Indigenous Learning Outcomes

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The aim of the course is to develop knowledge and skills to work effectively with Indigenous Australians in the field of psychology. In order to do so, we need to explore concepts of culture, identity, belonging, cultural positioning, and social and emotional wellbeing. The majority of work in this course will be examining self and developing an understanding of one’s own learning needs.

Individual Learning Outcomes

Setting your own Learning Outcomes:

Consider your knowledge of “culture” in general (that being your own culture and others), and your knowledge and perception of Indigenous Australians (and be honest!).

This is a time to look more broadly at the course Learning Outcomes (please see below) and consider
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It is evidently clear what history thought about Indigenous Australians, and after learning this week’s content I find it appalling and quite disappointing that people would think to say such things. It made me feel embarrassed and sympathetic towards Indigenous Australians.______________________

Many Indigenous people are now accessing this information and historical documentation for many reasons for example, to trace family and/or as part of other educational studies.
The impact of this on individuals, families and communities is immense and varied.
We will be examining the effects and impact throughout the course.

What do you know about Indigenous Australians?


4) What can you remember about the first time you heard about Indigenous Australians? For example was it at kindergarten, primary/high school, friends, at home (through your parents, siblings), family connections, workplace, media? Can you remember what was said, implied, shown about Indigenous Australians? Was it positive or negative in its message? Ensure you are using critical analysis here (approx 50
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Knowledge; It is important for practitioners to have knowledge about diversity, history, culture and contemporary realities in order to become culturally competent. The practitioner should be aware that every client is their own person, understand treaties and history of governments, know about, “communication patterns and worldviews” and understand cultural politics and organizations, (Weaver, 1999)._________________________________

2. Skills; General skills and containment skills are relevant for culturally competent social work. General skills, including communication and problem solving, are important to be able to truly understand the client. Containment skills, “involving patience, the ability to tolerate silence and listening” and in general being less verbally active when communicating with other cultures, (Weaver, 1999).________________________________________________

3. Values; Value themes including, “self-awareness, willing to learn, respect and social justice” are important to provide competent services. The ability for practitioners to be grounded in their own culture, to be continually educated, to set aside prejudices and be aware of special rights, is critical in becoming culturally competent, (Weaver,

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