"It is my belief that the peoples of the earth live within the webs of cultural and social forces, much as stars and planets exist within webs of natural forces that both bind them together and keep them apart. Though we seem to live as separate individuals, nations, cultures, and faiths, we are one in our humanity."
– Heidi Hardin, Artist and Founder of Think Round Inc.
The CSDP is the program of the Ardicare Foundation, a California 501(c)(3) non profit private operating foundation.
Our Global Team
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Diana Canant has also lived, worked and studied in the UK and the USA. She has global experience as a trainer teaching cross-cultural communication, cultural orientation, job proficiency, learning-to-learn, and trauma and stress reduction for mental health professionals, lay practitioners, and community volunteers.
She has a degree in psychology, is a Certified Green Cross Traumatologist and an alumnus of the Harvard Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery Masters Certificate Program.
She is a member of a global network of professionals addressing the impact of global violence, conflict, and natural disaster.
She's developed the Community Self-Care Demonstration Program which teaches people how to help each to overcome the impact of adversity.
Raquel Garcia was born in Spain. She grew up in a small beach town in the Northern coast, being able to see the ocean the beautiful green of the trees, the vastness of the mountains.
In her own words: "Being in Nature provides me with this experience of 'being Home'.
"I came to San Francisco in my early 20s, for a year and a half, to study business. As life had planned, 22 years have passed, andI am here, work as a psychotherapist, have a few more wrinkles, a lot of mistakes, laughter, joys, sorrous; life has provided experiences that at times I do not find words for, and I have come to hold aspects of his adventure as beyond the realm of the intellect. Since I was a child, I have been drawn to the mystical, mysterios aspects of life, to human’s feelings, to going deeper into what moves us, makes us behave, feel, think….
"The path of psychotherapy and spirituality have beenof great guidance in my journey. These days I do not see them as separate, or different, but just aspects of our human experience. Holding each person, each being, as a manifestation of the wonder of what is, unique, greatly significant, and so small from a universal perspective….the paradoxes of life.
"My work, and life path is dedicated to the truth, the freedom to be what we truly are; this has lead me to the work of trauma and flourishing from its effects, “turning the tides”. I believe in the healing of the whole when we each heal. As Gandhi put it, “Be the Change you wish to see in the world”.
"With kindness, compassion, courage, humility, we open our hearts, and together we hold space for each and the whole to flourish."
A native of San Francisco, Leighsa Montrose has owned a successful floral and events design firm for the past 23 years. When trauma entered her life 2012 she went inward to grieve and “turn the tide”. Since that time her focus is to listen and bring relief to herself and others.
She serves at Kara, a grief support agency in Palo Alto, CA, which offers groups for youth, family and adults specific to death and end of life related loss. As a Program Support And Community Outreach Specialist at Kara, she is able to offer education, talks and facilitate a response when tragedy is present.
She is presently studying to be a Yoga For Grief Relief teacher and a Community Self-Care Demonstration Program (CSDP) Facilitator. Her adversity has shown its gifts though the support she now offers to her peers.
Jabulani Mahonisi has been working for LoveveLife in Johannesburg, South Africa for 10 years providing psycho social services. Before working as a Call Centre Operator he had worked as a groundBREAKER at Makomba-Ndlela Youth Movement where he delivered a variety of services including facilitating and implementing operational plans to deliver key components of LoveLife and Makomba-Ndlela programs in a rural area. In addition to the advocacy program, outreach to every person in every hut, and health promotion in the schools, Jabulani did strategic planning, managing, training, motivating, liaising, guiding, leading and facilitating operational staff and liaising with relevant stakeholders such as government officials, the community, and community based organizations. Jabulani organized all logistics and facilities required to ensure smooth delivery of the program as well as prepared detailed program reports.
Jabulani is passionate about creating an interactive and enjoyable environment that supports learning and providing solutions to people’s life challenges.
In 2008 Jabulani was trained in Traumatic Incident Reduction and Life Stress Reduction by Diana Canant from the Traumatic Incident Reduction Association. Because of that he has developed interest to become a CSDP facilitator.
