Supporting workers in a culturally safe way

Yamurrah offers both clinical and cultural supervision to both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal workers. Yamurrah has experience and expertise in providing supervision particularly to those who are working with or provide a service to Aboriginal people and communities. All supervision sessions are provided by Aboriginal practitioners who are trauma informed and hold a relevant qualification in either Social Work or Psychology.

All Supervision sessions are guided by Yamurrah’s ethics and values, which include confidentiality, quality, cultural safety, professionalism and social justice. These values are also consistent with the Australian Social Work Association values and ethics code.

Supervision is a collaborative and professional relationship

Supervision is a collaborative and professional relationship that is developed with trust and cultural safety. One of the central purposes of supervision is to support the supervisee to explore issues that may impact on them in their work. It is a safe place to talk and explore innovative ways of addressing complex matters. Through supporting the supervisee, supervision provided by Yamurrah may indirectly support clients that the supervisee provides a service to as well. Supervision, as well as being an important element in professional development, has also been found to encourage self-care, especially when working in complex issues.

Our supervision services are provided to various agencies including NSW Ministry of Health, Department of Communities and Justice, Education Centre Against Violence, Aboriginal Medical Services, Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, New Street Adolescent Services, Joint Child Protection Response Program (previously known as JIRT), NGO services providers and individual clinicians.

Cultural Supervision for Aboriginal Workers

Establishing and maintaining cultural safety is essential to ensure the professional boundaries of cultural supervision. This is usually negotiated between the supervisor and supervisee in a collaborative manner.

Yamurrah provides cultural supervision in a mutually agreed and convenient location, inside or outside, and is always with an Aboriginal practitioner, who is trauma informed and able to support the worker on a broad range of issues.

Importantly, Yamurrah places particular emphasis on Aboriginal worldviews, which may support Aboriginal workers is how they see and interpret the world.

Cultural Supervision for Non-Aboriginal Workers

Clinical Supervision sessions are supported by Aboriginal supervisors who are either Social Workers or Psychologists. We will match the right person to meet your specific needs.

Clinical supervision offers you a space for you to discuss complex clinical matters, explore innovative ways or working with clients and or communities in a culturally safe way.

Clinical Supervision

Cultural supervision can be provided to Non-Aboriginal workers and is recommended particularly for Non-Aboriginal workers who work with Aboriginal people and communities. It is also encouraged also in workplaces where Aboriginal people are marginalized in the workplace.

Bounded by confidentiality and cultural safety, cultural supervision encourages Non-Aboriginal workers to maintain proficiency and reflective about their work practice and relationship with Aboriginal people and communities.

Group Supervision

Yamurrah can provide group supervision sessions for your workplace. This can be for a specific purpose or on a regular basis. This may be particularly useful where members of the same workplace have a collective experience, such as the loss of staff member, or have experienced a change in management. It may assist with managing complex conversations and working towards a shared vision or it could be about discussing the achievements of the service.

In larger groups, more than one supervisor may be required to maintain cultural safety. It is recommended that group supervision sessions are held for approximately 2 hours.

Group supervision sessions can be negotiated as a one off event or regularly scheduled sessions.