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

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


Wednesday, 24 April 2024


Kathleen Symes Library, Multipurpose Room 1, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton


9.30am - 4.00pm






About the workshop

This workshop uses a diversity lens to explore contemporary approaches to recovery-oriented practice in mental health settings. It also introduces ways to conduct person-centred assessments that understand cultural and social context and the powerful determinates of health and wellbeing. 

Using a variety of facilitation modes, grounded in a reflective practice approach, the workshop is designed to stimulate the interest of participants in the range of issues related to transcultural mental health and recovery, and provide learners with the opportunity to explore the challenges and realities of assessment and recovery alongside diverse communities.

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

Delivery style: This is a face to face (in person) workshop. Online attendance is unavailable for this workshop.

Date: Wednesday, 24 April 2024
Time: Registrations open at 9:15am for a 9:30 start. Workshop concludes by 4pm
Venue: Kathleen Symes Library, Multipurpose Room 1, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton

Morning tea and lunch provided. Dietary requirements can be advised during the registration process. Information about Covid safe procedures and other venue details will be provided to registrants closer to the workshop.

The workshop is complemented with a self-paced online module, that takes around 2 hours to complete prior to attending the workshop. Details of how to access the module will be emailed to you once you complete your registration.

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 Wednesday, 10 April 2024. Registrations are essential.

Spaces in our workshops are limited and provided free through state funding. We require that you 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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