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Workshop: Cultural responsiveness: Introduction to principles and practices (Box Hill)

Start: 2019-06-18

End: 2019-06-18


Cultural responsiveness: Introduction to principles and practices 

Date:  Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Location: Boyland Room, Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Time: Registrations from 9:15am, workshop begins at 9:30am and concludes at 4:30pm.

Cost: FREE

About the workshop:

This workshop introduces participants to principles that inform culturally safe practice, while encouraging the exploration of practical skills to enhance diversity responsive mental health practice.  Using a range of facilitation styles, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own cultural values, beliefs and models in delivering recovery focussed interventions, and explore the relationship between policy, human rights legislation, and the manner in which we provide respectful person-centred care.

Participants in this workshop will explore:

  • Key issues in cultural diversity, and the role of culture in mental health service delivery
  • Practical skills to employ in delivering diversity responsive mental health interventions, including working with interpreters and approaches to assessment and recovery, community engagement and service development.
  • The social determinants of health, ethnicity, cultural humility, cultural safety diversity and intersectional approaches
  • Key government policies and human rights legislation in relation to culturally diverse practice
  • The importance of reflective practice in creating culturally safe spaces

Pre-Requisite Learning

This workshop builds on introductory-level training offered by Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH). Participants are asked to have either engaged in a VTMH introductory workshop within the last 3 years or alternatively view the free online training module, Orientation to Cultural Responsiveness, available via the VTMH website at http://www.vtmh.org.au/training/conversations-in-cultural-responsiveness-an-online-introductory-tool prior to attending this workshop.


VTMH is joining forces with the Victorian Mental Health Learning and Development Clusters to deliver cultural responsiveness workshops for the mental health service workforce. This workshop is offered via the North Eastern Cluster (NEVIL)Individuals working in Victorian Mental Health Services and eligible to attend professional development as part of the North East Cluster (NEVIL), the Southern Cluster (LAMPS), and Western Cluster, are invited to register.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to attend training through the North Eastern Cluster, please visit the North Eastern Cluster home page for more information.

VTMH still offers other education opportunities, including free monthly seminars, forums, online resources, as well as education opportunities provided through organisational partnerships. Explore the range of education and training opportunities at VTMH here