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Indigenous Healing Practices: Story Teaches – Art Heals

This presentation focuses on Indigenous Healing Practices and will be explained using Story as Teacher. The teacher is the Story a young Aboriginal woman gifted us after coming medicated and distressed from a mental health unit, seeking help. She taught us healing takes time; that sometimes it is painful and shameful, while also being powerful and life changing. Indigenous Critical Pedagogy in healing practices will be outlined to show trauma stories and social justice are entwined and that the skill of the therapist/healer is no more than to open a healing space and be fully present to witness and support the power of transformation. The transgenerational effects of trauma in Indigenous Australia', provides context to the life stories of people who have been moved from their country in a process that has created trauma trails, and the changes that can occur in the lives of people as they make connections with each other and share their stories of healing.


  • Explain the role of stories as healing practices
  • Discuss the term Indigenous Healing Practices
  • Describe the process of “educaring” within the context of Indigenous Healing Practices
  • Tell about the connection between traumatic experiences and social justice issues
  • Name at least three ways psychotherapists and counselors can support storytelling as a reparative experience for traumatized individuals

Judy Atkinson, PhD, OAM

Judy Atkinson PhD, OAM, Emeritus Professor is a Jiman Bundjalung (Aboriginal Australia) woman Previously Head of College and Professor of Indigenous Australian Studies at Southern Cross University, her primary academic and research focus is in the area of violence and relational trauma, and healing for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples. She was awarded the Carrick (Neville Bonner) Award in 2006 for her Innovative Curriculum Development and Teaching Practice, and in 2011 the Fritz Redlich award for Mental Health and Human Rights from the Harvard University Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery program. Judy retired at the end of 2010, so she can focus on working with communities in Australia, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea in trauma informed and trauma specific educational – healing work, what she calls educaring. She co-developed and delivered the Wollongong University Indigenous Trauma Recovery Practice Graduate Certificate; wrote the educational program to be delivered to the 14 Family Violence Prevention Legal Services across Australia; and is presently working with a group of scholars to design and deliver a Masters of Indigenous Healing Practices with a specific focus on healing recovery from the trans-generational trauma resulting from colonization and oppression of Indigenous Peoples.

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Who this course is for

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject

This course is offered at the introductory level.

Indigenous Healing Practices: Story Teaches – Art Heals

$35.00 USD

Program Only

Included features:

  • 50 Minute Lecture


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