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Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD), Cognitive Disability and the Justice System

The purpose of this workshop is to focus attention on the approximately 25% of people with cognitive disability in NSW who are from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, some of whom are in contact with the criminal justice system.

The aim is to broaden our understanding of the role and importance of culture in our interactions with, and our work alongside, people with cognitive disability. Especially when they are in contact or at risk of being in contact with the criminal justice system.

By deepening our own understanding of culture and exploring our own cultural lenses, we strengthen our abilities, knowledge and skills to respond in a more culturally responsive and person centred way.

This workshop is essentially divided into two sections:

In the first section we will explore ideas of diversity in the Australian context. It will conclude with an exploration of our own cultural biases, assumptions and blind spots in order to heighten our self-awareness and critical thinking for part two.

The second section will explore culturally responsive practices and will focus on three particular skills: empathy, listening and choice making, and how they can be used effectively in working effectively cross culturally.

Outcomes of the course

By the end of this one-day workshop, it is expected participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of culture (in its broadest sense) and how it impacts on everything we do
  • Gain greater insights into our own cultural assumptions and biases
  • Have a deeper knowledge of the experiences of migrant and refugees specifically in relation to people with cognitive disability, who may be in contact with the justice system
  • Increase their knowledge and skills in working with people from CALD backgrounds with cognitive disability, who may be in contact with the justice system

Who should attend?

This course has been developed for disability workers, community service workers and case managers who provide support to people from CALD backgrounds with cognitive disability, in contact with the criminal justice system.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.