Working with us mob: Psychology in an indigenous context

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NT conference: 14-16 July 2005
Charles Darwin University, Darwin

Working in an indigenous context is the focus of the Northern Territory Branch of the Australian Psychological Society’s 8th Annual Conference from 14 – 16 July 2005 at Charles Darwin University, Darwin.

Keynote speaker Tjanara Goreng Goreng, co-founder of the Foundation for Indigenous Trauma Recovery (FITRA), will undertake a two-day interactive workshop focussing on healing shame and understanding and recovering from acculturation. She has extensive experience as a psychotherapist working with recovery from generational family dysfunction, addiction and violence. Tjanara also trains health professionals in working bi-culturally with indigenous people.

Dr Tracey Westerman, the only Aboriginal person in Australia to have earned a PhD in clinical psychology, will present for half a day on issues of clinical consultation, assessment and direct clinical work and a range of issues pertinent for all practitioners working with indigenous peoples. Tracey, who was awarded the National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year 2002, will offer unique training and intervention packages specifically for Aboriginal people.

Dr Mary Morris, Dean of Health Sciences at Charles Darwin University, will also speak at the conference titled “Working with us mob: Psychology in indigenous contexts”, on the current and future directions of research in indigenous health and wellbeing in the Northern Territory.

Ms Vidula Garde, chair of the NT branch, says, “This conference seeks to provide a greater understanding of the issues involved in indigenous mental health. It also offers a professional development opportunity to all practitioners to develop best practice principles on indigenous ways of working in recovery, mental and emotional health, therapeutic and assessment services.”

Attendance at this conference fulfils the requirement for professional development for a range of professional bodies.

Delegates are invited to several social events associated with the conference, including an evening beachfront seafood barbecue and free sunset drinks and a trip to the Mindil Beach Markets.

For more information contact: Jodie Yorgey on (08) 8981 1335

Or visit the conference page: http://www.groups.psychology.org.au/nt/events_pd/