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Thi program, run at Benelong's Haven, involves therapy for Indigenous Australians acknowledging the realities of the culture and communities the participants live in. The importance of social groups for Indigenous Australians provides the foundation for the program, as therapy involves sharing stories in a group setting.
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Benelong's Haven was the first residential alcohol and drug treatment program controlled and operated by an Aboriginal Australian. It was established by Val Bryant who had previously worked with Aboriginal alcoholics as a field officer with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. The author of the book, anthropologist, Richard Chenhall, at the invitation of Val Bryant, undertook fieldwork at the centre in Kinchela Creek, NSW, observing and participating in the activities and getting to know staff and residents. The book examines, at the ethnographic level, ways in which individuals are shaped by, and interact within, the larger structures and social institutions that surround them and documents Aboriginal people trying to achieve change in their lives.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract