College of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices Leadership Group

Dr Caroline (Carlie) Atkinson (Convenor) Carlie is of Jiman – Bundjalung heritage and previously lived in Papua New Guinea, undertaking community development work with a focus on trauma, violence, loss and grief. Her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of South Australia achieved first class honours, with a thesis focusing on the alternative dimensions of violence against Aboriginal women. She then completed a placement in Tamil Nadu, India, researching the specific issues and needs of adolescent girls. Following this she headed a team at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Katherine, NT, before completing her PhD focusing on Aboriginal male violence and its relationship to generational post-traumatic stress disorder. Presently Carlie is the CEO of an Indigenous Organisation called We Al-li, which provides culturally informed, trauma integrated healing and trauma specific programs and activities throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific. Carlie also has extensive experience in project management, engagement and reporting, specifically in Trauma Informed Care and implementation procedures.

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson (Deputy Convenor) is a Jiman (central west Queensland) and Bundjalung (northern New South Wales) woman, with Anglo-Celtic and German heritage. Her academic contributions to the understanding of trauma related issues stemming from the violence of colonisation and the healing/recovery of Indigenous peoples from such trauma has won her the Carrick Neville Bonner Award in 2006 for her curriculum development and innovative teaching practice. In 2011 she was awarded the Fritz Redlick Memorial Award for Human Rights and Mental Health from the Harvard University program for refugee trauma. Her book ‘Trauma Trails – Recreating Songlines: The transgenerational effects of trauma in Indigenous Australia’, provides context to the life stories of people who have been moved from their country in a process that has created trauma trails, and the changes that can occur in the lives of people as they make connection with each other and share their stories of healing.

Gina O’Neil is, first and formost, a part Ngati Kahungungu Maori woman and part European woman from Aotearoa, a partner and mother living in Sydney, Australia. Gina is a PACFA registered clinical psychotherapists and accredited supervisor. She is a member of the PACFA Research and ACCAPE committees, a past president of CAPA (NSW); a past board member of the womens in prison advocacy network (WIPAN), The secretary of the AH&MRC of NSW Clinical Governance Advisory Committee and held positions on numerous other management committees, government working parties and expert reference groups. Gina has degrees in psychology and social science, holds a masters degree in gestalt psychotherapy and is currently a PhD student. Gina is also currently an educator at the Relational Institute of Australia (TRIA); the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP); and the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW RTO. She is a consultant supervisor to Sydney-based NGOs and NSW Health and is a practising psychotherapist.

Dr Graham Gee is originally from Darwin. His Aboriginal-Chinese grandfather was born near Belyuen, and his mother’s heritage is Celtic. Graham is a Senior Research Fellow and clinical psychologist at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. From 2008-2018, he was employed as a psychologist at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service. In 2019, Graham was awarded a National Health & Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship. His research involves validating the Aboriginal Resilience and Recovery Questionnaire (Gee, 2016), improving models of mental health care, and investigating healing and recovery from complex trauma among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the lifespan.

Scott Kratzmann B.Soc.Sci (QUT), Grad.Dip.Couns (ACAP) is a clinical member of PACFA. Currently a professional counsellor of nine years experience with a nationally located not for profit NGO, Scott had previous significant experience in youth work, youth detention and child protection settings. Scott has a special interest in working with children, young people and parents and with enthusiasm for safe intact families. Scott has personal experience and a developed understanding of contemporary and historical Indigenous issues.”

 

Dr Kate Briggs is a Lacanian psychoanalyst who has worked as a clinical specialist in publicly funded counselling services and consulted widely in the field of social welfare. Kate has been a lecturer in psychology, womens’ studies, and counselling & psychotherapy since 2003 and was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by ACAP in 2010. Her research interests include complex care teams, contemporary critical practice, psychoanalytic feminism and how the work of invention informs clinical work. She has published on sublimation and symptom formation and contributed to Notes on the Child, A collection of essays on contemporary Lacanian child and adolescent clinical practice. Kate is a PACFA Accredited Supervisor, Mental Health Practitioner and Clinical Registrant, and a member of the Lacan Circle of Melbourne.

Dr Gavin Morris has two decades of teaching experience in schools around Australia and currently lecturers in undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the College of Education at Charles Darwin University. Gavin’s experience and interests relate to Indigenous research and he has developed significant relationships with many Aboriginal communities throughout the Northern Territory. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Education from James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland), a Master of Education from the University of Sydney (Sydney, New South Wales) and a PhD from Charles Darwin University (Darwin, Northern Territory).  

Bianca Stawiarski is a strong Badimaya woman, committed to driving community change in the mental health and wellbeing space on a global scale. Although living in South Australia, she treasures times when she can return to Badimaya country with her teenage / adult children and reconnect. Her Supply Nation Indigenous certified company, Warida Wholistic Wellness, takes its vision of holistic wellbeing from warida (wedge-tailed eagle in Badimaya). Bringing a balance between western qualifications and her Indigenous spiritual side, Bianca offers trauma-informed counselling, transformational coaching, equine assisted psychotherapy, wayapa and horse archery as tools for healing – delivered across Australia and internationally. Her training consultancy service focuses on delivering quality training in the wellbeing and therapeutic healing space. She also offers local and international wellbeing retreats, plus delivers online transformational coaching courses to clients around Australia, UK, Brazil and the US – soon to be expanded to all parts of the world. With the World Health Organisation classifying burn out as a global concern, Bianca is endeavouring to raise the importance of self-care within the business and social enterprise sectors; and also volunteers her time to mentor in the Strong Women Strong Business forum.  

Danielle Dyall (Critical Friend) is a proud Minjungbal woman from Tweed Heads and a mother of two beautiful boys. Danielle is over half way to completing a masters of public health at Charles Darwin University and has been awarded a Bachelor degree in (Trauma and Healing) Indigenous Studies and a graduate diploma in public health. Danielle has spent many years working closely with her community within a variety of projects and roles. Danielle is committed to working within systemic and holistic paradigms to enhance outcomes in health and wellbeing for all people. Danielle moved to the Northern Territory in 2016 manages the culturally responsive trauma informed care program as well as providing leadership support and guidance to all of the SEWB staff within Aboriginal Medical Service Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT).   

Rayleen Councillor (Critical Friend) (M.IndKn,B.Appsci,DipCoun,DipINT) is a Karrajarri, Naaguja Woman with connections to the Wajarri, Binjareb and the Wongatha peoples. Rayleen has individually experienced physical, emotional and spiritual hardships and using these life experiences, coupled with formal education, she has developed a strong commitment to contributing to the healing of others. Rayleen has worked in the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health space for many years and brings her life skills and Cultural Knowledge in ways of practicing & being in the space of healing.

 

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