The final chapter of this book tells the story of Karen Menzies, a social worker and consultant in education, social policy and research. In this chapter Karen critically reflects on her experiences of learning to become a social work practitioner and educator. She shares how she has become an insightful, knowledgeable, skilled practitioner who works with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Karen encourages and supports human and community service practitioners to understand the burden of trauma in Aboriginal communities as a legacy of assimilation policy. Her knowledge, practice and research have significance for every human and community practice learner in all disciplines and all fields of practice. The chapter specifically addresses: preparing for practice with Aboriginal people in any context; developing a deep and meaningful shift in consciousness; developing a trauma lens in practice.
In the Field: From Learning to Practice p. 214-229