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Niarm Marr Djambana Aboriginal Gathering Place

30 Nursery Avenue

Frankston, Victoria 3199

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Family violence impacts on Aboriginal people at vastly disproportionate rates and has devastating effects on Victorian Aboriginal communities. The disadvantage, dispossession and attempted destruction of Aboriginal cultures since colonisation have meant that family violence has proliferated in Aboriginal communities.

With funding from Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Indigenous Family Violence Strategy Community Initiatives Fund, The Aboriginal Health Alliance of the Peninsula Model is working with SNAICC to deliver the 'Recognising & Responding to Trauma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities' 2-day Trauma workshop for FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER WORKERS across the Frankston Mornington Peninsula.

The workshop is on Tuesday 6th March 9.30am-4.30pm & Wednesday 7th March 9.30am-4.30pm.

In consultation with the Healing Foundation, VACCA, the Australian Childhood Foundation and other Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations, SNAICC has developed a 2-day Trauma workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers who support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.

The learning objectives of the workshop are for participants to:

  1. To increase their knowledge on how experiences of trauma effect brain development, behavioural responses to stress, and general wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  2. To develop confidence in using trauma informed approaches in therapeutic work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.
  3. To gain practical and transferable skills to respond to trauma related behaviours and attachment needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  4. To increasingly recognise their own needs for self care in this context, the complexities of working and living in their own community and to be equipped with strategies to support their own wellbeing and care.

Learning Objectives:

  • What is Trauma – Complex, trans-generational and inter-generational
  • Trauma and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contact history
  • Understanding attachment for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children
  • The impact of trauma on the brain and development
  • How does trauma impact on identity and the spiritual/cultural, physiological and psychological self

Putting it into Practice:

  • Responding to trauma in a culturally appropriate way – healing through culture
  • Responding to children and young people when they are distressed
  • Easing the impact of trauma
  • Living and working in community
  • Vicarious trauma and self compassion
  • Supervision and debriefing

SNAICC will provide a selection of resources and handouts to participants of the program. Additional resources can be purchased, or downloaded from www.snaicc.org.au



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