Non-Indigenous Mental Health Professionals’ Experiences of Decolonizing Their Practice

Title: Non-Indigenous Mental Health Professionals’ Experiences of Decolonizing Their Practice

Description: To date, little research has been devoted to understanding how mental health professionals decolonize mental health services either in their private practices and/or service agencies. The purpose of the current study is to redress a stark omission in the literature documenting ways in which mental health professionals decolonize and Indigenize mental health services. The three key research questions are as follows:
1) How do non-Indigenous mental health professionals’ experience decolonizing their mental health services (other words may include “Indigenizing,” “developing anti-oppressive practice,” and “developing cultural allyship?”
2) In what ways do non-Indigenous mental health professionals practice cultural humility and strive to provide decolonized, anti-oppressive services to Indigenous clients? and
3) How do non-Indigenous mental health professionals acknowledge systems of power and privilege and advocate for social justice issues for their Indigenous clients?
By participating in this study, you are providing researchers with valuable information how mental health professionals work with and for Indigenous Peoples, which means they need to not only understand how Indigenous Peoples conceptualize themselves, their families, communities, health and the impact of colonial systems, but how they support the healing journey of their Indigenous clients.

Specifics:
Study Population: I am targeting six to eight certified or registered non-Indigenous mental health professionals (e.g., social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors) who have decolonized their practice.
Participant Obligation: Participants must be willing to reflect on and discuss their experiences of decolonizing their practice in detail and meet with the researcher for a one to 1.5-hour interview.
If you are interested in participating in this research project or you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me [Lorna Beech] by e-mail at mental.health2020@usask.ca. You are also welcome to contact my supervisor, Dr. Stephanie Martin (Stephanie.Martin@usask.ca).

Location: Online - Saskatoon using Zoom or a telephone interview.

Project lead: Lorna Beech. Supervisor: Dr. Stephanie Martin, RD Psych; Educational Psychology in School and Counselling at the University of Saskatchewan

Study Dates: May 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020