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Mental Health Rights Manual

An online guide to help explain your legal and human rights in the mental health and human services systems in New South Wales.

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Recovery Oriented Language Guide

Words are important. The language we use and the stories we tell have great significance to all involved.

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Aboriginal Trauma Informed Care & Practice

Facilitated by our friends at We Al-li, this workshop places emphasis on developing skills to create culturally safe healing environments, through building culturally competent professionals.

Course details

Aboriginal Trauma Informed Care & Practice begins to unpack ‘symptom as history’ by examining constructs of collective, historical, complex, developmental and generational trauma evident in many Indigenous, and other, communities.

The workshop places emphasis on developing skills to create culturally safe healing environments, through building culturally competent professionals. It presents tools for developing safe story work through geno-grams or story maps to help map generational stories that provide insight for both client and worker care into traumatic distress and generational resilience in healing or recovery from trauma.

Using the construct of circle work or yarning circle, the workshop opens opportunity to establish what is in the field in the client group, as well as what is in the workplace. Vicarious trauma can be a possible outcome of working with distressed clients so the concept of the intersection between communities of care and communities of practice in responding to vicarious trauma across the organisation, in the workforce and in communities is considered.

What you will learn
  • To utilise the practice of Dadirri as an ancient mindfulness tradition essential in all trauma recovery – community healing work.
  • Recognise the importance of cultural fitness in all community work.
  • Use the cultural tradition of mindfulness in self-care and care practice while undertaking trauma recovery work.
  • Identify issues of self-awareness and demonstrate the skills of journaling or story mapping as a conscious and cognitive record of the self-awareness, self-reflective process.
  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to enable effective communication in trauma recovery work using symbols, art and music in storytelling and story-mapping.
  • Define and support the development of communities of care.
  • Critically analyse concepts in establishing communities of practice and be able to respond to trauma recovery – healing across generations.
Who should enrol
  • Support, recovery, rehabilitation and peer workers
  • Team leaders
  • Frontline managers
  • Other staff who provide services to people with mental health conditions as part of their day-to-day work


MHCC takes the health and safety of our team and students seriously. We deliver in-person training with arrangements to minimise the spread of communicable diseases (such as COVID-19 or influenza).

See Health and Safety for details

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