Lorraine Muller outlines a theory for professional practice with Aboriginal clients in the human services, based on traditional Aboriginal knowledge and spirituality.
Most people of European background are not aware that they see the world through the lens of the Western tradition, but for Indigenous people, it can seem like a foreign language.
Aboriginal ways of thinking and working are grounded in many thousands of years of oral tradition, and continue today. Lorraine Muller shows that understanding traditional holistic approaches to social and emotional well-being is essential for practitioners working with Aboriginal clients across the human services. She explores core principles of traditional Aboriginal knowledge, including relatedness, country, circular learning, stories, and spirituality. She then shows how these principles represent a theory for Aboriginal practice.
A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work offers a deep insight into Aboriginal Australian ways of working with people, in the context of a decolonisation framework. It is an invaluable resource for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal practitioners and researchers in health, social work, community work, education and related fields.