The Indigenous Program: Working with Community

Reflective Practice Consultations

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An image of aboriginal artwork.

'Foot Steps to Healthy Families' pictured above is a story of the journey of engaging and maintaining Aboriginal people/families into family therapy healing/practices to bring about strong and healthy individuals, families and communities. The painting highlights the need for more Indigenous therapists and also demands that current Aboriginal health workers be recognised for their often innate healing qualities that are also undervalued. The larger number of Aboriginal figures than non-Aboriginal figures has demonstrated this, which is in opposition to the current trend. Read more

Artwork and story by Joanne Dwyer (2008) for the Indigenous Program

Support for workers in Community

Indigenous Program staff offer telephone and/or face-to-face support for:

  • Workers wanting to refer a family to our Indigenous Program for family therapy/healing
  • Workers who need to have a good yarn about a particularly challenging aspect of their work with families

Call (03) 9385 5100 and ask to speak to a member of the Indigenous Program to arrange a time for a confidential chat.

Support for services in Community

We are available for consultation via email, telephone or face-to-face around the following:

  • Planning and running training day/s suited to your workers’ professional development needs
  • Helping staff consolidate family therapy skills learnt in prior training
  • Exploring the establishment of a family therapy position in your organisation
  • Potential research partnerships that benefit Community
  • Facilitating two-hour reflective practice consultation sessions for your teams working with Aboriginal families. 

Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss further. Call (03) 9385 5100 and ask to speak to a member of the Indigenous Program or email Jacqui Sundbery at


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