Decolonising psychology – part one

Runtime 00:32:06
Released 19/2/24
Emerging Minds Podcast
Emerging Minds Podcast
Decolonising psychology - part one

In this two-part series, Professor Pat Dudgeon AM, Belle Selkirk and Dr Joanna Alexi (Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing) share their experiences of decolonising psychology and take listeners on a journey through the impactful work of the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP). 

Rooted in the challenging history of Indigenous representation in psychology, this episode delves into Aunty Pat’s personal experiences and her motivation to decolonise psychology. Belle and Joanna share their perspectives, highlighting the transformative effects of AIPEP in reshaping psychology education in Australia. From revising accreditation standards to creating a community of practice, the episode unpacks the multifaceted approach AIPEP employs to build a culturally responsive and inclusive psychology education landscape.

In this episode, you will:

  • discover Aunty Pat Dudgeon’s personal journey as a psychologist [01:39] 
  • learn about the formation and evolution of AIPEP [05:16] 
  • explore the impact of AIPEP on reshaping psychology education in Australia [09:34]  
  • delve into the critical role played by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council in setting new standards [24:13] 
  • understand the diverse projects within AIPEP, from up-skilling university educators and embedding Indigenous content in textbooks, to building a culturally responsive workforce and supporting graduates entering the field [26:53]

Further information and resources:

Decolonising psychology – part two podcast

Psychology education needs to reflect the lives of aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students fact sheet

Decolonising mental health when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families Emerging Minds and Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN), June 2023

Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP)

A History of Indigenous Psychology

Positive partnerships: Working alongside Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing

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