Men's Facilitator Training

Recreating Songlines from Trauma Trails:
The ceremony of Indigenous Facilitation Practice


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About this workshop

This five-day residential intensive workshop has been designed for people who are wanting to deepen their personal and professional development in Indigenous Facilitation Practice in the trauma healing space AND/OR for people that are wanting to continue to learn, through being actively involved in We Al-li’s mentorship model, through on the job training in the 14 workshops that We Al-li deliver, progressing from Facilitator In Training to Co-Facilitator and if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, to Lead Facilitator.

This 5-day intensive will enhance the many skills YOU bring with you and introduce you to the We Al-li way of working. Our workshops are experiential, focusing on process work as an embodied learning approach and deep and at times confronting sessions that can challenge both the Facilitator and the participants. All activities are of course your choice however we would encourage you to fully immerse yourself in the 5-day workshop as a platform to strengthen your Facilitation skills from the inside out. This will include a strong emphasis on self-care and developing a Community of Care within the group. This process will support your own exploration.

The first day of the workshop will involve “setting the scene” and “creating safety”. We will give you the background of our ways of knowing, being and doing as We Al-li Facilitators. The next three days will involve going through the 6 stages of healing model guided by what is in the field and through the construction of a personal story map. This will be a deeply experiential and embodied process. The last day of the workshop will be an opportunity for workshop participants to integrate and share their learnings in the ceremony of reciprocity through group presentations (you are strongly encouraged to journal throughout the workshop to assist the presentation on the last day).

A Five Day Training Program for men only developing facilitation skills for professional practice

Aims of this workshop:

The main aim of this workshop is to create a safe circle to enable participants to immerse themselves in Indigenous Facilitation Practices from an experiential perspective, drop into truth telling (past, present and future) and find and tell their stories, make sense of their stories, feel the feelings, move through the layers of loss, grief and trauma to ownership of choices, leading to strengthening cultural and spiritual identities – both individually and collectively – recreating song lines and healing trails.

Objectives of this workshop:

The workshop objectives are to establish a safe circle through observing protocol and ceremony to facilitate the mapping of trauma and the process of healing – recreating our song lines and healing trails from a Facilitators’/ Participants’ perspective. This will be facilitated through experiential processes using art, symbols, music, theatre, emotional release, body work, storytelling and mapping and reflective discussion embodied in deep listening. These processes embody the learnings and provide participants with culturally responsive trauma specific tools for use in the field as Facilitators. This training focuses on both the personal and professional, providing participants with deep reflective practice tools, de-briefing processes and strong peer to peer relationships that develop strong and sustainable communities of care and practice and Facilitators that are equipped to work in this space.

Download the course brochure here.

This Workshop is suitable for anyone working in the Human Service Sector.

PACFA CPD Endorsed: 
Class A:  37.5 hours

Cost: $2,750 per person (includes GST). Choose from full payment upfront, or 5 monthly payments.

Optional Extra: To book accommodation at the Stamford Grand at the discounted rate, email David Ryan at [email protected] or phone 0499 993 413 with requested check in and check out dates.

Dates: Monday 21st November to Friday 25th November, 2022

Times: 9:00am – 4:30pm, daily

Venue: Stamford Grand Adelaide, 2 Jetty Road Glenelg, SA

What is Provided: 

  • Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
  • All workshop resources: Facilitators Manual, Certificate of Attainment, Copy of Judy Atkinson’s Trauma Trails, Ongoing mentoring and support, Boxed set of Healing Cards

Disclaimer: Due to the limited number of places, We Al-li reserves the right to select who can attend this workshop. The primary aim is for us to identify future facilitators to work with us. It may be that even if you have paid we may later inform you that you have not been successful in your application. In that case your payment will be refunded within 7 days.

 Our Facilitators

Carlie Atkinson


Carlie (Caroline) Atkinson is a Bundjalung and Yiman women and an accredited Social Worker with a PhD (Charles Darwin University, 2009). Dr. Atkinson is an international leader in complex and intergenerational trauma and strengthsbased healing approaches in Indigenous Australia. She is the CEO of her family organisation, We Al-li, designing and coordinating delivery of Culturally Informed Trauma Integrated Healing Approaches (CITIHA) training and resource development for organisations and communities across Australia focusing on systems transformation and implementation. Dr Atkinson is regularly invited to participate in policy and other high-level meetings for government and non-government organisations. She is the convenor of PACFA’s newly formed College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices, CI on the NHMRC funded Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future project, and leads We Al-li’s effort in partnership with Griffith University to embed CITIHA into the curriculum.

