A history of Indigenous Psychology

Pat Dudgeon, Debra RICKWOOD, Darren Garvey, Heather Gridley

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This chapter discusses how the discipline and practice of psychology has been part of the colonising process influencing the mental health of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It outlines events where the discipline of psychology has been supportive of, and responsive to, the Aboriginal mental health movement, heralding the empowerment and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at all levels of mental health service provision. The chapter identifies key milestones in psychology, pointing to positive ways in which psychologists can work together with Aboriginal Australians to improve their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The chapter examines the different ways that psychology has impacted upon Aboriginal Australians—through science, practice and reflective action—and how these three domains intersect and interrelate, influencing the discipline’s understanding of, and responses to, Aboriginal mental health and wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Well-being Principles and Practice
EditorsNola Purdie, Pat Dudgeon, Roz Walker
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherKulunga Research Network
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780977597536
ISBN (Print)9780957949447
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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