Shame and alcohol use among Aboriginal women

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A Judith Lumley Centre lunchtime seminar with Dr Anni Hine Moana

Wednesday 06 May 2020 12:30 pm until Wednesday 06 May 2020 01:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Judith Lumley Centre
Presented by:
Anni Hine Moana, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University
Type of Event:

“There’s a word for that”

Reporting on the role that shame can play in the development of alcohol problems amongst Australian Aboriginal women and the types of therapeutic approaches which have been experienced as helpful in challenging shame narratives and addressing harmful alcohol use

Apart from roles in higher education and research Dr Anni Hine Moana has worked in mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) services as a counsellor, counselling supervisor and clinical educator. Her approaches to counselling have been informed by post modernist ideas as expressed through narrative therapy, critical psychology and sociology.

Anni’s doctoral thesis explored the relationship of the self-conscious emotion of shame to alcohol problems as experienced by Australian Aboriginal women living in urban and regional areas of Victoria.
Anni’s research interests include the significance of language, issues of power and privilege in the development of therapeutic relationships and the effects of settler-colonisation on indigenous populations. She has presented papers at national and international conferences, appeared as a guest on the ABC program Life Matters and in 2018 was invited to participate in the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Anni has written and delivered course material for a number of undergraduate subjects, including those covering Addiction and Mental Health for the Bachelor of Community Mental Health (Addictions) at Chisholm and over the past five years has contributed course material for a number of subjects in the school of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University, which has included writing an updated version of Multicultural Approaches to Health and Wellbeing (PHE2MHW).
She currently teaches into a number of subjects in the School of Psychology and Public Health and works as a Research Fellow at Uniting Care ReGen Alcohol and Other Drugs service.

A member of the Conference Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (Addictions), Anni is also a past board member of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of Victoria.

Time and venue

6 May 2020
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Judith Lumley Centre, School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University

Zoom: [external link]

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