Trauma Informed Care and Practice - An Indigenous Approach to Developing Worker Skills

9th - 11th Aug 2022

Contact Rayleen Councillor on BarrowaConsultancy(at)outlook(dot)com(dot)au or 0439 260 562 to register. Download our flyer for the payment information.


A 3 day workshop which begins to unpack ‘Symptom as
History’ providing tools to develop generational resilience
in healing from trauma and systems transformation


Developed by Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson AO and Dr Caroline Atkinson PhD and facilitated by
Rayleen Councillor and Carina Frew

This workshop unpacks the topics that are most commonly requested by people working in the Human Services field and Indigenous families who are living with trauma behaviours. It is an experiential and interactive
workshop. A safe space to talk about the issues, where sense can be made of the Number 1 question: ‘WHY IS THIS HAPPENING AND WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?'

TOPICS INCLUDE (but not limited to):

  • improving responses to trauma behaviours
  • working with Indigenous young people & communities
  • trauma audits using genograms & loss history maps
  • experiential and interactive activities
  • Indigenous healing practices, what do they look like
  • de-escalation strategies
  • exploring behaviour as language
  • story mapping, how history of place strengthens
  • unpacking cultural safety, cultural sensitivity, cultural
    fitness, cultural security, cultural competency and what
    they all mean
  • how trauma is stored in the brain and the body
  • art, dance, drama, music, song, massage therapies
  • strengthening integrative service responses in your
  • developing communities of care within communities of
  • effective yarning circles & action planning
  • self care practices and debriefing
  • how to minimise and respond to vicarious trauma and
  • physical, psychological, mental ill-health and substance use
  • defining and understanding violence

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

PACFA CPD Endorsed: 
Class A: 12 Points

Cost: $892 per person (includes GST)

Dates: Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th
August 2022

Times: From 9:00am to 4.30pm

Venue: Geraldton Multi-Purpose Centre, 250 Marine Terrace, Geraldton Foreshore WA

What is Provided: 

  • Workshop Materials and Workbooks
  • Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
  • Two Facilitators
  • Certificate of Attainment

Download the training brief, click here.

Workshop Facilitators

Rayleen Councillor

Lead Facilitator

Rayleen is a Yamatji Woman from north of Perth. Her connections are the Naaguja, Wadjarri, Karrajarri and Wongi peoples of Western Australia and she has a strong commitment that  contributes to the healing of others. She has worked in the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health space for many years and brings many Life skills and Cultural Knowledge in ways of practicing & being in the space of healing. She has attained the following qualifications:

  • We Al-Li Facilitator Training- Mary River Wilderness Resort NT
  • Aboriginal Youth Mental Health First Aid Accredited Facilitator
  • Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Accredited Facilitator
  • Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Trauma and Recovery
  • Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution
  • Masters of Indigenous Knowledge: Mawul Rom
  • Bachelor of Applied Science: Aboriginal Community Management and Development
  • Associate Diploma: Aboriginal Community Management and Development
  • Diploma in Aboriginal Family and Community Counselling
  • Diploma of Narrative Approaches for Aboriginal People (Counselling Group and Community
  • Work)

Rayleen is now based back on Country in Geraldton Western Australia after having worked in the Kimberley covering the Kimberley West working with Anglicare in the space of Counselling and Family Mediation. Including, also previously working with the Kimberley Stolen Generation organisation in the carrying out Family Research, Reunions and Back to Country for many Stolen Generation peoples and/or their families. Rayleen was also called to Canberra to support the Kimberley stolen Generations peoples for the Apology by Kevin Rudd. These are a few of her many experiences that have contributed to her knowledge, background, and experiences. Which she is now utilising to deliver the best back to the Midwest and across Western Australia.

Carina Frew

Support Facilitator

Carina has Anglo-Scottish heritage and lives on Bindjareb Noongar country in South Western Australia. She has lived and worked in many places across Australia, including 15 years in the Northern Territory, and is a proud Mum of two.


Carina is a practitioner of Career Development, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Spiritual Companioning and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). As an EFT Facilitator, she teaches Level 1 and 2 Tapping to schools, families and helping professionals. Her programs are designed to support clients to rediscover their alignment and focus upon cultivating conscious awareness, learning self-regulation, healing trauma and strengthening new beliefs.


Carina designed and managed YouthWorX NT’s Australian Government-funded Transition to Work service from the start of its contract in early 2016 through to the end of 2017. As the organisation’s Business Service Advisor, Carina provided high-level consultation, design, coaching and mentoring in the establishment and development of the organisation’s various services and programs for young people and the community.


Carina is a ‘coach of coaches’, training organisations, Teachers, Youth Workers and other professionals in coaching, mindset and heart-centred practice.

Culturally Informed Trauma Integrated
Healing to Community
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