Ansie Joubert is a qualified trainer and has been a member of instructional design teams designing training programmes in various fields. She is fluent in English and Afrikaans.
Ansie believes in people and in their ability to change. For Ansie there is nothing more satisfying than being instrumental in the transformation of some aspect of someone else’s life. As a training facilitator Ansie experiences deep contentment when people master skills and can better themselves and the quality of their lives as a result.
Ansie has also been involved with orphan projects in communities in South Africa and Zambia. She is troubled by the amount of trauma in our world today and the suffering of children in particular, disturbs her deeply.
She recently equipped herself to deal with trauma by attending Traumatic Incident Reduction workshops. She recognizes the value of Ardicare’s vision because she believes a more efficient approach than the conventional counsellor-client sessions is needed to reach those who have been traumatized and to bring about relief more quickly.
She is interested in bringing Ardicare’s program to people in Africa, particularly South Africa, Zambia, and the rescued child soldiers who are brought to Uganda from neighbouring South Sudan.
Refilwe Ntisane: I am a student of psychology and I am wired to help! I love working with people. I believe that no matter how bad the situation, there is good that exist and it outweighs the bad. Being grateful is a choice I make in hard times.
I worked for LoveLife for ten years. During this ten years I received a lot of training for HIV /AIDS, communication and TIR which I fell in love with. This gave me the best skill to help others. I am excited to be part of CSDP and I can't wait for the roll-out!
Susan Sluiter completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Johannesburg. For the last nine years she has worked as a psychologist at Anglo American Platinum Health Medical Centre in Rustenburg, South Africa.
"I work as part of a multidisciplinary medical and psychiatric team. We work over the broad spectrum of mental health and wellbeing related cases. I consider my colleagues more as family than colleagues. We are a good, happy, and hard-working team. I completed a TIR course in 2011 with Diana Canant. This amazing learning opened up an entire new paradigm in my approach to psychology and psychotherapy. Through the understanding of how our emotional experiences and our consequent emotional intentions affects us psychologically and through developing an understanding that we are able to alter thoseall-powerful emotional intentions, I developed a passion for TIR, not only as a trauma therapy tool but also as a fundamental psychotherapy tool. I have been using this tool since I learned how to use it and the results have been absolutely remarkable. It brings about permanent change in emotional wellbeing, cognition and behaviour not only in acute single trauma but also in depression, anxiety and any other unwanted states. I will continue to use and promote this powerful psychotherapy tool as much as I can and will endeavour to become involved in the teaching of it. It becomes an empowering tool in the hands of anyone who understands the reasoning behind it and who is passionate about making a relieving the after-effects of painful emotional experiences."
Nolikhula Johanna Tshabalala was born and raised in South Africa. She completed her matric at Qedilizwe Secondary School, continued with her studies at Stanford Business College, where her End-User-Computer Course included: MS Word, Ms Excel, MS Access, MS Power Point, Typing, Outlook and Publisher and later continued to do the Generic Management Course, which included: Business Management, Human Resource, Public Relation, Communication & Language, Life Orientation and Numeracy.
Johanna is also a qualified Health Care worker. She received her qualification from Healthnicon where she studied English, Anatomy and Physiology, Basic Human needs, Causes/Prevention of illness, Ethos and Etiquette, and First Aid.
In her life journey Johanna worked for Tiba Services for the Blind where she assisted in the day-to-day running of the Eye Clinic and for Hirt & Carter where she did the Omnis Graphics Data Capturing.
In 2015 she was trained by Diana Canant in The Community Self-Care Demonstration Program (CSDP) and was awarded with the Certification of Completion which recognized her for being: Trauma Informed and Trauma Aware, a Competent Listener able to use the Triangle of Success to help people in community to heal from traumatic experience.
Johanna frequently assists at local Old Age in Sebokeng Zone 13 and is also involved with Youth programs at her local church in Zone 14.
Born and raised in Haiti, Syndie Desir is a student in psychology. She is a volunteer in Rotary international and Past President of the Rotaract club ofPort-au-Prince during the year of 2015 -2016. She worked in the social field also
‘’I everyday facing urgent needs within my community that pushing me to engage projects and hoping to see a positive change in my community “ .
