Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work is a groundbreaking collection of writings from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australian social work educators and students. Through the exploration of a number of important contemporary social work practice issues, including cultural supervision, working with communities, understanding trauma, collaboration and relationship building and narrative practice, this book provides valuable insights into how social work practice can be developed, taught and practiced in ways that are culturally safe and competent. It offers the collective voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and allied colleagues as a foundation for creating the conditions of possibility that will aid in the transformation of Australian social work into a field of work that honours its ethical and moral aims, and serves the best interests of all.
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The first social work book published in Australia that has an all Aboriginal Australian editorial group
Covers a broad range of current and emerging Australian social work practice areas and issues with new and innovative approaches
Information and dialogue presented from within the perspectives of Aboriginal social workers offers knowledge systems and ways of working to more effectively engage communities
Includes a specific chapter on working in Torres Strait Islander communities from a Torres Strait Islander perspective
Uniquely engages with Indigenous social work students, addressing their potential learning needs
Edited by Bindi Bennett, Sue Green, Stephanie Gilbert and Dawn Bessarab
Bindi Bennett is a Lecturer/Indigenous scholarship holder with the Australian Catholic University. Apart from many years of practice with children and young people in various settings, she has been and is currently undertaking postgraduate graduate research. Bindi has fifteen years` experience in the field in the areas of child and adolescent mental health, youth health and school counselling.
Sue Green is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of New South Wales with over 15 years` experience in Aboriginal and social work education. Sue teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students in Aboriginal people and social work and Working with Aboriginal people.
Stephanie Gilbert, who is currently working in academia at the University of Newcastle, honours and celebrates the careers and work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social workers.
Dawn Bessarab works as a researcher in Indigenous health at the Centre for Health Innovation Health Research Institute at Curtin University in Western Australia. She has extensive experience in supervision and mentoring across different practice areas.
`This is a very important book which will have a major influence on social work education and practice. It is a landmark publication in that it is the first book of this type in Australian social work. The authors and editors are to be congratulated on their achievement.`
- Jim Ife, Emeritus Professor, Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, Western Australia
Chapter 1 Why is the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People important for social work students and graduates?
Chapter 2 The people who populate Aboriginal social work
Chapter 3 Engaging communities
Chapter 4 The supervisory yarn: embedding Indigenous epistemology in supervision
Chapter 5 Trauma, grief and loss: the vulnerability of Aboriginal families in the child protection system
Chapter 6 Indigenous yarning modalities: an insider`s perspective on respectful engagement with Torres Strait Islander clients
Chapter 7 Yarning and listening: yarning and learning through stories
Chapter 8 Indigenous social work education in Australia
Chapter 9 Collaboration and relationship-building in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work
Chapter 10 Walking the journey: the student experience
Chapter 11 Australian social work is white