and conflict
• When children say they have been sexually abused.

Grade seven to Grade twelve Mental Health First Aid Kit

If you complete the following workshop, we will give you acknowledgement with a certificate that you are trained in mental health first aid for grade seven to twelve learners.
• Hijacked by anxiety – identifying and managing anxiety in high school learners (Basic workshop)
• Depression, self-harm, eating disorders and suicide risk in late primary school and high school
• Managing behaviour including cyberbullying (Basic workshop)
• Identifying and dealing with addictions (Basic workshop)
• Dealing with the after effects of traumatic events

Support for Parents of ADHD Children

Does your child's teacher complain that he does not listen, talks all the time, fidgets, interrupts, not complete his work, and is difficult to manage in the classroom? Your child may have ADHD.

ADHD (Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder) can be extremely difficult for parents to manage in the home and they normally would require support in some way. Children with ADHD and be very disruptive and demanding. Parents can feel helpless and overwhelmed.

See the next snippet for more information: What is ADHD?

Watch out for workshops and posts on this topic.



What is ADHD? 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder is a neurobiological disorder that affects approximately five per cent of the population.
ADHD, under different names, but referring to similar symptoms appears in clinical literature from the nineteenth century.
There is increasing evidence that the brains of people with ADHD work differently to the brains of people without ADHD.
Genetics and environment appear in interaction to play a role in causing ADHD.
ADHD affects an individual’s ability to:

  • attend to the task at hand (inattention);
  • regulate activity level (hyperactivity);
  • inhibit behaviour (impulsivity).

ADHD can be debilitating and affect a child’s ability to cope academically and socially. Their self-esteem is often negatively affected as they are often blamed for their symptoms or inability to show attention.
ADHD often occurs with other disorders, for example mood disorders, anxiety disorders and conduct disorder. Children may also present with difficulties in learning.
ADHD can be managed. Medication is effective in helping a child control the symptoms and has to be managed by the child’s parents with the assistance of a medical doctor. Behavioural interventions are helpful in changing behaviour and a mental health professional will assist you in designing a programme.
Teachers can assist children at school by minimising distractions and using behavioural programmes. It works best if parents are also involved.
There are many misconceptions regarding the treatment of ADHD.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 

(a possible future workshop)

CBT is everywhere! It is advertised as THE evidence-based intervention. Do you need an update on CBT?

Do you have the skills you need to treat depression, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder? CBT has good, effective techniques for dealing with all these problems.

We give a basic overview on cognitive behavioural therapy, the theory, the research and the basic techniques.

You will practice many of the techniques that you are introduced to in this workshop.


When depressed your whole body is affected. You may feel depressed, sad or deadened. Things that were interesting are no longer interesting. You are tired, but your sleep is poor and you find yourself waking in the middle of the night and not able to go back to sleep. 

You may struggle to focus and concentrate and your memory seems to have disappeared. You feel worthless and everything feels meaningless. Everything seems to become negative and it is hard to see hope in anything. You find yourself ruminating on the bad decisions you have made, people who have wronged you or bad experiences. Some people complain of body aches and pains. You may also be anxious. You may find yourself longing for death and possibly have thoughts of suicide.

You may get unhelpful comments from people such as “Get over it.”, “Just go and run!”, “You are just feeling sorry for yourself!” It may feel as though this will never get any better and you will always struggle.

It’s good to know that depression can be managed. There are many effective treatments. Join us in our webinar for a discussion on what depression looks like and what effective treatments exist. It is really possible to feel better!