Fear of Failure Workshop

Fear of failure affects people of all ages. This affects children in a variety of ways, from struggling to make friends to the fear of making a mistake in tests. This often results in the child, or adult, remaining frozen and unable to initiate tasks. For parents and educators helping a child who has fear of failure can be a big challenge. This talk will focus on addressing these challenges from a contextual perspective. It will explain how concepts like give-and-take and intergenerational delegations impact on the challenges that children and adults experience regarding fear of failure.

Contextual Therapy

Every individual functions within the context of their family of origin.  Contextual therapy aims to address the balance of give-and-take in relationships. During therapy, the focus is on helping the client understand the intergenerational legacies that exist in their family. The aim is to bring about trust and mutual understanding between family members and focuses on fostering constructive changes within the family system. 

The Presenter

Dr Ard Nieuwenbroek

Ard Nieuwenbroek was born in the Netherlands in 1949. He is the father of four and the grandfather of eight.

In 1971, he started his professional career as a primary school teacher. He resumed his studies from 1976 until 1991. During this time he completed his training in social and special education. He also became a qualified Contextual Therapist and in 1985 he graduated with his Doctorate in Education. His PhD thesis was well received in the educational sector in Holland and a number of schools began implementing his fear of failure guidance programmes. He continued to work in the school setting, specifically assisting children with special education needs. He also worked as a psychotherapist for children and adults.

Since 1992 he has been working as an educational advisor and trainer for teachers in primary and secondary schools. He has authored 28 books on the subjects of fear of failure, childhood socio-emotional problems, contextual therapy, depression, divorce and family crisis. Ard also continues to run a thriving therapeutic practice in Holland, where he assists clients using the Contextual Therapy Approach.


Dr Tanya Defferary - Counselling Psychologist

Tanya Defferary formally qualified as a Counselling Psychologist in 2009 and graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) degree from Nelson Mandela University in 2016.

Since she qualified in 2009, Tanya has worked as a school psychologist, at children’s homes and has run a private practice in Port Elizabeth. She held the position of Senior Psychology Lecturer and Bachelor of Psychology Level 4 Coordinator at the Pearson Institute of Higher Education for seven years. More recently she has begun offering her professional services as an independent contractor, developing and facilitating a host of workshops on a variety of topics across South Africa.

Tanya met Dr Ard Nieuwenbroek in 2010 when he held his first introductory Contextual Therapy Talk in Port Elizabeth. Since then, under his tutelage, she has trained as a Contextual Therapist and has co-facilitated many Contextual Therapy Workshops with him. In July 2017 while presenting a paper based on her PhD at the European Congress of Psychology in Amsterdam, Tanya was privileged to have an opportunity to spend time with Ard in his practice, observing Contextual Therapy at work.

Chrizelle Prinsloo - Kip McGrath Education Centres Walmer

Chrizelle Prinsloo completed her studies in B.Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch in 2003. She started her teaching career as a teacher’s assistant and obtained her Postgraduate Certificate Education through Unisa. After qualifying in 2004 she taught in South Africa and the Middle East. During this time she taught in both mainstream and special needs education, within government, private and international schools. In 2015 Chrizelle became the owner of Kip McGrath Education Centres Walmer.

Kip McGrath Education Centres is an Australian-based company. It was started by Kip and his wife in 1976. They devised carefully graded curriculum programmes in English, Reading, Spelling and Mathematics. Their traditional approach to teaching and learning is enhanced by the use of specifically designed computer software, text books, activity sheets and homework materials. The result is a motivating programme designed to help children overcome their difficulties in these core and most critical subjects.

Workshop 1

Date:                           Monday, 26 February 2018

Time:                          17:30 for 18:00 - 20:00

Target Audience:     Parents, teachers and professionals (psychologists, speech therapists, audiologists and occupational therapists)

Price:                          R200 per person

Workshop 2

Date:                           Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Time:                          17:30 for 18:00 - 20:00

Target Audience:     Adolescents from grade 6 to 12, their parents are also encouraged to attend

Price:                          R200 per person


The workshops will be held in the Grey Junior School Hall.

College Dr, Mill Park, Port Elizabeth