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Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson awarded PACFA Life Membership

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson. Photo credit: Caroline Atkinson (Convenor, CATSIHP Leadership Group)

The PACFA Board has awarded a PACFA Life Membership to Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson in acknowledgement of her outstanding service to the psychotherapy profession through her work as an Educator and practitioner in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices.

Judy Atkinson 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 include her well known book Trauma Trails – Recreating Songlines: The transgenerational effects of trauma in Indigenous Australia.

Professor Atkinson received 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.

PACFA warmly welcomes Professor Atkinson as a Life Member and we look forward to continuing to work together to help advance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices and to support the important work being undertaken by the College of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices (CATSIHP).