"Someone's gotta listen": An exploration of collaborative counselling group work using a decolonizing framework
LE3 .A278 2016
Master of Education
This research followed a group of five Indigenous and non-Indigenous women in a six week collaborative group counselling process. The structure of the group was collaborative and themes of power and privilege were discussed. The purpose of this study is to show how decolonization and collaboration may inform group counselling practice to foster cultural safety. The research was framed by decolonizing methodologies and feminist counselling theory. To provide a rich and nuanced case study, qualitative research methods included group observation, semi-structured interviews, and personal field notes. Data include recordings of group sessions and individual interviews. Through analysis, I underscore the details of the process that were significant. Results highlight how the collaborative nature of the group was a significant part of the meaning participants took from their experience. From this research, I suggest areas for further research including collaborative group work in a wider variety of contexts including counselling education.
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