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Mental Health Assessment & Suicide Prevention

3 Day Workshop

Participants complete the Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Profile, which generates a cultural supervision plan.

The training has evidence of improving cultural competencies of participants.

  • Ensuring ‘cultural compatibility’ with clients – learn how cultural difference translates with counselling & engagement of Aboriginal clients
  • Assessing the difference between culture-bound syndromes and mental illness using evidence based tests and assessments;
  • Understanding the cultural formulation and manifestation of depression. Longing for Country, cultural grieving and how to incorporate resolution and healing with mainstream concepts of grief. Interventions for culture bound depression; how to develop community gatekeepers in the prevention of depression
  • ACCREDITATION in the Acculturation Scale for Aboriginal Australians – measuring the relevance of culture: differentiating between “being spiritually sung”/cursed & psychosis
  • Black Identity Formation as a model for incorporating identity into treatment planning
  • Self-harm and cultural ‘sorry’ cutting – the distinguishing characteristics; cultural grieving & spiritual visits versus psychosis,
  • Post-Traumatic Stress – cultural impacts on assessment and treatment. Attachment and cultural parenting – assessing and treating intergenerational trauma from forcible removal
  • ACCREDITATION in the Acculturative Stress Scale for Aboriginal Australians – to gauge the impact of racism, marginalization, within group racism (lateral violence) and cultural identity (adjustment)
  • ACCREDITATION in the Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist – Youth and Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist – Adults


  • Pre-workshop reading material
  • Cultural Competency Profile
  • Participant workbook of over 200 pages
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea