Yarning Up on Trauma is an
intensive five day course for those who want to learn practical ways to better work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities that have experienced individual trauma, family trauma, Community trauma and historical/cultural trauma.

Yarning Up on Trauma uses a holistic model to understand trauma which is in contrast to many Western perspectives which focus primarily on the traumatised individual. In working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities, it is necessary to consider not only the impact of trauma on the individual but also on their families, Community and culture.

This training was originally developed in 2006 through a collaboration between Berry Street Take Two and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA). Since then, Yarning Up On Trauma has been delivered to over 500 workers all across Australia.

This course reflects a 'black and white approach' with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal trainers working together side by side.

You will learn

  • The holistic model of trauma: the nature and effects of trauma including physical, social, emotional and spiritual impacts.
  • To understand trauma in the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history: invasion, colonisation, Stolen Generations, disadvantage, institutionalised racism - mapping the history to place the trauma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples now in that context.
  • The attachment/connection network: What does attachment/connection mean for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples?
  • To identify ways in which trauma affects health, well-being and relationships with others.
  • To identify strategies and supports that assist in healing and working with clients who are living with and experiencing trauma: focusing on children and families today, in the context of the history of trauma.

Training Details

Venue:   Berry Street Central Office, 1 Salisbury Street Richmond VIC 3121
Dates:    Monday 4th - Friday 8th December 2017 (5 consecutive days)
Times:    9.15am - 3.30pm each day
Cost:      Early Bird Registration Price - $900 (inc GST) if registered and paid by Monday 6 November 
              Full Registration Price - $1,000 (inc GST)          

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