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Psychology and Indigenous Australians : Foundations of Cultural Competence - Rob Ranzijn

Psychology and Indigenous Australians

Foundations of Cultural Competence

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This book fills an important gap in understanding the psychological impact of colonization on Indigenous Australians. Using cultural competence as a theoretical framework, it starts with an exploration of the nature of culture and worldviews which permeates and integrates the book. It provides a convincing explanation of how colonization has affected Indigenous Australians, the role of psychology in this process, and ways forward to redress Indigenous disadvantage. A key emphasis is on ‘doing our own work', the essential role of critical reflection in trans-cultural communication.

About the Authors

Rob Ranzijn is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and the leader of the Psychology and Indigenous Australians project team which has been working since 2004 to incorporate cultural competence and Indigenous content into psychology undergraduate education by means of curriculum guidelines developed by the project team and seminars, workshops and conferences on relations between psychology and Indigenous Australians.

Keith McConnochie has qualifications in psychology, education and archaeology and extensive experience in teaching and researching Indigenous issues since 1969. He has published extensively in Indigenous education, Australian race relations, Indigenous Archaeology, pedagogies of cultural competence, and Indigenous curriculum.

Wendy Nolan is the Deputy Director and Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Education of the Centre for Indigenous Studies at Charles Sturt University. She acts as consultant providing cultural competence training programs to practitioners across Australia. She has received a number of research grants for her work in developing cultural competence as a pedagogical model for incorporating Indigenous content into university degree programs

Part 1 Setting the context

Chapter 1 Cultural competence and the role of the professional in Indigenous Australia
Chapter 2 World views and culture

Part 2 Foundations of Australian Indigenous Cultures

Chapter 3 The Dreaming, land & social organisation
Chapter 4 Economy, identity & Social Structure

Part 3 The Psychological Impact of Invasion & Colonisation

Chapter 5 Overview of contact history
Chapter 6 The Stolen Generations
Chapter 7 Contemporary issues
Chapter 8 The psychological impacts of colonisation

Part 4 Psychology & Indigenous Australians

Chapter 9 The Racialising of Australia: Ideology: policy and paradigms
Chapter 10 Psychology & Indigenous Australians
Chapter 11 Critical reflexivity

Part 5 Psychology & Professional Practice

Chapter 12 Working effectively in Indigenous contexts

ISBN: 9781420256284
ISBN-10: 1420256289
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 20th October 2009
Publisher: Macmillan Education Australia
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 16.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.47