Relational practice in a residential rehabilitation service

April 27, 2017

The 4th Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference is on next month at the Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast over the 15th – 17th May.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the service system
  • Training and Support of AOD workers
  • Issues within rural and remote communities
  • Cultural safety and sensitivity when working with specific population groups
  • Emerging trends
  • Trauma informed services
  • The lived experience and their supporters

Mr Greg Smith, PhD Student at Melbourne University joins us next month to discuss ‘Relational practice in a residential rehabilitation service’.

Therapeutic interventions based on Western/ European traditions are subject to criticisms of having ‘deficit’ orientations.  Relational approaches provide radically different understandings of the relationships between the individual identity and society, substance use and other challenges in life.

This paper briefly explores the history of relational practices, and how these have been applied, drawing on the practices of narrative therapy.

It is argued that rational approaches have relevance to differing cultural contexts, in ways that seem underdeveloped in other interventions. The presentation will focus on application of relational practices at an Aboriginal-controlled service.

For more information on the upcoming 2017 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference and to secure your spot, please visit

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