CASSE’s training workshops are psychological/psychoanalytic and culturally informed.  These workshops are interactive and accessible.

What is psychological (analytic) – informed training?

All CASSE’s workshops are based in clinical psychology and include psychoanalytic paradigms. Psychoanalysis can be very practical. It is a body of knowledge and method of therapy which helps to deepen understanding and change one’s mind and heart. In these workshops, we bring a mindful analytic perspective, and apply it and use it in organisational and community settings. In this space, CASSE encourages interactive workshops which work with your stories and experiences.

What is culturally-informed training?

Culturally-informed training is understanding the cultural beliefs and practices of the cultural group to community problems.  In these workshops, mental health issues are explored and understood in the context of the culture they are being experienced in – taking into account both historical and current cultural contexts. These sessions are led by Aboriginal people.

Who are these courses for?

These courses are designed to support, educate, and heal

  • communities in conflict or crisis
  • ‘at-risk’ groups of men, women, or youth
  • mental health workers and organisations working with people who are ‘at-risk’
  • organisations and education groups seeking psychoanalytic-informed training


Workshop 1: Working Through Trauma

Understanding trauma and building a tool kit to heal traumatic experiences.

Trauma is the catastrophic curve ball that we all experience at some stage. Understanding the impact of trauma and building a trauma tool kit can help us to survive the storm and find new ways forward. In this half-day workshop you will gain insights that will empower you to help yourself and others to survive the trauma trails.

This workshop will provide participants with a deeper understanding of

  • the different types of trauma, including intergenerational trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • the psychological effects of trauma
  • navigating the turbulence of trauma
  • models of trauma recovery
  • trauma tool kits for caring and healing
  • safety – when to seek outside help

Workshop 2: Transformative Tools

A practical psychoanalytic toolbox.

How do we rebuild shattered lives, sustain change and heal minds? What are some tools we can use? In this workshop we explore the transformative tools of listening, thinking, feeling, talking, and sharing stories and dreams, together. There are more tools in our toolbox which can be helpful!

This workshop will help tool up participants to develop a deeper understanding of how to transform and heal emotional states of turbulence and trauma.

Workshop 3: Mentalising Violence


Using the psychoanalytic tool of mentalisation to break the cycle of violence. We also offer this workshop with more focus on violence from an Indigenous and cultural perspective.

We are not born violent however we can all experience angry or violent feelings. Bad men do what good men dream! At the heart of the matter though is the fact that we all have a choice and we can all choose not to act on violent feelings. In some communities, the cycle of violence has become so entrenched it has become the norm. But it is possible to break this cycle and empower people to find new possibilities and new power for a future without violence. This half-day workshop will help participants to think about themselves and others in relation to the occurrence of violence and to the cessation of violence. We can offer a culturally-informed workshop on violence for Aboriginal communities which includes payback.

Mentalisation is a psychoanalytic approach which focuses on the underlying mental states of mind in the context of intimate, responsive, secure attachment relationships and focuses on self and other.

This workshop will help participants develop a deeper understanding of

  • violence, including community, lateral and family violence
  • empathy- self and other
  • victims as perpetrators
  • violence triggers and cycles
  • de-escalation
  • mentalisation and tools to breakthrough violence

Workshop 4: Saving Lives – Preventing Suicide

Using the psychoanalytic tool of mentalisation to understand suicide.

Suicide is a silent killer that hurts many people. It is an attempt to solve a problem of intense emotional pain with impaired (poor) coping skills. It is a deadly solution. But suicide can be stopped. People who are suicidal can be helped. Let’s end the silence!
This half-day workshop will help participants to open up conversations about suicide and find new ways to think about living.

Audience: Mental health workers.

This workshop will help participants to understand

  • suicidality and groups at risk
  • motivations and risk factors
  • mental illness
  • warning signs
  • protective factors and safety plans
  • life tools

Workshop 5: Tjilirra Cultural Tools

Reviving an ancient cultural practice to restore mental health.

The making of traditional tools is an ancient practice of Aboriginal people and cultural learning entails a ‘giving’ of knowledge from the elders to the younger generation. These old tools in the Men’s Tjilirra Movement have become new tools for living. The making of the tools on country, changes emotional states, provides continuity, a sense of place, identity and pride. This half-day workshop will provide participants with knowledge of old and new tools for living.

As well as developing cultural awareness, this workshop will help participants develop a deeper understanding of

  • the transformational healing power of traditional tool-making, language and culture
  • the Men’s Tjilirra Movement and rebuilding intergenerational relationships

Workshop 6: Transgenerational Trauma

Understanding historical trauma in the present – opening up the hard conversations about trauma, both historical and present, in Aboriginal communities using film.

Transgenerational trauma is trauma transferred from the first generation to the second and third. There can be haunting legacies and ghosts from the past. The past has a living presence. When there is trauma however it often remains unrepresented and silenced or forgotten. This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the transgenerational trauma sustained by Aboriginal people in the western desert and their resilience in going forward. It will open up hard conversations about historical and current trauma and how people can ‘wake up strong’. Three films are shown.

By looking at the impact of colonialism on trauma this workshop will help participants to understand their own trauma and the trauma of others.

Workshop options

CASSE offers both half and full-day workshops. Each workshop stands alone or you can combine two workshops to tailor the day to the unique needs of your organisation/s or community/s.


Educational workshop – understand mental health issues from a psychological approach.
Applied workshop – understand mental health issues from a cultural perspective.


Educational + educational workshops = Comprehensive psychoanalytically informed workshop on mental health issues of your choice: trauma, transformative tools, violence or suicide.
Educational + applied workshops = A holistic overview of mental health issues in the context of historical and current cultural factors.

CASSE delivers workshops for individuals (subject to minimum numbers) or in-house workshops within your organisation (minimum 10 people).

CASSE Workshop facilitators

Pamela Nathan – Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience in Central Australia.

Workshop Delivery

Workshops formats take place across multiple platforms: Video, live zoom discussions and where possible in-house sessions.