Dulwich Centre Foundation works within Australia and in many different countries with children, young people and adults who have experienced significant adversity.
As a not-for-profit charitable organisation, we respond to groups and communities facing mental health difficulties as the result of significant hardships (trauma, violence, drug and alcohol issues, grief and loss, poverty, racism, discrimination, dispossession, war, and so on).
The work of our Foundation involves:
- direct counselling and community work with individuals, groups, and communities
- developing respectful, effective, and culturally-appropriate methodologies to respond to community mental health issues and collective trauma
- working in partnership with local communities to engage with children, young people, and adults using these methodologies
- building the capacity of local mental health workers/community members to address mental health issues in a range of contexts.
The Dulwich Centre Foundation is linked with Dulwich Centre which, over the last 30 years, has established a national and international reputation in relation to the development, provision, and training of narrative therapy and community work. Methodologies developed at Dulwich Centre are taught in many university courses, and adopted by many counselling, mental health, and community organisations both in Australia and overseas.
Sustaining hope in the context of social suffering:
Dulwich Centre Foundation’s projects include:
- Tree of Life narrative approach
- Life-saving tips: Sharing survival stories between young people of different backgrounds across Australia
- Healing stories:Aboriginal narrative practice
- Narrative responses to the pandemic
- Welcoming new arrivals
- Mental health: Supporting children whose parents are struggling with their mental health
- Friday Afternoons at Dulwich: Free videos for practitioners about narrative ways of working
- Team of Life: Offering young people a sporting chance!
- Preventing prisoner rape project
Dulwich Centre Foundation’s international projects include:
- Responding to trauma in Palestine: Palestinian Narrative Institute
- Sparking economic action – Narrative ‘development’ work: How can narrative ideas be used to spark and sustain diverse forms of economic ‘development’?
- Responding to genocide: Rwanda, Australia and elsewhere
- Strengthening relationships between generations in refugee and immigrant communities
- Using narrative practices with vulnerable children, young people and workers in India
Dulwich Centre Foundation
Dulwich Centre Foundation would like to acknowledge the support of:
- Mental Health Council of Australia
- Collier Charitable Fund
- Diverse Australia Project – Federal Department of Immigration and Citizenship
- Trust Company
- Fred Archer Charitable Trust
- Melbourne Narrative Therapy Community!
- Community Benefit South Australia (South Australian Government)
- The Samuel Nissen Charitable Foundation
- Perpetual Philanthropic Services
- Scanlon Foundation
- St George Foundation
- Multicultural SA and the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (South Australian Government)
- Aboriginal Benefits Foundation
Dulwich Centre Foundation (International)
We would also like to acknowledge the support of:
- Direct Aid Program, AusAID, Australian Government in relation to work conducted in Rwanda, Uganda, Iraq and Sri Lanka
- SMEC Foundation
- European Commission for work in Palestine
We work with partners throughout Australia and different parts of the world. To learn more, click here.
Contributing to projects
We are currently involved in a wide range of narrative projects. We invite your participation as we continue to expand the boundaries of narrative practice. If you are interested in these projects and themes or have ideas for others, please contact us!