Pakeha counsellors consider their positioning: Towards postcolonial praxis

Crocket, Alastair (2011) Pakeha counsellors consider their positioning: Towards postcolonial praxis. In: Department of Counselling and Applied Educational Psychology, Northeastern University: Brown Bag Colloquium Series, 24 October, 2011, Boston, MA. (Unpublished)

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What influences shape cross-cultural practice by practitioners who might be identified as part of a dominant cultural group? This presentation offers some insights gained through research conducted with highly experienced white counselors in New Zealand who each had a strong commitment to culturally appropriate practice. Notwithstanding their experience and commitment, they faced significant discursive restraints in their practice. In particular discourses of social justice both enabled and restrained their practice. This presentation focuses primarily on effects of a cultural safety discourse as well as rangitiratanga (independence/autonomy) and (cultural) partnership discourses. 3. Expected learning outcomes i. An exploration of the discourses which produce cross-cultural practice (especially cultural discourses) ii. The power of discourse to enable and restrain counselors’ effectiveness iii. The concept of ‘moments’ of Pākehā (white) identity iv. A discussion of how these ideas may inform practice and education

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Keywords that describe the item:counselling, cross cultural practice, positioning theory
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions:Schools > School of Social Development
ID Code:1588
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