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Recovery and Diversity: Approaches to Cultural Assessment and Supporting Personal Recovery

This two day virtual workshop uses a diversity lens to explore contemporary approaches to recovery-oriented practice in mental health settings.


Tuesday, 05 September 2023


Tuesday, 12 September 2023


Online via Zoom
— details to be sent to registrants in advance












About the workshop

This two day (non consecutive) virtual workshop uses a diversity lens to explore contemporary approaches to recovery-oriented practice in mental health settings. It is designed to stimulate the interest of participants in the range of issues related to transcultural mental health and recovery.

Using a variety of facilitation modes, grounded in a reflective practice approach, the workshop provides learners with the opportunity to explore the challenges and realities of assessment and recovery alongside diverse communities. The workshop also invites and promotes strategies for adapting practice to be culturally responsive, including being self-reflective, in a variety of mental health settings.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this workshop participants will be able to: 

  • better appreciate different recovery models, including explanatory models, social and cultural models of health, cultural assessment and recovery. 
  • improve the participants’ abilities to reflect on and work with consumers to integrate social and cultural concerns into personal assessments and recovery plans. 
  • improve familiarity with cultural assessment per DSM-5 as well as other models. 
  • work with consumers, families and carers to improve their sense of cultural safety in their recovery journeys.  

Dates, time and delivery

This workshop takes a blended learning approach, and has three components. The virtual workshops are conducted over two half days via Zoom and supplemented with self-directed online learning. Participation at both workshops is required. See below for details:

Component 1: Workshop: Day 1,Tuesday 5th September, 9:30am-12:30pm
Component 2: Self-directed online learning module, approximately 2 hours duration. Access to the module will be provided at the end of Day 1.
Component 3. Workshop: Day 2, Tuesday 12th September, 9:30am-12:30pm

Target audience

This workshop will interest staff working in a range of roles across clinical and community mental health services across Victoria. This includes but is not limited to community rehabilitation and recovery workers, lived experience workers, mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy, psychiatry, and program leaders/project workers.

If you are unsure if this workshop might be relevant to your role please feel free to contact us via


VTMH workshops are open to staff working in Victoria’s state-funded mental health workforce. This includes public clinical and community mental health services, as well as state-funded mental health programs within community health and social services.

Due to funding arrangements, workshops are currently unavailable to those working solely in private practice/NDIS providers. If you register and it is not clear you are part of the intended audience, we may contact you to confirm your eligibility. We thank you for your understanding.


Registrations close Tuesday 22nd August 2023. Registrations are essential.

Spaces in our workshops are limited and provided free through state funding. We ask that you please use your work email address, and provide your manager’s email details, as part of the registration process.

If you are registering as part of a team, we ask that you please limit registrations to 2-3 attendees per team, given the limited number of spaces available. Each individual attendee must register themselves.

Cancellation policy

We know circumstances change. If you register for a workshop and are unable to attend, please email us as soon as possible at to allow us to fill your place from our waiting lists. Whilst we do our very best to deliver our workshops as scheduled, unforeseen circumstances may require us to cancel or postpone events at short notice. 

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