Postgraduate education in family therapy

Our approach to training

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Postgraduate Certificate in Family Therapy for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Workers 


Key aspects of our training approach

1. Two trainers facilitate each class. Both are family therapy trained; one is Aboriginal and the other is non-Indigenous. 

2. Many of our students have had negative educational experiences prior to coming us. We try to create a safe learning environment where everyone feels and is respected.

3. We arrange for training to be located within students’ community, but away from their workplaces to give them the opportunity to be free from interruptions.

4. We recognise that students come to us with a range of strengths and prior knowledge.

5. We constantly learn from our students, as well as students learning from us.

6. We encourage students to actively question family therapy ideas and practices, and relate it what they know.

7. We supply healthy and tasty food, and ask for weekly feedback on the catering, venue and the day’s learning activities.

8. One of the trainers summarises the key points and feedback from the previous week’s class at the beginning of each lesson.

9. We respect that events outside the classroom can have a profound impact on our students (e.g., births, deaths, cultural events such as NAIDOC week).

10. New graduates are able to strengthen learnings from the course and to build confidence in their new skills by participating in 50 hours of follow up supervision with their peers. Monthly to 6-weekly group supervision sessions are facilitated by the course trainers who taught the graduates.

It was great the way that Banu would explain a theory and then Shaun would add the cultural lens to that particular theory. I thought that was great – it was actually a privilege to experience that ~ Graduate

Shaun understood the ‘shame job’ factor and made sure that no-one felt dumb, this I think is a very important understanding when teaching Koori people, and feel that it was a very positive and inclusive experience to have both an Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal trainer teaching us ~ Graduate

I think that it’s fantastic to get recognised for the skills you’ve already got, and to build on all those things ~ Graduate

My mum passed away in February and I was not in the best frame of mind for the weeks that followed but the other people that were at the course and the ongoing support was amazing… ~ Graduate

There is a need for the supervision to be maintained to develop a professional mob of Indigenous family therapists ~ Graduate


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