Preparing to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island (Indigenous) peoples: decolonisation for social work practice

Muller, Lorraine (2016) Preparing to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island (Indigenous) peoples: decolonisation for social work practice. In: Maidment, J., and Egan, R., (eds.) Practice Skills for Social Work & Welfare. Allen and Unwin, Australia, pp. 84-101.

[img] PDF (Published Version) - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

 
10


Abstract

This chapter presents a brief outline of Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous Australian Social-Health Theory. Drawing on the notion of research as pedagogy put forward by Dr Linda Payi Ford, students will be encouraged to seek knowledge and inform themselves about the peoples they will work with, in this case Indigenous Australians. Alternative narratives contrary to negative stereo-types are embedded in the social script of Australia. The basic aim of this chapter is to encourage students of social work to consider non-populist histories and worldviews, to reflect on their own assumptions, and be open to change. Anticipated outcomes that students may then be able to respectfully engage with and begin to work respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Skills learned are also relevant to working with clients and colleagues from diverse backgrounds. Decolonisation offers a framework to help students embark on their personal learning journey to develop the basic skills of observation, reflection, and clarification, skills that will enhance their professional practice.

Item ID: 49724
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-74331-831-7
Keywords: social work, indigenous health
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2017 04:05
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 60%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 100%
Downloads: Total: 10
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page