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Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives in Counselling Psychology (Speaking Together). Nhlanhla Mkhize, PhD University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Psychology South Africa [email protected] Background. Over-reliance on imported theoretical frameworks

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Incorporating indigenous perspectives in counselling psychology speaking together

Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives in Counselling Psychology(Speaking Together)

Nhlanhla Mkhize, PhD

University of KwaZulu-Natal

School of Psychology

South Africa

[email protected]


Background
Background Psychology

  • Over-reliance on imported theoretical frameworks

  • Marginalization of others’ ways of being-in-the-world


Implications for counseling psychology training
Implications for Counseling Psychology Training Psychology

  • Reflect on assumptions embedded in our theories

  • What does it mean to be a black/white man/woman teaching counseling psych in the post-colonial context?

  • The social construction of minority students: and dominant narratives about minorities

  • Professional training and identity development


Plurality of knowledge diverse syllabi
Plurality of Knowledge: Diverse Syllabi Psychology

  • Incorporate indigenous worldviews in the Counseling Psychology Syllabi:

  • Human life interconnected, indivisible

  • Human beings inherently spiritual

  • Interdependence of Self & Other, Mind, Body & Spirit

  • Human participation in creative becoming; human beings as forms-in-waiting

  • Relationship between Balance & Imbalance


The role of language in counseling training
The Role of language in Counseling Training Psychology

  • Translation of major counseling texts into indigenous languages is required, in order to ensure conceptual equivalence

  • Bottom up approach: to bring local counseling knowledge and frameworks into the international arena


Recommendations
Recommendations Psychology

  • Incorporation of indigenous knowledge systems into the curriculum, while

  • Avoiding tokenism and anthropological essentialism and ghettoisation


Recommendations1
Recommendations Psychology

  • Contextualizing various claims to truth, to identify liberating and constraining discourses within the discipline of counseling psychology itself

  • Ongoing questioning of one’s assumptions and opening up to the world of the other, through dialogue

  • Paying attention to the role of power/power differentials in psychological work


Recommendations2
Recommendations Psychology

  • Paying attention to knowledge communicated by our racialized and gendered bodies, knowledge ‘deposited’ in our bodies

  • Immersion experience for senior counseling students: to promote a practical and relational, rather than a detached and theoretical, view of the other


Recommendations3
Recommendations Psychology

  • A vernacular language requirement for all trainee counselling psychologists

  • Internationalization: Translation of major international texts into African languages

  • A bottom up approach to research, to make local counselling concepts international

  • That way, we will be able to say, we are ………….


Speaking together
Speaking Together Psychology

Thank You

kea le boha

ngiyabonga

E Nkosi!

Asante sana!

Baie dankie


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