Fractured culture: educare as a healing approach to Indigenous trauma

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Delauney, T 2013, 'Fractured culture: educare as a healing approach to indigenous trauma', The International Journal of Science in Society, vol. 4.

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In Australia, governments of various persuasions spend many millions of dollars 'tackling' drug and alcohol abuse, high incarceration rates, violence, and other social problems in Indigenous communities. Research shows that trauma and addiction go hand in hand, and Intergenerational Trauma, a complex form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is expressed as violence and drug and alcohol abuse, with poor health, and high rates of injury, death, and imprisonment. Educare, education as healing, is an Indigenous pedagogical approach that uses culturally sensitive protocols and utilises ‘cultural medicine'.

A major strength of this approach is the use of Indigenous cultural tools. Weaknesses include the limited number of trained Indigenous practitioners. The importance of this program relies on cultural safety, Educaring and Dadirri as spiritual and holistic healing methods. Research suggests that many social problems are associated with disconnection from traditional cultural and spiritual ways of being. Indigenous peoples have a role to play in developing and implementing culturally safe healing practices. The Indigenous program creates the relational milieu needed for genuine safety and is a recognized psychosocial variable in epidemiological patterns of disease. Healing via educaring is culturally safe, and is a genuine Indigenous pedagogical platform used for engaging with culture.

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