Australia is engaged in the process of reconciliation. In this paper we argue that psychology has a key role to play in the process, and outline a position on psychology and reconciliation. We begin with and overview of reconciliation and by identifying the some of the factors that have impeded psychology’s involvement with Indigenous people. We argue that recent developments in psychology, such as the rise of narrative and critical psychology, along with the Indigenous Mental Health Movement, have encouraged the development of specific psychologies aimed at decolonisation, empowerment, and social transformation. We suggest that critical awareness and cultural competence within a social justice framework are key elements of a psychology committed to reconciliation.
The information contained on this website has been sourced by the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP) and AIPEP 2. The first AIPEP was funded by the Australian Government Office of Teaching and Learning. AIPEP 2 is part of the Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing Project, funded by the Million Minds Mission Grant. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office of Teaching and Learning or the Million Minds Mission Grant.
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