Casey, W. (2014). Strong Spirit Strong Mind Model – Informing Policy and Practice. In P. Dudgeon, H. Milroy and R. Walker (Eds.), Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice, 2nd edition (pp.449-458). Commonwealth of Australia.

This chapter explores the Strong Spirit Strong Mind model specifically in terms of its application for practitioners and policy makers, and those seeking to use a highly regarded, culturally appropriate and holistic way of working with Aboriginal clients to deal with emotional, spiritual and social problems. Strong Spirit Strong Mind articulates the importance of strengthening the Inner Spirit to enhance good decision making and support behavioural change, not only at an individual level, but also with family and community.

This chapter is based on the Ngarlu model outlined in detail in Chapter 17 in the first edition of Working Together; and the Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Framework for Western Australia 2011–20151 and the Strong Spirit Strong Future: Promoting Healthy Women and Pregnancies resources, which both advocate the Strong Spirit Strong Mind approach.