Indigenous Mental Health, Complex Racial Trauma, Attachment & Suicide Prevention

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Indigenous Mental Health, Complex Racial Trauma, Attachment & Suicide Prevention

Original price was: $4,920.00.Current price is: $4,428.00. inc. GST

Dr Tracy Westerman’s ‘Indigenous Mental Health, Complex Racial Trauma, Attachment & Suicide Prevention’
Indigenous Psychological Services (IPS) has been at the forefront of research, development and delivery of cultural competency programs since 1998.


Earlybird registrations (8 weeks prior) enjoy a discounted rate.

How do I receive the discount?

Simply book and pay 8 weeks or more prior to the event date to receive the discounted price.

Terms and Conditions

In these terms and conditions, ‘you’ means the person attending (virtually or in-person) the workshop named in the registration or substituted in accordance with the terms and conditions, and ‘paying agency’ means the person or agency responsible for payment named in the registration.

1. By submitting this registration, you and the paying agency will be regarded as having made a firm and irrevocable booking, and agree to these terms and conditions. You warrant that you have the authority of the agency to submit the registration and to bind the agency to these terms and conditions.
2. Once the registration has been submitted, a tax invoice will be issued to the paying agency, which will be responsible for payment of the workshop fees named in your registration form. These are payable within 14 days of the issue date of the invoice, and funds must be cleared at least 2 full business days before training commences.
3. In the event that training is booked in the last week prior to commencement, payment must be made by credit card.

4. Places are not refundable or changeable to another workshop location within 21 days of Workshop date, however, places are able to be transferred to another participant from your agency to attend in your place. You must notify the agency in writing at the earliest opportunity and at least 72 hours before the workshop begins so our administration team can process the transfer.
5. Transfer of workshop registrations to a different date or location at least 21 days out may be made only if the workshops both take place in the same calendar year. If you wish to transfer your registration to a different workshop date or location, you must notify the agency in writing at least 21 days before the workshop from which you wish to transfer begins.
6. Workshops can only be transferred ‘like to like’ – meaning that you are only able to transfer an ‘in person workshop’ to an ‘in person workshop’ or a ‘virtual workshop’ to a ‘virtual workshop’ once registration occurs. This is due to the costs associated of hosting both training formats in tandem for our clients.

7. In the event that for any reason you cancel your registration, workshop fees are not refundable. IPS acknowledges personal circumstances may prevent you from attending (including medical conditions, emergencies, transport difficulties, severe weather conditions or other events beyond the control of IPS), but you and the paying agency acknowledge the logistics of event management prevents IPS from assuming responsibility for these contingencies.
8. Whilst IPS will endeavour to ensure all workshops proceed, IPS reserves the right to cancel workshops for any reason, including insufficient registrations. If workshops are cancelled by IPS, full refunds of workshop fees only will be provided. IPS will not be liable to you or the paying agency for any costs, expenses, losses or liabilities incurred as a result of the cancellation. You or any substituted delegate are strongly advised to book fully refundable or variable airfares and accommodation for in-person workshops.

9. IPS reserves the right to alter the workshop program, venue and timing at any time. IPS will not be liable for any costs, expenses, losses or liabilities incurred by you or the paying agency in the event of it being necessary, for whatever reason, to change the location or timing of the workshop.
10. Whilst IPS will use every endeavour to hold the workshop at the venue and on the dates specified in the registration form, any refund of registration fees requested as a result of changes to the workshop program, venue or scheduled workshop dates will be at the discretion of IPS.


Select your workshop location & date:



4 DAYS - from 9 AM – 4 PM
- PERTH - October 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th (2024)
- BRISBANE - October 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th (2024)
- SYDNEY - November 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th (2024)

$4,920 per person

As a multi-award winning psychologist and proud Njamal woman, Dr Westerman understands the difficulties practitioners face when working interculturally with Aboriginal clients, and the complex intersectionality of mental health, complex racial trauma, attachment and suicide prevention. With over 50,000 people who have attended her workshops over the last two decades she would arguably be one of the most in demand trainers in Australia. Her success comes from her unique ability to combine theory with practice and the countless number of highly complex clients and communities she has worked with through the healing journey. Her work in this area is seminal across multiple areas and you will walk away from this workshop a better practitioner for the experience. This training has evidence of improving cultural competencies of participants


Participants will:

  • Become accredited in the Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist for Youth (WASC-Y) for Youth aged 13-17 and the Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist for Adults (WASC-A) – the only culturally and clinically validated tools in Australia. These tools are now digital – meaning you can screen for risk with your phone!
  • Complete the Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Profile (CCP: Westerman, 2003) which provides a baseline of cultural competencies and generates a cultural supervision plan
  • Become accredited in the Acculturation Scale for Aboriginal Australians
  • Become accredited in the Acculturative Stress Scale for Aboriginal Australians
  • Receive pre‐workshop reading materials with a participant workbook (over 200 pages)
  • Receive comprehensive pre reading material prior to the workshop

Workshop is fully catered with morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea. Receive an extensive participant workbook

Topics covered include:

  • How to ensure ‘cultural compatibility’ and minimise the impact of common client‐practitioner barriers
  • Assessing for culture‐bound syndromes using evidence based tests and assessments
  • Determining the relevance of cultural connection in assessment (this includes accreditation in the Acculturation Scale for Aboriginal Australians listed above)
  • Culture Bound Depression – how to assess and treat from a clinical and cultural best practice perspective
  • The link between Depression and Suicide in Aboriginal People
  • Cultural Grieving and spiritual visits – understanding unresolved cultural grief and the relevance of clinical intervention
  • Understanding the clinical difference between self‐harm and cultural ‘sorry’ cutting
  • Post‐Traumatic Stress – cultural impacts on assessment and treatment. How racism compounds the trauma experience- racial trauma/trauma and complex trauma – what is the difference?
  • Assessing the impacts of racism, marginalization as hopelessness and helplessness for Aboriginal people at risk of suicide (this includes accreditation in the Acculturative Stress Scale for Aboriginal Australians listed above)
  • Understanding cultural attachment theory and how to use these differences to address the intergenerational transmission of trauma
  • The nature of Aboriginal suicide – translating differences into effective assessment and intervention strategies
  • Ensuring effective engagement with suicidal Aboriginal clients – an empirically tested engagement model
  • Determining and discussing suicide intent – the additional challenges with Aboriginal clients
  • IPS’ Whole of Community Suicide Intervention Programs– an effective community intervention model


Location & Date

Perth, October 7 – 10, Brisbane, October 22 – 25, Sydney, November 5 – 8