Combo – Race and Trauma (October 2020)

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CBT@Home webinar series

Trauma and race – what to consider when working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients

Ms Michelle Combo, Psychologist, Metro South Mental Health

This approx. 1-hour CBT@Home webinar was recorded in October 2020.

AACBT members can view for free.

Non-members may purchase here.

During this webinar Michelle will explore Indigenous experiences of trauma, highlight the resilience of this population, and discuss the intersection between racism and trauma. Trauma Informed Care will be the primary approach recommended, within a Social and Emotional Wellbeing framework.


Michelle Combo is a Gamilaroi woman and Registered Psychologist, working in the adult mental health and Indigenous mental health spaces over the past 15 years. Michelle is also an accredited facilitator of the ‘Courageous Conversations about Race: Beyond Diversity’ workshop, sitting with one of only two accredited teams in the country. Michelle is currently enrolled in a PhD with a focus on evaluating the impact of racial equity education for health professionals.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Education about types of traumas experienced by Australia’s Indigenous people.
  • Exploring how racism intersects with trauma for this population.
  • Suggestions for how to approach this issue.


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