Edith Kriel, social worker and play therapist, Child Trauma Centre, Cape Town
Edith received the dean’s award for best student in social work. She developed the Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children to a multi-level service (1994-2000), initiated the Child Witness Project for RAPCAN (2001-2004), and developed the Healing Project for sexually abused children in co-operation with RAPCAN. Edith is the founding member of the Child Trauma Centre in Cape Town and Jelly Beanz Inc. She co-authored the “Voices of Hope – Healing stories for Africa’s children”, is requested to present regularly at national conferences and training for child protection and mental health professionals, as well as presenting a paper at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect conference 2012, and regularly being quoted in national media regarding child abuse issues. She regularly consults to various disciplines and organisations regarding child rights issues, and provides supervision to social workers and therapists. Outside of her therapeutic talents her strengths include her ability to influence and inspire others, to see the best in others and her sense of fun even while dealing with serious matters.