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International Resources

Here are some international resources that were vetted and are provided to the benefit of Alberta’s psychologists in practice and in training, and those considering the field of psychology, especially our future Indigenous psychologists.

  • Native Land Map
    This interactive map of the world offers an opportunity to view the territories, languages, and treaties of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Focusing-Oriented Therapy
    Shirley Turcotte discusses the need for Aboriginal Psychotherapy perspectives in collaboration with Focusing-Oriented Therapy when working with complex trauma.
  • Right Use of Power Institute
    The Right Use of Power Institute provides training, consultation, and resources. These help individuals and organizations cultivate the skills, sensitivities, and concepts that will increase and deepen understanding of power relationships, intelligence, effectiveness, and satisfaction. The Right Use of Power approach is a dynamic, inspiring, and relational approach to the ethical use of professional and personal power to promote well-being and the common good.
  • Indigenous Ally Toolkit (PDF)
    This document presents a series of steps to help individuals become allies to Indigenous peoples.
  • Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing – Te Mauri – Pimatisiwin
    The Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing is a peer-reviewed, open-access, scholarly online journal that shares multi-disciplinary Indigenous knowledge and research experience amongst Indigenous health professionals, leaders, researchers, and community members. The journal publishes original, informative, and scholarly articles on the broadly defined topic of Indigenous wellbeing.
  • Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Psychotherapy
    The video explains how Aboriginal Psychotherapy perspectives collaborate with Focusing-Oriented Therapy when working with complex trauma in Indigenous populations.

Australian and New Zealand Resources

  • Te Manu Kai i Te Mātauranga: Indigenous Psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand
    This book brings together the work of 18 Māori psychologists. Including a diverse range of expertise, topics covered include Kaupapa Māori psychology, community psychology, mental health, drugs and alcohol, neuropsychology, family violence, educational psychology, and child and adolescent psychology.
  • Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project
    AIPEP draws on multiple perspectives of Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders in order to develop guidance, support, and recommendations for psychology training programs to play their role in closing the gap. Literature and book resources endorsed by AIPEP can be found HERE.
  • Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association
    AIPA is committed to improving the social and emotional well-being and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples by leading the change required to deliver equitable, accessible, sustainable, timely, and culturally competent psychological care which respects and promotes their cultural integrity.
  • A History of Aboriginal Psychology
    Pat Dudgeon, Debra Rickwood, Darren Garvey, and Heather Gridley author this chapter about the discipline and practice of psychology that has been part of the
    colonizing process influencing the mental health of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Indigenous Psychology in New Zealand
    Shiloh Groot, Jade Le Grice, and Linda Waimarie Nikora wrote a chapter about Indigenous psychology in New Zealand.
  • Indigenous Psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia
    Pat Dudgeon and Linda Waimarie Nikora discuss the importance of the use of esoteric, ceremonial, environmental, and relational knowledge included to counterbalance the individualism inherent in mainstream psychology across Australia and New Zealand.
  • Māori and Psychology: Indigenous Psychology in New Zealand
    Linda Waimarie Nikora highlights the Māori Peoples’ own approaches to health and well-being, which stem from a world view that values balance, continuity, unity, and purpose.
  • Pacifica Graduate Institute 
    Offers an overview of Indigenous psychology and expresses the need for Indigenizing psychology. Under Indigenous psychologies, the conception and development of the self encompass the individual embedded in the context of family, culture, and nature at large.