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Recognising and Responding to Trauma

Event Details
Date: 30th & 31st October 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm
Venue: AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
State: Victoria
CPD hrs: 13 hours

AASW Members: $460
Non-members: $590
AASW Students: $295
AASW New Graduates: $355

Organiser: AASW Victorian Branch
Further information

Phone: 03 9320 1012

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General information

Key topics of discussion will be:

  • What is Trauma – Complex, trans-generational and inter-generational
  • Understanding the history and ongoing trauma for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples
  • Understanding attachment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • The impact of trauma on the brain
  • How does trauma impact on the spiritual/cultural, physiological and psychological self.

Putting it into practice:

  • Responding to trauma in a culturally safe and appropriated way
  • Responding to children and young people when they are distressed
  • Easing the impact of trauma
  • Living and working together in and with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and their services
  • Vicarious trauma, self-care and culturally appropriate supervision
  • For participants to increasingly recognise the need for self- care, recognise the complexities of working and living in your own community and to be equipped with strategies to support their own wellbeing and care.

Learning objectives:

  • To increase participant knowledge on how experiences of trauma effect brain development, behavioural responses to trauma, and the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • To strengthen participant confidence in using trauma informed approaches in therapeutic support with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • To gain practical and transferable skills to respond to trauma related behaviours and attachment needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Who should attend

This workshop is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander workers in the community services and health sectors, including child protection, family violence, out-of-home care, early childhood, youth work, alcohol and other drugs, mental health and related sectors.

Participation in the workshop is also strongly encouraged for non-Indigenous workers who engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children in their work.


Dr Jenine Godwin-Thompson

Jenine is an Aboriginal researcher and educator. She has travelled widely performing her work nationally and internationally with both government and non-government services and programs as guest presenter, lecturer, facilitator, mentor on Aboriginal community and policy development, research, developing and delivering educational curriculums/workshops/lectures, implementing and coordinating culturally responsive programs for service delivery. As a “change agent”; Jenine focuses on enhancing the status of Aboriginal people through development and therefore independence towards self-determination.

David Ellis

David is a passionate supporter of social justice, addressing disadvantage and building community capacity processes across the Community Services and Health sectors and particularly when working with and training Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in areas including family violence, trauma, partnerships, social housing, disability and child and youth welfare. David has spent the last four years at SNAICC-National Voice for our Children, and prior to that he worked as a training consultant with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the Department of Human Services Office for Women, and for the previous 20 years as a Manager and Senior Training Consultant for the School of Health and Community Services at Swinburne University


AASW Melbourne Office
Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Our venue is close to Flemington Road and near the Royal Women's and Royal Melbourne Hospitals.

Please note: We recommend travelling via public transport if possible. Our office is close to the CBD and a short walk from the Haymarket Walk/Elizabeth Street tram stop (trams 19 & 59) and the Grattan Street tram stop (trams 55 & 59). Parking in the area is generally on-street, metered parking and is limited. There are limited 2 hour free street parking spaces near-by in Courtney Street or metered 4 hour parking in Blackwood Street, Howard Street and surrounds.

The Blackwood St Car Park (located on the ground level the AASW is located in) is currently offering a $9 flat rate per day per exit between 7:30am to 7:30pm. You must book online prior to arrival so you can be issued a pin number to enter and exit the car park. Visit Blackwood St Car Park.

There are facilities available outside the building to lock bikes.


Please see details on the right of this page to register. If you are a member ensure you login using your member ID and password.

13 CPD hours.
Category 2: Skills and Knowledge/Workshop

This event is close to capacity. Register early to avoid dissapointment.

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