Ash Dargan


Ash is a Larrakia artist, storyteller, adventurer and educator from Darwin in the Top End. He is one of Australia’s most recorded Didgeridoo artists and has achieved worldwide acclaim for his unique style of storytelling and live musical performance since the 90’s. As classically trained musician and world music producer he was nominated for best new release at the Deadly Music Awards 2000 and for best new release at the Native American Music Awards 2006 in the USA. Ash was a cultural ambassador throughout the 90’s and 2000’s for the Northern Territory. During this time he toured worldwide and spent many years abroad living in the USA where he deeply immersed himself with the First Nations peoples of the Americas. He was invited to present at Universities including the University of Virginia, Stony Brook NY, University of Arizona and Harvard University on Australian Ethnomusicology and cultural men’s traditions of wind instrumentation and lore.

Tod Stokes


Tod was aware of the need to both upskill others on the work that he does with men, but also continue to provide a safe supportive environment for clients to change. In the past, he has had the honour to obtain awards for his work in this specialist role including The Premiers Heide Taylor award for work in the family violence sector working with men to address their violence. His passion and desire is to educate services and individuals to continue to provide change for men. His other passion is providing social and emotional support for men’s mental health. Tod is a Torres Strait Islander man with strong connections to Culture and community he understands the healing power of Culture and works in a safe confidential manner. Tod holds a diploma of mental health among many varied qualifications and is currently also undertaking his diploma of Narrative Therapy . He is also currently a lecturer at the University of Adelaide and provides consultancy for services on Culture and Domestic violence.

Tyson Carmody


Kings Narrative Managing Director and proud Arrernte man, Tyson Carmody holds more than a decade ofexperience working with Aboriginal men and young people. This together with his cultural knowledge andAboriginal Lore, Tyson founded Kings Narrative to support men to be the authors of their own story, theirpreferred story. Before establishing Kings Narrative Tyson held lead positions in both community andeducation departments, as Coordinator of the Reconnect Program at Gap Youth and Community Centre,Head of Wellbeing at St Joseph’s Catholic Flexible Learning Centre, Director of the Centralian SeniorCollege Clontarf Academy and Head of Health and Wellbeing at Children’s Ground. Tyson’s experience inthese positions provided much insight into the systemic landscape that further disadvantages AboriginalMen. Recognising the need for an Aboriginal owned service that could provide culturally competentsupport for Aboriginal men, Tyson undertook study in Narrative Approaches for Aboriginal People in2016/2017. Narrative Approaches is a decentred approach all about sharing stories, teachings, and deeplistening. All of which, is instinctively imbedded in Aboriginal culture.

Bianca Stawiarski


Bianca Stawiarski operates international Indigenous social enterprise and sovereign business Warida Wholistic Wellness, which recognises that communities needed something different to western clinical approaches to improve the growing mental health crisis around the world. She is a strong Badimaya and Ukrainian woman, who is a centred and purpose driven healer, consultant, coach, speaker, lecturer, best-selling and international author, trainer, and change-maker. Bianca infuses her calming, resilient, earthy, Indigenous connectedness into all that she does. As well as the work she does on Country, Bianca is sought out by organisations, companies, and publications from across the globe. She is a Lead Facilitator and recognised Sovereign Business for We Al-li Program workshops. Bianca is also a PACFA certified mental health practitioner with an interest in supporting people who have experienced complex trauma, bringing the therapeutic space outside of four walls in a decolonised way. She holds a master’s in counselling practice, a diploma of life coaching, post grad diploma of counselling, certificate in equine assisted psychotherapy, and a bachelor of Aboriginal studies, amongst other qualifications. She is also currently undertaking a PhD exploring whether the Indigenous healing practice of dadirri can assist people with dissociative identity disorder create inner communities of care. Bianca hopes that the results can benefit some of our world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people and provide a platform for people with lived experience to have their voices heard.

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