Using psychotherapeutic arts to decolonise counselling for Indigenous peoples

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McKenna, Tarquam and Woods, Davina (2012) Using psychotherapeutic arts to decolonise counselling for Indigenous peoples. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 3 (1). pp. 29-40. ISSN 2150-7686 (print) 2150-7708 (online)


Based on an invited Lecture at the 2nd Asia Pacific Rim Counselling Conference held in Hong Kong on 6–8 July 2011, this article documents the benefits of ‘artful autoethnography’ and advances discussion of the uses of autoethnography using art in formulating, evaluating and synthesising the field of arts psychotherapy to decolonise counselling for Indigenous peoples around the world. The authors consider the development, conduct and report on artful autoethnography as an emerging research practice and how it addresses psychotherapeutic arts practice. We consider the critical issues of identity for Indigenous peoples worldwide. Understanding the relevance of the research method and how artful autoethnography contributes to the wellness of Indigenous peoples worldwide, a premise of the article is that Indigenous communities have used artful practice for healing since time immemorial, and that the act of colonisation of their artworks for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual knowing is the ultimate act of larceny.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/21507686.2011.631145
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9301 Learner and Learning
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords ResPubID26054, Aboriginal peoples, artful auto-ethnographic method, yarning, story-telling, Indigenous peoples, culture, injustice, colonialism, human rights, dispossession, racism, Healing Our Spirit Worldwide, HOSW, psychotherapy, arts psychotherapy, psychology, 21st century, twenty first century, Australia
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