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  • Print publication year: 2017
  • Online publication date: August 2018

6 - Indigenous and bicultural resources

from Section II - Cultural diversity and resources


In 2007 I guest edited a special issue on Indigenous counselling for the journal Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health published by the Australian Counselling Association. This followed the publication of a scholarly review I conducted on Indigenous mental health and substance abuse in 2006 (Pelling, 2006a, 2007). I am, nonetheless, not an expert on Indigenous Australian psychology and recognise my limitations in this area. If competence in any applied area relates to knowledge, self and other awareness, and skill, then I must admit that I am lacking in competence in these important Australian psychological foci (Pelling, 2006b) and similarly am lacking in terms of bicultural New Zealand (NZ) competence.

However, I have worked with Dwayne Kennedy and Joseph Randolph Bowers to ensure that the current edition of this handbook provides a framework for relating to Australian Indigenous psychology and counselling. Additionally, there are international sources of published information on both Indigenous and bicultural issues relevant to abnormal psychology. Indigenous issues are a focus of the Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) of the United Nations (UN) and information can be found through the UN main page for those interested in supporting and promoting the mandate of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues within the UN forum (UN, 2016).

Related to Australian psychology, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has an interest group focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Psychology (2016). This APS interest group makes available resources and publications as well as online training. Similarly, the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) has published various papers including a discussion paper relating to the determinants of Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing (Kelly et al., 2010). Another author in the area of Indigenous psychology is Victoria Hovane (2015). The AIPA provides leadership on issues related to the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and offers cultural competence workshops (AIPA, 2015, 2016).

Bicultural NZ psychological information can be found through the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS). The NZPsS has bicultural articles published by year in the New Zealand Journal of Psychology, thus highlighting the importance of bicultural psychology in NZ.

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Abnormal Psychology in Context
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