Honouring Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander voices in healing family violence

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Honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in healing family violence has been co-designed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners and community members. This trauma-informed and hope-inspired approach can help you to develop trusting relationships with First Nations families, allowing space for them to share their stories and take the lead in their healing journey.

In this online course, you’ll focus on reinforcing connections, strengths and skills through the support you provide to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders experiencing family violence. You’ll be encouraged to think about the whole family – their hopes, aspirations, strengths and stories of connection, as well as the individual and collective challenges they’ve faced.

You’ll explore how the impact of colonisation, racism, the forced removal of children, and other intergenerational traumas have led to the high rates of family violence seen in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities today. You’ll also learn how to set aside your own unconscious biases and hold space for families’ feelings of shame, while remaining compassionate, direct, honest and clear in your conversations.

Who is this course for?

This course will benefit non-Indigenous practitioners in mainstream health, education and social and community services working with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander families experiencing family violence.

How long does this course take?

This course features video interviews with experts and fictional scenarios, along with reading materials and reflective activities. It is designed to be undertaken individually, but can also be used as a prompt for conversations between colleagues.

Core learning

This course will take you approximately one-and-a-half hours to complete. This includes reading the written content, watching the videos and completing the reflection activities.

Further reading

Additional time can be spent reviewing the supporting resources included throughout the course.

You can undertake the course across multiple sessions at your own pace. The last screen you visit before logging off will be bookmarked and you will have the option of returning to that screen when you next log in.

Family violence interventions must be strengths-based and led, developed and driven by Community if they are to succeed.

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