She has elaborated “one person one action" awareness raising campaign for individual involvement in protecting environment. And "Sove lavi" , save a child’s life, project that responds to the situation of malnourished children In the south east of the country. This project was nominated one of the 3 top best projects in the health category of the Miss Progress international contest.
She’s the Miss Progress Haiti 2016, also a model, she is a passionate about beauty pageants, Arts, music, and sports.
Co-founder of a non profit organization ETC ending the cycle. The mission of this organization is to support women and girls that experienced sexual or physical abuse trough education advocacy and trauma focused counseling.
“I always wanted to understand others and also to find the right ways to help them, which explains the choice of my career. I believe that mental health is important in order to keep the balance and I am happy to be able to work in this field”
When she met Diana in 2015, she was very interested to learn how to use the Community Self-care Demonstration Program (CSDP) And she start the training to become a CSPD Facilitator.
I am Albert Rupangwana. I was born in a small town of Chiredzi in Zimbabwe on the Estates of Hippo Valley on the 7th of July 1982. I grew up in a poverty stricken family without proper basic things. I paid for my school fees to go to secondary school by working on a farm where the school I attended was located. I came to SA to look for work to raise money to go further with my studies. I found it difficult to find work because I came to SA as a illegal immigrant without proper documents. I ended up loosing all my educational hopes of becoming a journalist one day.
Currently am living is SA as an unemployed person but with the skills which life taught me am currently busy with some projects of uplifting other people' through doing some events like career guidance, crime prevention campaigns, and soccer tournaments for the kids.
Given the opportunity to study to became a facilitator I will help my fellow communities surrounding me and also I will help my fellow Zimbabweans back home.
Naumi Poppy Moatshe was born and raised in South Africa. She was married and has two sons and two daughters.
She joined the South African Dept. of Defense in 1980. She underwent all the military training as a female soldier in the army. During her career she was trained as an HR functionary and a facilitator on cultural diversity.
She was appointed as the first female Warrant Officer of the Ceremonial in the history of the SA Army. Conducting all ceremonial activities from lowers level up to Presidential.
She was later appointed as the WO of the Inspector General in the SA Army, conducting the internal audits until she retired in 2016.
She has done Traumatic Incident Reduction, Life Stress Reduction, Transactional Analysis and Group Debriefing training and has attended the CSDP as an observer.
Poppy says that as a CSDP facilitator-in-training, “My intentions are to be a dedicated qualified facilitator and bring positive change in the society.”
The Community Self-care Demonstration Program changed Tara’s life. She earned her BA in Psychology but it wasn’t until her own therapist suggested the CSDP that she found relief from the anxiety and depression that she has experienced since childhood. She continues to witness the program’s healing effects—her paradigm shifting toward an ever growing sense of inner peace. She has been awarded the CSDP Certificate of Completion for being Trauma Informed, Trauma Aware, and a Competent Listener able to help people in the community to heal from traumatic experience. She is currently a CSDP Facilitator-in-Training, working to build a peer-based community that is wholly capable of healing traumas. It is a mission she believes is of the utmost importance. In her words, “There are so many people like me who are unaware of how past traumas control their behavior. We need to learn how this plays out in our daily lives and learn to free ourselves from its control.”
Linda Dias. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree specializing in Psychological Counselling, and I'm currently in the process of completing my Honors Degree in Psychology (final year student). My dream is to complete a Masters Degree in Psychology.
My past projects include volunteering at Bethany House Children's Home in Krugersdorp and I was also a dedicated counselor at SADAG (South African Depression and Anxiety Group).
I was diagnosed with Epilepsy when I was 12 years old. Since the diagnosis I have always been passionate to raise Epilepsy awareness and educate others on First aid for Epilepsy.
Being an avid Psychology student, I am dedicated and focused on promoting Epilepsy and Mental Health awareness.
I am also a wife and mother, a Worth Living ambassador, and I'm part of the Psychological Society of South Africa - Student Division FAQ and DRM team.