A healing-centred approach to violence prevention

Gisbon Jannecke
Chrysalis Academy

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Frederick (Toni) Sylvester
University of the Western Cape

In South africa, and many countries across the world, youth are often the victims and perpetrators of violence. Often society wishes to impose punitive measures to ensure redress. However, the academy over the last 23 years have begun to understand very deeply that many youth who are perpetrators of violence, have suffered deep and complex trauma. A holistic approach that recognises the whole human being and seeks to assist in excavating trauma, provides the best approach to ensuring that youth remain on a positive developmental trajectory, as it fosters connection with self, others and the environment. This healing centred approach places youth and their potential at the centre. It uses young peer as peer youth instructors, and the power of nature to cultivate wholeness, wellbeing and resilience. A healing-centred approach also recognises the need for a continuum of support and ongoing practice as it ensures that youth can change their embodiment from one of fear and sujugation to one of freedom and joy.
Gisbon Jannecke
 Gisbon Jannecke
Gisbon Jannecke is the current Training Operations Manager (T.O.M) at Chrysalis Academy. Before being appointed as the T.O.M, he was a Senior Instructor and was responsible for student management and execution of the structured daily programme according to a periodized plan. Gisbon graduated from the Chrysalis Academy’s 3-month structured programme in 2012 (class of 22 BRAVO) and gained valuable experience in working with Youth since then. After completing his postgraduate Internship, he started formal his studies in Child and Youth Care. He re-joined the organisation as a staff member in 2016.
Prior to joining the Chrysalis Academy as a staff member, Gisbon worked as a Child and Youth Care Worker for the Western Cape Department of Social Development. His experience is in working at Secure Care facilities with children and youth at risk and in conflict with the law.
It is clear that Gisbon’s passion is with Holistic Youth Development as he also holds a National Diploma in Fitness, which he obtained from the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. His interests and expertise are in Sports and Fitness for Youth Development and Peer mentoring.


Tuesday 13th of June 2023
1:00 - 1:45 pm
Room: Mahler Saal II