A Self-study: Being a White Psychologist in an Indian World

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Peter Lang, 2010 - Psychology - 191 pages
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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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Contents

Exploring White Privilege
25
Mystery
39
The Kids Who Come
57
Bereaved Woman
79
Ceremonies and Gatherings
91
White People Suck
111
Reflecting on Whiteness
119
Informing Self
131
Informing Practice
169
Bibliography
177
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About the author (2010)

Todd J. Sojonky holds a Ph.D. from the Educational Psychology program at the University of Regina (Canada). He is a registered doctoral psychologist with extensive experience in marriage and family counselling rooted in a transpersonal and relational approach to healing. Todd is well known for his motivational presentations and workshops. He has extensive clinical experience in the mainstream healthcare system and with the First Nations people throughout Canada. He currently works as a psychologist for Correctional Service Canada and operates a private practice in marriage and family therapy.

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