You are asked to write a series of five journal entries to answer the questions outlined below.
Journal Entry 1
One of the psychological impacts of colonisation is transgenerational trauma.
What is transgenerational trauma?
Why is it a legacy of colonisation?
This entry will deepen your understanding of the transgenerational psychological impacts of colonisation on Indigenous peoples and cultures. This is covered in Module 7.
Journal Entry 2
Rosemary Wanganeen says that Australia has a lot of grief.
Why does this apply to both Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians?
This entry will increase your knowledge of Indigenous loss and grief models and methodologies. An introduction to this is covered in Module 8.
Journal Entry 3
“The failure of psychology to identify the likely effect of the removal policies on Indigenous children, to speak out on the issue, or to undertake any kind of advocacy role remains one of the major failings of the profession in Australia.” (Textbook, p. 196).
Why is Indigenous advocacy an important role for Psychologists and the discipline of Psychology?
Describe a recent initiative of the Australian Psychological Society to make the discipline more inclusive of Australian Indigenous people.
This entry provides an opportunity for you to critically reflect on the culture and values of the discipline of Psychology. An introduction to this is covered in Module 9.
Journal Entry 4
Harriet Radermacher (2006) talks about having a “people are just people attitude.” (Textbook, p. 160).
What are the problems with this?
Why would it be a problem if you were working with Indigenous people as a psychologist?
This entry provides an opportunity for you to critically reflect on yourself as an individual and professional. An introduction to this is covered in Module 10.
Journal Entry 5
Gabb and McDermotts’s (2008) transcultural paradigm outline’s a model of effective practice. The first step is understanding the nature and significance of culture.
“Effective cultural interaction requires professionals to have an understanding of the importance of culture in their client’s lives and to have a deep understanding of the central importance of world views as these will affect attitudes and behaviours” (Textbook, p. 230).
There are two perspectives we need to understand in doing this; the clients and our own.
What have you learnt about aspects of your own attitude and world view that would be relevant if working with someone from another culture?
This entry provides an opportunity to consider and reflect on the implications of the content covered in this subject for professional practice when working with people from diverse cultures. An introduction to this material is provided in Module 12.
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This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
be able to demonstrate understanding of the trans-generational psychological impacts of colonisation on Indigenous peoples and cultures, including the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families, within human rights and social justice frameworks
be able to demonstrate critical reflection on the self as an individual and professional, and upon the discipline, including its paradigms, assumptions, methodologies and history of interaction with Indigenous Australian peoples and communities
be able to demonstrate knowledge of Indigenous loss and grief models and methodologies
be able to demonstrate reflection on the implications of the content covered in this subject for professional practice when working with people from diverse cultures.
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