The program wishes to build on and enhance service providers bi-cultural awareness and confidence to create a culturally safe environment and enable the Aboriginal community to access their local mainstream services in the absence of local Aboriginal organisations.
Why do we need a unique & innovative bi-cultural program?
Because organisations can design and legislate against all forms of discrimination and specifically all levels of racially motivated comments and behaviours however it may not change people’s attitude – old myths, misconceptions and stereo-typical views.
With 30 years of personal and professional experiences in this field, I have learned that by examining and understanding loss and grief people’s attitudes change. My work developing the Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief model exposed loss and grief as a human experience that doesn’t discriminate.
The Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief is the basis of all our programs and describes the human cost of loss and grief that can’t be quantified by the written word: statistics, news articles; written policies, practices and procedures, often described destructively, particularly historically, in numerous reports when documenting or reporting on Aboriginal Australians.
The workshop demonstrates the meaning of inter-generational suppressed unresolved grief and exposes how it has compounded and complicated the lives of contemporary Aboriginal people. The workshop aims to impart confidence to expand the service providers capabilities to build rapport with their local Aboriginal community and in so doing build confidence and rapport with the Aboriginal individual. The workshop will reveal there is nothing actually wrong with Aboriginal people, they are only grieving, and in so doing help restore Aboriginal prosperity.
Service providers will learn strategies for calm and assertive responses to any adversarial queries, questions and comments relating to European and Australian history; traditional Aboriginal culture and contemporary issues commonly referred to as ‘Aboriginal disadvantage’.
You will learn why it’s important to value Aboriginal & Australian history in relation to inter-generational suppressed, unresolved grief and its impact on the lives of contemporary Aboriginal people.
You will learn an Aboriginal approach to using a culturally sensitive and appropriate loss and grief theory and will demonstrate how it is a missing link to achieving Aboriginal prosperity.
You will learn how to build a culturally safe environment (physical) and culturally appropriate strategies (emotional) to reduce grief fear in the Aboriginal individual. Create safety for the individual and the community will follow!