We Al-li Programs Workshops

Healing People – Sharing Culture – Regenerating Communities

Bianca Stawiarski, from Warida Wholistic Wellness, is a licenced We Al-li Sovereign Business Lead Facilitator for the following Workshops

Want to access We Al-li Programs incredibly transformative workshops? Looking to expose your staff to a customised deep professional development journey?  Consider one of the following workshops developed by Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson AO and Associate Professor Caroline Atkinson PhD, that Warida Wholistic Wellness is licensed to deliver.

Trauma Training Workshops


“Our training workshops offer a complete package of multi-skilling participants to effectively meet the demands of working with communities today. Our educational approach provides participants the personal support needed while developing strong theory to practice professional skills.


The programs offered by We Al-li are unique in that they are informed by the stories of Aboriginal Australians and utilise traditional Indigenous healing work combined with a western trauma informed and trauma specific approach to individual, family and community recovery.


Our programs can be run as single workshops or run consecutively up to three modules at a time. Call us now to find out how we can support your organisation with a new way to grow”.


Remember, if you are wanting one of the other workshops that we aren’t yet licensed to deliver.  Visit We Al-li Programs to see the diversity of what they offer.

About these Courses

“We Al-li community and workplace workshops are an Indigenous therapeutic response to individual, family and community pain that many people carry as part of their life experience. For Aboriginal peoples this pain is more specifically defined as the traumatic impacts of the multiple intergenerational experiences of colonisation resulting in ill-health, individual, family and community dysfunction (dys – Latin from the Greek dus meaning painful or difficult functioning). We Al-li specifically meets this need through tailored workshops that are trauma informed in their design and trauma specific in their delivery.


This training provides key approaches to setting up and maintaining trauma-informed organisational structures. Becoming trauma-informed allows us to deeply consider policy development and trauma specific work practice and service care strategies to more realistically meet the needs of affected people and communities.


Our workshops are built on the principles of integrating Indigenous cultural processes of education, conflict management, and personal/social healing with Eastern and Western therapeutic skills for trauma recovery within an action based experiential learning practice.


What will these courses do for me?

  • Provides a culturally relevant, trauma informed and trauma specific safe teaching learning experience
  • Develops superior levels of confidence and ability to work in diverse and difficult situations
  • Provides community based training linked to specific community needs
  • Strengthens relationships between individuals, families, communities and workforce skills
  • Fosters abilities and competence in the process of working with groups and communities in distress

Dadirri: Ancient Aboriginal Mindfulness Program

Trauma Informed Care & Practice: An Indigenous approach to developing worker skills

Culturally Informed, Trauma Integrated Healing Approach (CITIHA)

About the artwork: Dadirri represents ‘our people’. We are standing in the middle of the forest and despite everything being upturned, underneath we still have strong roots and the power to be re-born, our relatedness and connectedness to the world. The Black Boy, just like the tree, is not only resilient to the flames but relies on the bush fires for its regrowth and survival. The fire is symbolic of our need to regenerate ourselves. As a people, we need and have been through hardships to identify and find our real strengths. © Artwork and narration by Christopher Edwards- Haines

Dadirri: Ancient Aboriginal Mindfulness Program

Dadirri. Ancient Aboriginal Mindfulness Traditions © copyright We Al-li

“This training introduces Dadirri as the core of all We Al-li practices and skill based learning outcomes. Dadirri provides the foundation for culturally safe practices and establishes a respectful healing environment for skills transference in all We Al-li professional development trainings. Learning to communicate with ourselves and each other at deep levels is primary to effective practice.


Participants are introduced to many key therapeutic approaches used by We Al-li including story mapping, sand-play, music, art therapy, movement and guided imagery.” – We Al-li Programs


See training brief for more details

About the artwork: The art shows that with cultural tools and reconnecting within ourselves as a part of and with nature (environment) we can recycle our energies. With understanding comes growth and strength, enabling recovery approaches to healing. This cycle can be a life long journey which is represented by the circles, which in turn represent the way in which Indigenous healing is achieved, like the seasons, life cycles and learning. © Artwork and narration by Christopher Edwards- Haines

Trauma Informed Care & Practice: An Indigenous approach to developing worker skills

Trauma Informed Care & Practice: An Indigenous approach to developing worker skills © copyright We Al-li


“This training provides key approaches to setting up and maintaining trauma-integrated organisational structures. Becoming trauma-integrated allows us to deeply consider policy development and trauma specific work practice and service care strategies to more realistically meet the needs of affected people and communities.


