A Self-study: Being a White Psychologist in an Indian World
This book is a self-study that addresses my work as a psychologist, the impact of self upon client contact and the importance of psychologist awareness in a therapeutic experience. The context of my practice involved primarily, but not exclusively, indigenous peoples throughout Canada. The critical significance of the colonial experiences of First Nations people is a second lens through which my identity as white male psychologist is interpreted. The understanding of personal healing and spiritual growth as a part of the therapeutic experience are uniquely a part of the First Nations peoples and became central to the research process (Duran & Duran, 1995). The research story is not about First Nations peoples rather the impact a white male psychologist carries as privilege into clinical situations. First Nations people informed my practice and challenged me to consider who I was as a psychologist
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