TeaH (Turn 'em around Healing): A therapeutic model for working with traumatised children on Aboriginal communities

Michelle Moss, Anthony Duwun Lee

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Aboriginal children in Australia are over-represented in both the child protection and juvenile justice systems. Using Western therapeutic models of practice with Aboriginal people who live in remote communities can be highly problematic. Moreover, the historical legacy of past and present legislation, government interventions and racist service provision needs to be acknowledged and addressed prior to any service implementation. This paper presents a therapeutic model of practice that incorporates Aboriginal concepts of healing and spirit within a creative therapeutic framework. It will demonstrate how the model works through principles of community engagement and capacity building, enabling the provision of a culturally derived therapeutic intervention that involves a synergy of both Aboriginal- and Western-based healing practices. The findings from the implementation of the TeaH model affirm the need to incorporate Aboriginal concepts of healing, spirit and creative therapies into mainstream practice with Aboriginal people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-59
Number of pages5
JournalChildren Australia
Issue number2
Early online date16 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


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