Our voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work

Bindi Bennett (Editor), Sue Green (Editor), Stephanie Gilbert (Editor), Dawn Bessarab (Editor)

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"Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work" is a ground-breaking 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.

1. The importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history for social work students and graduates
2. The people who populate Aboriginal social work
3. Engaging communities
4 .The supervisory yarn: embedding Indigenous epistemology in supervision
5. Trauma, grief and loss: the vulnerability of Aboriginal families in the child protection system
6. Indigenous yarning modalities: an insider`s perspective on respectful engagement with Torres Strait Islander clients
7. Yarning and listening: yarning and learning through stories
8. Indigenous social work education in Australia
9. Collaboration and relationship building in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work
10. Walking the journey: the student experience
11. Australian social work is white
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSouth Yarra, Vic.
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages255
ISBN (Print)9781420256734, 1420256734
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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