Agenda

08:30

09:00

09:10

GOVERNMENT

09:20

 

  • Criminal justice reform to address the impact on First Nations  
  • National Summit on First Nations Children 
  • Addressing family violence in Closing the Gap 

 

09:40

 

  • Consulting children and youth on family separation 
  • Services for children and youth who’ve been harmed by and/or display harmful sexual behaviours 
  • Addressing causes of vulnerability and reducing its impact on children and youth 

 

10:10

10:30

 

  • Representing women and children’s needs to policymakers 
  • Advocating to local, state and national bodies 
  • Public awareness and education programs on domestic and family violence 

 

LEGAL SERVICES 

11:00

  • Legal advice and representation
  • Community legal education for Indigenous women 
  • A trauma-informed model to strengthen safety and recovery for mothers and children  

FRONTLINE SERVICES 

11:30

 

  • Crisis and transitional accommodation for women experiencing family and domestic violence 
  • Wrap around services through stakeholder partnerships 
  • Safer Pathways: enabling women to stay safe at home 

 

12:00

 

  • Crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic violence 
  • Working with local services to support women experiencing domestic violence 
  • Helping women navigate the legal system through the Court Support Service 

 

12:30

   

WOMEN 

01:30

  • Designing a culturally sensitive and holistic healing approach to family violence in Aboriginal communities 
  • Understanding how intergenerational trauma contributes to family violence 
  • Improving the impact of healing projects through a wider community strategy 

MEN

02:00

 

  • Developing a culturally appropriate behaviour change program 
  • Getting men to take responsibility for their decisions without using violence 
  • Ensuring men maintain long-term positive behavioural changes 

 

02:30

COAL-FACE OF INDIGENOUS FAMILY VIOLENCE 

02:50

  • Preventing homelessness of women and children due to domestic violence through the Safe at Home program 
  • Employing outreach workers to promote the program and support women to stay in their homes 
  • Identifying key components of Safe at Home appropriate for Aboriginal women 

03:10

 

  • Adopting community-based, culturally-appropriate solutions to reduce family violence 
  • Building community frontline worker capabilities  
  • Securing long-term funding for family violence services 

 

COMMUNITY 

03:50

 

  • Engaging Elders in developing family violence programs  
  • Elders’ role in guiding youth 
  • Reducing recidivism with Elders 

 

CHILDREN AND YOUTH 

04:20

 

  • Teaching parents and caregivers appropriate communication skills and strategies, monitoring and problem-solving skills, to better manage children’s behaviours 
  • Working within the “family preservation framework”: prioritising youth at high risk of out-of-home placement and/or school expulsion 
  • Assessing the effectiveness of early targeted interventions for young persons at predictable high risk of adult violence (including domestic violence)

 

OUTCOMES-FOCUSED WORKSHOP SESSIONS

04:50

Workshop Session A: Working effectively with perpetrators of violence in behaviour change programs 
Workshop Session B: Strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of victims of domestic and family violence 

05:20

Men’s Behaviour Change and Healing Program 

Wednesday, 6th March 2018 | 9 am – 5 pm 

 

Overview

The AMHC Board of Governance and I believe that there is a way to heal men who use violence. A mandatory 28-bed rehabilitation facility where Aboriginal men who use violence will enter a 12-month residential, healing pathways program. On completion, they shall then advance to a 4-year care plan. 

Longevity is the key to the AMHC success for their participants healing pathways. Aboriginal men are continuously aware of the traumas of the past and the suffering of the present. Since colonisation, Aboriginal men have been the victims of oppression and we have been blamed for our plight because it has not been in the best interests of wider society to recognise the source of our traumatisation.  

Mainstream attention needs to turn to the effects of trauma of Aboriginal men who use violence. We fear that perpetual survivors will become the focus of another round of colonisation and exploitation, this time through incarceration, with little empathy of the consequences of these actions on our lives. 

Family violence intervention should ensure that the person experiencing violence is safe at the point of crisis and impose sufficient controls over the persons engaging in violence against others to prevent future violence. 


Agenda 

9:00-10:30
Session One: Clinical Pathways for the Men’s Healing 

  • Reflections on the Yirna Jukurrpa Treatment Model, a combination of AMHC’s model and Aboriginal cultural healing methods 
  • A psycho-educational group counselling approach 
  • Role of education in emotional and behavioural change 
  • Core role of spiritual practices 
 
10.30-11:00
Morning Tea 
 
11:00-12:30 
Session Two: Core Profile Paradigm 
  • Healing of persons living in resident houses including four critical elements: Acceptance, Forgiveness, Lateral Love, Humility 
  • Using the Core Profile Paradigm to value add in the necessary healing, spiritual and psychological transformation of all the residents and staff 
  • The healing and spiritual map  
  • The role of the gift ritual in the healing process and family reconciliation 
 
12:30-1:30
Lunch  
 
1:30-4:00 
Session Three: De-institutionalisation, cultural activities and training program 
  • Stage 1: De-institutionalisation through communal activities, hobbies, sports, team work and making their own decisions 
  • Stage 2: Cultural activities with Kinship Groups, including stories and traditions, rituals, hunting and gathering, Elders and initiation rituals 
  • Stage 3: Training Program incorporating the Core Profile Paradigm 

 

4:00 
Workshop ends
 

Workshop Leader

Devon Cuimara 

Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Males Healing Centre 

I am the Founder & CEO of the Aboriginal Males Healing Centre Strong Spirit Strong Families Strong Culture Incorporated (AMHC). The AMHC was incorporated on the 7th July 2015 and is a life-time commitment to all the women in my life – my wife, my daughters, mother, grandmother, all female family members and female community members – to develop a cure to the societal illness of family violence, and because it “stops with me”.

Furthermore, I’m the son of a father who used violence. My grandfather used violence. My uncles used violence. Most men in my family either used or used violence. Most Aboriginal men I know either use or have used violence. I used violence. 

Men are not born violent. Violence is a learned outcome. Growing up and witnessing family violence was and is the norm. To live with family violence as a child and then to live with the fallout as a man, is akin to walking on glass.