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Apr 6, 2018
When My Soul Connects With Their Soul - Decolonizing & Indigenizing Psychological Practice with Indigenous Peoples
Facilitated by Dr. Karlee Fellner




PAA Presents

“When My Soul Connects with Their Soul:”

Decolonizing & Indigenizing Psychological Practice with Indigenous Peoples

 Facilitated by Dr. Karlee Fellner



Intended Audience


Professionals working in direct service provision that involves case conceptualization, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and/or intervention. Professionals in leadership and administration in organizations that provide the aforementioned clinical services.




While the field of psychology continues to move toward greater cultural sensitivity, research, education, and practice remain grounded primarily in dominant Euro Western approaches. Such approaches perpetuate colonial narratives and practices in assessment, diagnosis, conceptualization, and treatment, limiting clinical effectiveness with Indigenous people. This workshop draws on community-based Indigenous research and national reports, engaging attendees in understanding how they may better serve Indigenous people, from Indigenous perspectives. Participants will learn how to begin restor(y)ing colonial narratives of pathology using Indigenous counter narratives of survivance, resilience, resistance, and resurgence that move Indigenous people and communities toward individual and collective wellness, balance, and harmony. This workshop will engage attendees in considering how they may transform their work through applying a medicine bundle framework that incorporates community-based perspectives on best practices that are based in love, good relationships, Indigenous knowledges, living a good life, responsibility, identity and belonging, and land. Indigenous approaches to psychotherapy and complex trauma work will be discussed, including how to bring an “all my relations,” land-based, strength-based, culturally responsive, holistic, and historically sensitive approach to therapeutic work through the application of Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing.




        Friday 06 April 2018

        9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

        Sawridge Inn, Edmonton, AB





  Dr. Karlee Fellner is Cree/Métis from central Alberta. She is a grateful visitor on the traditional territories of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai Blackfoot Nations, the T'suu Tina, and the Stoney Nakoda peoples. In 2007, Karlee completed her B.A. with Cooperative Work Experience in Psychology at the University of Alberta. She then went on to receive her M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2009, and Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2016. Karlee joined the Werklund School of Education as an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Education Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2013. Karlee has been working with diverse clients in counselling and assessment since 2007, prior to which she was working in inpatient psychiatric facilities. She has independently designed and taught courses in counselling and psychology at numerous universities and a private First Nations college, and has published book chapters and research articles in the fields of psychology, health, and social work. Karlee is also an instructor in the Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy & Complex Trauma certificate program offered through the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Karlee’s areas of interest include Indigenous approaches to therapy and trauma work, multicultural psychology, Indigenous research, Indigenous curriculum and pedagogy, culturally appropriate counselling, working with complex trauma, holistic and traditional approaches to wellness, and miyo pimâtisiwin (living a good life). Karlee centres Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies in her research, pedagogy, and counselling practice. She strives to nurture diversity in all facets of her work in hopes that upcoming generations of diverse students will feel empowered bringing their own worldviews, traditions, beliefs, stories, and values into their areas of research, education, and practice.





The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists.  This workshop is offered for six (6.0) hours of CE Credit.  Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits.  Partial credit will not be awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits.  PAA maintains responsibility for the program.




Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by writing to the PAA office.  Cancellations received fourteen (14) days prior to the Continuing Education activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $25.00 + gst processing fee.  PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided. 

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