This is a two day cultural competence workshop which will provide understanding, knowledge and skills to assist workers in community and support services to commence the journey to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This is course is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
Working together: The journey toward cultural competence with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
For non-Indigenous mental health practitioners
Resilience | Reconciliation | Respect
The workshop aims to provide non-Indigenous mental health practitioners and administrators with the cultural competence required to deliver mental health services within a social and emotional wellbeing framework and accommodate the social and historical determinants when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Cultural competence is required to successfully implement each level of stepped care with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the PHN region.
Workshop facilitators: Each workshop is facilitated by two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists.
Workshop materials: Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance, which allows AHPRA registered practitioners to claim Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.
Effectiveness of workshop
Between 2012 and 2015, a total of 970 administrators and mental health practitioners completed 76 2-day Journey Towards Cultural Competence workshops.
All (100%) participants stated they would recommend the workshop to others.
Key Domains of Competence
Participants were asked to rate their level of skills and knowledge against the six key domains of competence required to deliver mental health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, using a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score.
Before workshop: Less than half of participants (45%) began the workshop with self-ratings at 3 or higher against the key domains of competence.
After workshop: By the end of the workshop, 95% of participants had achieved self-ratings at 3 or higher against the key domains of competence.
Importantly, only one in three (33%) rated their ability to explain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concepts of social and emotional wellbeing at 3 or higher before the workshop. By the end of the workshop this rose to 99% of participants.