People, Policy, Place Seminar - Teah “Turn em around healing”: A therapeutic model for working with Indigenous communities and traumatised children

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Presenter:  Dr. Michelle Moss & Mr Anthony Duwun Lee

Date: Oct 20, 2016

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Contact person:  Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468

Location:  Where Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48

Dr. Michelle Moss
Lecturer at Charles Darwin University
Trained Creative Arts Therapist

Mr Anthony Duwun Lee
Traditional Healer & Artist
Traditional Owner of Larrakia

Are Western Models of therapeutic intervention with children from remote communities appropriate? How do Indigenous people conceptualise the spirit of trauma? This presentation explores these questions and presents a therapeutic model of practice that incorporates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concepts of healing and spirit within a creative therapeutic framework. Therapeutic intervention utilising Western theoretical models with Indigenous people who live remotely can be highly problematic. This is due to a combination of factors such as; unacknowledged intergenerational trauma, government policies and funding mechanisms, remoteness, biomedical models of practice that sit within a Western paradigm. The historical impact of past legislation, government interventions and an historical legacy of inadequate racist service provision proves a barrier that needs to be acknowledged and addressed prior to any service implementation. This model works on several levels, with the principles of community engagement and capacity building at its core, which enabled the provision of a culturally derived therapeutic intervention that involved a synergy of both Aboriginal and Western based healing practice.

About Dr. Michelle Moss
Michelle is a lecturer at Charles Darwin University. She is a trained Creative Arts Therapist who has worked for many years as a child and family counsellor and in child protection in various roles. Michelle received her PhD from James Cook University in 2012. “Dr Moss investigated the formation of identity for children and young people in out-of-home care with a particular emphasis on multi-cultural and Indigenous children. She explores the spiritual aspect of Indigenous identity and proposes a new working paradigm that acknowledges non-Western notions of identity in developing alternative ways of working with Indigenous children in out-of-home care.” Read Dr Ford’s full profile HERE

About Mr Anthony Duwun Lee
Anthony is a Traditional Owner of Larrakia and belongs to the Wardaman and Karrajarri people. He is a Traditional Healer and artist. He is passionate about the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal children. He possesses a deep spiritual understanding. He is currently coordinating a suicide prevention program in Darwin and has just finalised a resource in response to Larrakia intergenerational trauma. In 2008-2010 Michelle managed a new therapeutic service for traumatized Aboriginal children, who lived in remote communities in the NT. Together with Mr Lee they formulated a model of practice suitable for the remote Aboriginal context. Read Dr Ford’s full profile HERE

When Thursday 20 October 2016
10.30am – 11.30am
Morning tea provided

Where Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48

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