Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander workers
We have been at the forefront in delivering in Community the Postgraduate Certificate in Family Therapy program to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and family workers.
Since 2008, the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy has been delivered in Community to over 12 cohorts in Victoria and Townsville-Cooktown, Far North Queensland. Currently there are two cohorts being delivered on Wurundjeri and Gurrumbilbarra Country.
Who is it for
The program has been designed specifically for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child and family workers who are currently working in Community. Non-Aboriginal child and family workers who work primarily with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families can also apply. All applicants would need to be supported by their organisation.
The eligibility criteria for this course includes:
- Previous relevant training including a minimum Certificate IV in mental health, health, welfare or education with some understanding of counselling frameworks
- At least 3 years’ experience (not necessarily concurrent) working with Aboriginal families, and/or Community in a helping, support, counselling or community development role
Why study with us
This program is delivered within Community and utilises a `Black and White Approach’, where an Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal trainer facilitate each class. This forms a solid grounding for a culturally sensitive, respectful and inclusive program.
This innovative method of teaching delivers mainstream family therapy theories in culturally safe and meaningful ways and involves:
- assessing the cultural relevance of family therapy theory and comparing with Aboriginal Family Healing practices.
- grounding family therapy theory in the practice of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
- changing family therapy language to make it more accessible to the context in which people are working and then delivering both versions to the students.
- having the learning take place in an environment that does not evoke earlier shaming experiences.
- ensuring that the majority of the students in the class are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to avoid being “the other” and put into the role of spokesperson for Aboriginal culture(s).
- ensuring there is a shared understanding of First Nations cultures.
- critical reflection on how family therapy theories are or may not be culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
New graduates can strengthen learnings from the course and build confidence in their new skills by participating in 50 hours of follow-up supervision with their peers. Monthly to 6-weekly group supervision sessions are facilitated by the course trainers and take place in Community.
Read more about the program in The Bouverie Centre Aboriginal Family Therapy Training Program: Impact Analysis Report [PDF 2.8 MB].
The course, delivered in this format, is only available if external funding has been sourced to cover the cost of the training. If an organisation/ region is interested in funding their workers to complete this training, they will need to source the funding. We can assist with this process.