WORKSHOP TITLE: Achieving anti-oppressive practice with a focus on Reconciliation

AASW CPD Endorsed – 25 points

PRESENTERS: Pamela Trotman and Christine Fejo-King

Learning objectives – Though the application of Indigenist and Western theories:

  • Increase participant’s capacity and confidence to build effective relationships between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues, clients, and organisations as the foundation to promote two-way culturally safe and respectful practice.
  • To increase and implement at various levels, proactive strategies and positive learnings to maximise innovative approaches to Reconciliation and best practice.


By the completion of the Workshop participants will have had exposure to:

  1. anti-oppressive theory and practice as a basis for strengthening their capacity to promote and achieve social justice and, to engage in non-oppressive practice.
  2. Indigenist theory and practice that empower Australia’s First Nations and social workers who incorporate this knowledge into their practice.
  3. Theoretical concepts that have the potential to impede the practitioner’s capacity to promote and achieve social justice and reconciliation. Specific concepts include: internalised oppression and dominance and, structural and cultural violence

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Events: (dates and location):

Darwin:          Oct 18, 19
Alice Springs: Oct 22, 23

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Dr. Christine Fejo-King

Christine is an Aboriginal woman from the Northern Territory. Her father was a Larrakia man and her mother is a Warumungu woman.
Christine completed her BSW at the NTU in 1998, then moved to Canberra to work for the Australian Government.
She has worked in the areas of mental health, substance misuse, aged care, palliative care, child protection, juvenile justice, and reconciliation. Christine has presented at national and international conferences.
Whilst in Canberra Christine completed a PhD in Philosophy/Social Work and has recently moved back to the Northern Territory. She was the project manager and co-convenor with Dr. Michael Adams of the 3 rd International Indigenous Social Work Conference held in Darwin in 2015.
She has taught in various schools of social work and is a foundation member of the Australian College of Social Work and Chairperson of the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Worker’s Association.
Christine was invited to present to the NT Royal Commission on Youth Justice outlining her work on kinship mapping and its importance in shaping culturally sensitive child protection responses.

Pamela Trotman

Pamela’s association with the First Australians extends over sixty years, forty-eight as a practicing Social Worker.
Much of her professional life has converged with significant events in the history of social policy as it relates to Aboriginal Australians.
She has lived in the Northern Territory for twenty-nine years, having spent the first half of her professional life working in health and child protection in metropolitan and regional NSW.
Today Pamela works in private practice and seeks to contribute to social work knowledge through writing and teaching and has published on reconciliation and trauma.
She has presented nationally and internationally on trauma, including the “Survivor Self”. Pamela is also a member of the AASW Reconciliation Taskforce.
Late 2017, Pamela contributed to an Indian publication on Social Work Education: her chapter focusing on lessons from Critical Social Work practice.