This report presents findings from a three-phase Impact Analysis Evaluation of the Bouverie Centre’s Aboriginal Family Therapy Training Program delivered by staff of the Indigenous Program, The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University.
Phase 1 involved analysing transcripts of a major student assessment task – their Spoken Essays in which students were required to articulate what they learned from their participation in the Aboriginal Family Therapy Training Program.
The first part of Phase 2 was based on conducting and analysing interviews with graduates and other stakeholders, and the second part of Phase 2 saw the development, administration and analysis of an online survey of all graduates.
Phase 3 integrated earlier phases into a Project Management Brief and related recommendations for the future of the program.
Findings from all three phases were consistent in delivering important messages. Graduates and other stakeholders agreed that the program is broadly achieving its objectives. Specifically, they confirmed that the program has led to substantial gains in the specialised knowledge, skills and motivation required to support effective family therapy practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The effects are, for many graduates, transformational in expanding their awareness, perspectives and competencies related to sophisticated conceptual and practical frameworks.
An evidence brief is also available.