This package understands that “in a trauma-integrated system, trauma is viewed not as a single discrete event, but rather as a defining and organising experience that forms the core of an individuals identity. The far reaching impact and the attempts to cope with the aftermath of the traumatic experience, comes to define who the survivor is” (Harris & Fallot, 2002).” – We Al-li Programs


See training brief for more information.

Name of Artist: Kahlia Wayne Name of Painting: Wild Berry Dreaming Original medium: Canvas Wild Berry Dreaming was produced by Kahlia Wayne, a Warlpiri artist, through the Kunga Stopping Violence Program of Alice Springs. The story in the artwork expresses Kahlia’s journey back to wellness, through the nurturing healing benefits of the of Wild Berries - Bush Plums.

Culturally Informed, Trauma Integrated Healing Approach (CITIHA)

Culturally Informed, Trauma Integrated Healing Approach (CITIHA) as system transformation is © copyright We Al-li


“A CITIHA is a strengths-based service delivery model that is rooted in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma on culture and community that emphasises physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both the people we walk alongside and staff.


We Al-li offers a comprehensive approach to achieve systems transformation through having all organisational staff contribute their knowledge and understanding of the business is a way that is practical and without being disruptive to service delivery. We can be flexible to meet your requirements.  Recently we delivered this approach nationally in the following way, and found it to be robust:

  • Co-design process with Senior Management Team.
  • Orientation session with staff.
  • Nomination of Trauma Champions.
  • Delivery of two by three day workshops with the opportunity for Services to develop a CITIHA action plan (i.e operationalise the outcomes of the workshops.)  These workshops are usually spaced two to four weeks apart.


The model also involved:

  • Administration of We Al-li’s Culturally Informed, Trauma Integrated Healing Assessment Tool (CITIHAT) pre and post workshops.
  • Pre and post workshop contact.
  • Establishment of a Trauma Champion working group.  This is a peer to peer group that supports the ongoing implementation and integration of the CITIHA beyond the end of workshop delivery.  
  • We Al-li sharing trauma-integrated resources on many aspects of service delivery, to assist a Service in having access to the right information to enact relevant changes.
  • Key CITIHA elements of team building and creativity.


The governance framework for the CITIHA includes five key assumptions, seven core values and eight core principles, all which support the outcomes of the CITIHA, critically embedding all actions in policy, procedure and practice.


For more information, please see the training brief.


Download CITIHA Framework here


Workshop One

The Aim of workshop ONE in the Culturally Informed Trauma Integrated Healing Approach is:


Consolidate and deepen theories, skills and capacity to develop organisational specific Communities of Care within Community of Practice, to deliver trauma integrated care for clients.


Objectives of Workshop One

  1. Describe collective historical trauma experiences and behaviours, as they would apply to your specific client groups.
  2. Analyse and implement culturally informed safety principles and practices relevant to your specific work region.
  3. Apply skills for working with clients to help regulate self-control, inform choices and develop autonomy.
  4. Establish power sharing and governance in the application of trauma specific service practice.
  5. Clarify and implement principles of an integrated care response with risk management for frightened, distressed clients.
  6. Explain and map an Action Plan for relationship building within the organisation, with clients and with other service organisations.
  7. Demonstrate theory to practice in the use of Genograms in building listening-sharing skills for work with clients and within your staff care practice in your organisation.
  8. Implement self-care – self-reflective practice in building the Community of Care for workers and clients within the organisational Action Plan in your service system.


Workshop Two

The Aim of workshop TWO in the Culturally Informed Trauma Integrated Healing Approach is:


Deepen theories, skills and capacity to respond to men, women and children who may have complex – developmental trauma behaviours, using applied trauma specific Indigenous healing skills, while building a Community of Practice within the service system.


Objectives of Workshop Two

  1. Use appropriate skills, including recognising and responding to triggers and de-escalation strategies for working with men, women and children who have complex trauma backgrounds.
  2. Describe and apply skills attained for working with children who have developmental trauma, and hence have agitated behaviours.
  3. Use the values, assumptions and principles to review work in your organisation and Action Plan the movement of the Service for the next 15 years.
  4. Review, define and apply practical skills for working with families and communities impacted by trauma and its effects, i.e. trauma responses/behaviours, with loss, grief, mourning, and bereavement vs. victimisation issues, from an Indigenous perspective.
  5. Analyse and discuss ways of using genograms to give better attention to the needs of your clients.
  6. Describe and show capacity for deep listening as a vital tool for both clients and workers.
  7. Implement organisational self-care – client care plans for dealing with toxic stress under Community of Care principles.
  8. Show Action Planning capacity in the conduct of a Community of Practice.” – We Al-li Programs