Training

Trauma Informed Approaches to Aboriginal Wellbeing

Designed, developed and delivered by Aboriginal people for workers in the mental health or community service sectors who support Aboriginal people impacted by trauma.


While the impact of trauma is still under recognised in provision of mental health services, Aboriginal people have been using a trauma informed approach in response to the healing needs of Indigenous families and communities for nearly twenty years.

This training is designed, developed and delivered by Aboriginal people for workers in the mental health or community service sectors who support Aboriginal people impacted by trauma. This includes generational trauma, family violence, sexual assault, alcohol or drug problems and mental distress.

Created by the We Al-li program, this workshop is a celebration of life – a process of healing sharing and regeneration – which is equally relevant to Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers.

Who is this for?
  • Mental health workers
  • Community sector workers
  • Other workers who support Aboriginal people impacted by trauma

Course fee

MHCC Members Non-members
$409 $498

Completion options

Face-to-face Workshops
This qualification requires attendance at 2 full-day face-to-face training sessions.*

Statement of Participation
A statement of participation will be granted upon satisfactory attendance of the required training sessions.

*Subject to change. Training requirements will be confirmed upon enrolment.

Course content

  • Assess your true awareness of trauma and its impact on Indigenous Australian peoples.
  • Understand generational, collective-social, cultural and developmental trauma within Indigenous families and communities.
  • Understand cultural competency and cultural safety and how these related to trauma recovery.
  • Examine rights and responsibilities; who has rights and who responsible for what.
  • Promote self-governance and self-care for individuals, families and communities.
  • Explore how to sensitively integrate western and Indigenous cultural practices into service delivery, including art making and deep listening activities.
  • Understanding that recovery is possible for everyone regardless of how vulnerable they may appear.

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