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Achieving anti-oppressive practice with a focus on reconciliation

Event Details
Date: 18 - 19 October 2018
Venue: Darwin, NT
CPD hrs: 25 hours
*$800 full fee / $700 early bird (6 weeks prior)

Organiser: Pamela Trotman & Christine Fejo-King
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By anchoring the workshop to anti-oppressive, critical social work, and Indigenist Theories the workshop will assist participants to link theory to practice; the AASW code of ethics; and the Reconciliation Action Plan.

The workshop is designed to assist participants to better position themselves towards achieving a more just, equitable and civil society with a focus on reconciliation: healing the wounds of past and present practices which have served to marginalise and disenfranchise Australia's First Peoples.

It will also offer participants conceptual frameworks with which to critique one's own practice; and current/proposed social policies towards strengthening individual and collective capacity to effectively participate in the shaping of just social practices and policies thereby achieving one of the the AASW core objectives.

Learning objectives

Though the application of Indigenist and Western theories:

  • Increase participant’s capacity and confidence to build effective relationships between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues, clients, and organisations as the foundation of a two-way culturally congruent and respectful practice.
  • Increase participant’s capacity to identify and manage negative dynamics which have the potential to impede the building of effective relationships and, hence to undermine one’s practice, and the advancement of anti-oppressive practice, and Reconciliation.
  • To increase and implement at various levels, proactive strategies, and positive learnings to maximise innovative approaches to Reconciliation and best practice when working with disempowered/disenfranchised groups.

Presenter details

Pamela Trotman

Pamela’s association with the First Australians extends over sixty years, forty-eight as a practicing Social Worker. Much of her professional life has converged with significant events in the history of social policy as it relates to Aboriginal Australians. She has lived in the Northern Territory for twenty-nine years, having spent the first half of her professional life working in health and child protection in metropolitan and regional NSW. Today Pamela works in private practice and seeks to contribute to social work knowledge through writing and teaching and has published on reconciliation and trauma. She has presented nationally and internationally on trauma, including the “Survivor Self”. Pamela is also a member of the AASW Reconciliation Taskforce. Late 2017, Pamela contributed to an Indian publication on Social Work Education: her chapter focusing on lessons from Critical Social Work practice.

Christine Fejo-King PhD

Christine is an Aboriginal woman from the Northern Territory. Her father was a Larrakia man and her mother is a Warumungu woman. Christine completed her BSW at the NTU in 1998 then moved to Canberra to work for the Australian Government. She has worked in the areas of mental health, substance misuse, aged care, palliative care, child protection, juvenile justice, and reconciliation. Christine has presented at national and international conferences. Whilst in Canberra Christine completed a PhD in Philosophy/Social Work and has recently moved back to the Northern Territory. She was the project manager and co-convenor with Dr. Michael Adams of the 3rd International Indigenous Social Work Conference held in Darwin in 2015. She has taught in various schools of social work and is a foundation member of the Australian College of Social Work and Chairperson of the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Worker’s Association. Christine was invited to present to the NT Royal Commission on Youth Justice outlining her work on kinship mapping and its importance in shaping culturally sensitive child protection responses.

Date and location

Larrakia Nation Office
Dick Ward Drive, Coconut Grove, Darwin.
18- 19 October 2018


$800 full fee / $700 early bird (6 weeks prior)


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