Dr. Karlee Fellner on Personal and Collective Medicines & Embracing Diverse Teachings –
Dr. Karlee Fellner is currently an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Education Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. Karlee has been working with diverse clients in counselling and assessment since 2007, and has designed and taught courses in education, counselling, and psychology at universities and a private First Nations college.
She has also published book chapters and research articles in the fields of psychology, health, education, and social work. Karlee has been practicing Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy (AFOT) since 2013, and is currently an AFOT instructor with the program through the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
Her work focuses on decolonizing and Indigenizing health services, curriculum and pedagogy, research, and counselling through applying Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing.
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On today’s episode Karlee shares:
- Reconnecting with her heritage and culture.
- Healing through her work and dissertation.
- Validating Indigenous research paradigms and methodologies and drawing from previous Indigenous academics for her dissertation.
- Her advice for academics battling conventional ways of thinking.
- Using her dissertation to help others that are being oppressed and silenced in academic spaces.
- Insights about navigating colonial spaces in academia and health care.
- Defaulting to colonial approaches because we can’t agree on Indigenous approaches.
- Her advice from an Elder about honoring diverse teachings.
- What decolonizing and indigenizing towards wellness means.
- Concept of “survivance” created by Gerald Vizenor.
- Indigenous wellness models and the importance of language to communicate these concepts.
Selected Links from this Episode
- University of British Columbia Returning to our Medicines: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Mental Health Services to Better Serve Urban Indigenous Communities Dissertation by Dr. Fellner
- Returning to Our Medicines AHS video featuring Dr. Fellner
- Werklund School of Education University of Calgary
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