The program wishes to build on and enhance service providers bi-cultural awareness to have the confidence to create a culturally safe environment which will 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, we know using loss and grief changes people’s attitude because the Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief ‘exposes’ loss and grief as a human experience and it doesn’t discriminate. The Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief model is the basis of all our programs to describe the human cost that can’t be quantified by the written word: statistics, news articles; written policies, practices and procedures often (but not always) described destructively particularly historically, in numerous reports when documenting or reporting on Aboriginal Australians.
To impart confidence that's deeper and more meaningful in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal service providers to build rapport with your local Aboriginal community. The workshop demonstrates the meaning of inter-generational suppressed unresolved grief and how it has compounded and complicated the lives of their contemporary Aboriginal clients and in so doing, build confidence and rapport in the Aboriginal individual for their community. Similarly, the workshop will reveal there is actually nothing wrong with Aboriginal people they are only grieving and in so doing using loss and grief to prove Aboriginal disadvantage can become Aboriginal prosperity.
Similarly, by imparting intellectual knowledge and emotional skills, service providers can respond calmly and assertively to any adversarial queries, questions and comments relating to European and Australian history; traditional Aboriginal culture and contemporary issues that is commonly referred to as ‘Aboriginal disadvantage’. Furthermore, this workshop ‘up-skills’ service providers to reduce the practical time and the emotional effort it takes Aboriginal service providers to ‘educate’ their non-Aboriginal colleagues. In so doing, everyone in the workplace can continue moving forward to a workplace that is culturally safe for all staff and the Aboriginal community they support to be a place of equity, justice and work in partnership together, as modern Australians (see course outline).
This workshop could be a 1day or 2day workshop, which has three sessions:
You will learn why it’s important to value Aboriginal & Australian historyas being the cause of inter-generational suppressed, unresolved grief and how it’s compounded, and complicated contemporary Aboriginal peoples suppressed unresolved grief!
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 culturally sensitive and appropriate strategiesfor the needs of an Aboriginal individual to reduce grief fear, so an individual service provider can create a cultural safety environment! Philosophy: Create safety for the individual and the community will follow.