Indigenous Trauma Recovery Program

Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma Recovery Practice

This program is unique in that it is developed and delivered by Aboriginal academic and health delivery experts in collaboration with local Aboriginal elders and is designed to respond to issues that have particular relevance in indigenous communities in Australia.

On completion of this six-month course you will be able to:

  • Work from a trauma-informed practice.
  • Apply critical thinking, collaborate practices and insights to effectively work with trauma-exposed individuals and communities.
  • Apply Indigenous social, and emotional wellbeing principles, practices and healing frameworks.
  • Understand and identify factors that contribute to experiences of trauma.
  • Identify and understand the pathophysiology and clinical aspects of the body’s response to trauma.
  • Respond to and provide services that are trauma-informed.

How to apply

You can apply online at Applications close Friday 28 May 2021. 

For more information

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Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma and Recovery Practice handbook

Key information

The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma Recovery practice is a six-month program which is delivered online including some compulsory live online activities throughout the course.

The session commences on Monday 14th June 2021. 

Students eligible for a commonwealth supported place will only pay a proportion of the fee known as the “Student Contribution Amount” which can be put on HECS-HELP.

UOW has government-subsidised places available for domestic students studying this course in 2021, subject to quota availability. A CSP is where the Australian Government contributes up to three-quarters of your total tuition fee. To be eligible for a CSP you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or the holder of a permanent visa and meet the criteria outlined at

If you’re an eligible Commonwealth supported student you can access HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your tuition fees.

More information on student contribution amounts can be accessed here.

Student contribution fees appear on UOW fee statements available through SOLS once enrolled.

A recognised diploma, degree, graduate certificate, or in the absence of formal qualifications, provide evidence of professional equivalence that demonstrates experience working within Indigenous communities.

All applicants should respond to the following question in no more than 200 words:  What are the skills and experience you have that will make you successful in this course?

ITRP was super beneficial. Not only for the work I do in communities all across the country but also for me personally. The ITRP course gave me the evidence and science behind the work that I have been rolling out in community for a number of years.Joe Williams
Indigenous trauma recovery practice gave me a broader understanding of the effects of trauma in our communities, it has helped me gain knowledge and experience of what resources and tools we can use to heal our people.Chris Standing
I found the Indigenous Trauma Recovery practice course extremely beneficial for my work at Waminda. The course improved and deepened my understanding of how to work through a trauma-informed lens with clients. Understanding trauma and how deep and far it can run is confronting and complex, however it was taught with sensitivity and cultural safety. I believe this has and will continue to improve outcomes with programs and clients. The course was delivered in a flexible and supportive format.Willow Firth
For some time, I had been looking for some study or learning opportunities that could shape my professional practice in community by speaking to both my experiences and the gaps in my understanding. That is precisely what this course offered me. As a non-Aboriginal person, I was given the privilege of being immersed in a rich learning cohort of practitioners from all around the country. The learning was an important and hopeful part of my own personal and professional development and practice.Jesse Size