Narratives of Twitter as a platform for professional development, innovation, and advocacy

Geia, Lynore, Pearson, Luke, and Sweet, Melissa (2017) Narratives of Twitter as a platform for professional development, innovation, and advocacy. Australian Psychologist, 52 (4). pp. 280-287.

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Abstract

Objective: To explore why and how Twitter engagement may be useful for health professionals with an interest in decolonising practice and for supporting the social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Method: A narrative methodology is used to explore innovative uses of Twitter with relevance to the SEWB of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The authors present their personal and professional stories of engagement with Twitter as three inter-related case studies.

Results: Thematic analysis of these narratives found that Twitter is enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share their stories and experiences, and to develop new connections and collaborations for change. It provides a platform for reflexivity, reciprocity, relationship-building, strengths-based learning and practice, advocacy, and other elements of decolonising practice.

Conclusion: Engaging with Twitter offers psychologists and other health professionals an opportunity for improving their understanding of the complexity of factors affecting the SEWB of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and for developing their professional practice into new spheres.

Item ID: 50292
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1742-9544
Keywords: decolonising, narratives, social and emotional wellbeing, social media, Twitter, yarning
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 07:42
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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