Returning the Colonizers Gaze: Critiquing Whiteness in Our Training Programs

Laurie D. McCubbin, Rozen M. Alex, Jude Bergkamp, Celeste M. Malone, Chiachih D.C. Wang, Amy L. Reynolds

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Psychology training in North America faces a critical threat of White supremacy born from ignoring Whiteness imbedded in the training, which can no longer be ignored. We discuss Whiteness as an underlying force within our profession and training programs. This is followed by a review of critical race theory, decolonization, and indigenization of the academy as frameworks and the application of a developmental perspective to cultivate meaningful change on an individual and departmental level. Finally, we identify resources for assessing, remediating, and transforming psychology training programs at all levels. Our intent is to bring into focus the forces of sabotage that so commonly stifle well-intended deep structural change within psychology programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-21
Number of pages8
JournalTraining and Education in Professional Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023

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  • White supremacy
  • critical race theory
  • decolonization
  • indigeneity
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychology (all)


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