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There are an estimated 10,625 people who directly experienced the trauma generated by forcible removal, an estimated 25,844 children (second generation) who have been living with parents affected by forcible removal, and an estimated 40,612 grandchildren who continue to experience the effects of their grandparents’ removal.1 Two models developed by Aboriginal people have been evaluated and consistently identified as ‘best practice’ to assist those who have been forcibly removed—Link-Up family tracing and reunion services, and the Marumali Journey of Healing. Both seek to restore what the children lost when they were removed. This chapter provides insight into the Marumali Journey of Healing which works in harmony with Link-Up family tracing and reunion services to restore connections to Aboriginal identity and social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The Marumali Journey of Healing is grounded in Aboriginal knowledge systems, and restoring connections to spirit and spirituality is key to recovery. Counsellors are encouraged to work in collaboration with other agencies, and a number of workshops have been developed to support this. As well as training Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander counsellors, workshops have been developed to train other mental health practitioners to work in partnership with Aboriginal counsellors.