In this paper Kalikamurti reflects on the ongoing collision of Quality World pictures between Aboriginal and mainstream Australia. It outlines some of the impacts of invasion and addresses some of the challenges and opportunities of working with Aboriginal people in remote communities.
The focus is on working with people whose Quality World picture of life, culture, ambitions, and identity are very different from mainstream Australia, leading to what can seem irresolvable conflicted relationships. Further, this clash of Quality World pictures often leads to conflict between Aboriginal people and Government in terms of policy making, funding, education, and the completely different valuing of goals, law, lore, family, and relationships.
This work draws on Kalikamurti’s professional experience and provides some insights into how we at Centred in Choice continue to navigate to ensure that we can provide the best service and assistance to individuals and organisations. The focus of our work is well-being, independence and autonomy, viability, sustainability, adhering to the goals and values of the person or organisation, respect for culture and the provision of services that enhance the quality of life.
The paper was published in the International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy and is available here.