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Weaving indigenous Tangata Whenua and western counselling theory and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand


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This workshop describes some of the preliminary research findings of the first year curriculum development in the Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling) endorsement. Students' learning is scaffolded to produce a professional practice unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. As counsellor educators informed by social constructionism we detail our intention to teach in ways that produces parity between indigenous models of practice, and selected western theory and practice. We provide a description of the re-shaping of our first year ‘core’ counselling curriculum evoking the metaphor of ‘weaving’ to describe our process. We outline our rationale for re-shaping the first year ‘core’ counselling modules; some of the taken-for-granted assumptions in the curriculum; and some of the challenges.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Counselling theory; Counselling Education; Cross-cultural practce; Curriculum development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Development
Depositing User: Vivianne Flintoff
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2011 01:25
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:31

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