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Launch of publication: Indigenous identity in contemporary psychology: dilemmas, developments, directions

Posted on: 2 July, 2008
Issue: Vol 8 No 3, July 2008 - September 2008
Related to Cultural ways Social and emotional wellbeing Social issues

Darren Garvey – photograph by Sam ProctorAn important new publication – ‘Indigenous identity in contemporary psychology: dilemmas, developments, directions’ – was launched at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies of Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia on 30 April.

Darren Garvey, the author of the book, is a lecturer at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, and worked for the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet for a period in 2006-07.

Speakers at the launch included Joan Winch and Pat Dudgeon.

Darren will be using part of the royalties to establish an award within the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and the Australian Psychological Society.

Garvey DC (2007)
Indigenous identity in contemporary psychology: dilemmas, developments, directions.
Melbourne: Cengage Learning

This publication explores a range of issues surrounding the establishment, development and maintenance of connections between psychology and Indigenous Australians. The book is thought provoking, interactive and practical, and contains the following features:

  • contains many ‘Insights’ – essays and anecdotal reflections from highly-regarded Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners and academics in psychology, mental health and other health fields;
  • includes numerous activities that provide opportunities for discussion and personal reflection on the material; and
  • provides a list of resources for further information on Indigenous people and psychology.

The book encourages readers to reflect honestly and deeply on their own attitudes. Moreover, this text offers practical advice for psychologists interacting with Indigenous people and provides models of engagement for facilitating culturally competent involvement.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

  • Contact details:
    • Cengage Learning Australia, Level 7 80 Dorcas St, South Melbourne, VIC 3205, ph: (03) 9685 4111, fax: (03) 9685 4199, email:
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