Effective engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in mainstream services

Runtime 00:24:51
Released 29/5/19
Emerging Minds Podcast
Emerging Minds Podcast
Effective engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in mainstream services
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In this episode, we speak to Bill Wilson about what effective engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children looks like in non-Indigenous services. Bill is a narratively-trained social and emotional wellbeing worker who has worked extensively in the fields of alcohol and drugs, child protection, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and men’s health. He is a strong advocate for the strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities and the opportunity for them to be the change agents in their own lives.

In this episode you will learn: 
  • What does holistic engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families look like?  (02:58)
  • How to build rapport at the first engagement 04:13)
  • How service flexibility can increase engagement (08:16)
  • Therapeutic approaches that are effective with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (16:30)
The preferred terminology used by Emerging Minds in our resources is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, as guided by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing National Consultancy Group.
Further information and resources: 

Aboriginal mainstream service experience – where are we now? How data has shaped our response

Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority

More information on motivational interviewing

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