A study of reconciliation for graduate counselling psychology students, by Nicole Kruger
Location: Virtual (link below)
Department: Master of Arts Counselling Psychology
Thesis Supervisor: Marvin McDonald, PhD (CPSY)
Second Reader: Patricia Victor, MAL (TWU University Siya:m)
Third Reader: Janelle Kwee, PhD (CPSY)
Exam Chair: Matthew Etherington, PhD (CPSY)
Abstract: The current research project sheds light on how non-Indigenous Counselling Psychology graduate students make sense of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This Grounded Theory study reveals how the participant's core processes stabilize and destabilize social constructs and thinking. The current study reflects the developing themes for emerging adults in Canadian society. The present work argues that reconciliation on a societal level begins with questioning and creating new narratives individually. However, reconciliation also focuses on a system approach to truth and how this relates to denial issues. Six processes emerging from both dominant and minority groups reveal the factors that facilitate societal reconciliatory discourse.