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Our Healing Ways: putting wisdom into practice: working with co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol issues: Aboriginal way

Posted on: 12 November, 2012
Issue: Vol 12 No 4, October 2012 - December 2012
Related to Cultural ways Social and emotional wellbeing Alcohol use Illicit drug use Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers

Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit (2012)
Our Healing Ways: putting wisdom into practice: working with co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol issues: Aboriginal way
Fitzroy, Vic: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit

This manual is a guide to culturally appropriate practice for Aboriginal workers in Victoria who work with people with mental health and drug and alcohol issues (dual diagnosis). The information in the manual comes from skilled and experienced local Aboriginal workers who share how they have helped their clients heal from dual diagnosis.

It contains information about:

  • people experiencing dual diagnosis issues
  • making decisions about how we work
  • the approach
  • engaging, connecting and building the relationship
  • strategies for supporting healing
  • finishing up
  • effective worker qualities and skills
  • looking after ourselves.

This manual is one of three key resources produced as part of Our healing ways project. It was developed by the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (VDDI) Education and Training Unit and funded by the Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division of the Department of Health Victoria.

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