The APS has been in discussions with the Australian Government Department of Health to expand eligibility for health professionals to be funded to complete online training on past forced adoption policies and practices.
The APS is pleased to advise that these discussions have been successful, and a broader range of mental health professionals working with people affected by forced adoption are now eligible to access subsidised training funded by the Department of Health.
Eligible professions include counsellors, therapists and relevant case workers, as well as Aboriginal health workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses.
There are two courses that are funded and available free of charge for health professionals:
This course is suitable for all mental health professionals who are currently working or plan to work with people affected by forced adoption. It gives a brief overview of the past forced adoption policies and practices in Australia and suggests frameworks and principles to guide clinical work and the development of effective therapeutic relationships.
This course is suitable for professionals who wish to gain general knowledge but are not currently working or do not plan to work with people affected by forced adoption. It gives a brief overview of the past forced adoption policies and practices in Australia and the impact it has had on individuals and families.
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