crcp2016-cairoIdentifying and Embracing Ourselves as Caribbean Psychologists: Global Lessons We Have to Teach and Negotiate

Aminata Cairo

There is something unique about being from the Caribbean. As a region we have a legacy of inter-ethnic, multicultural living and engagement within a context of historical oppression, colonialism and exploitation. In addition the Caribbean experience is shaped by migration, creativity, extended relations and connections through the diaspora, and so on. As psychologists we are well aware of this. We are also aware of the need for treatment paradigms from our own perspectives and that our perspectives can contribute to an ever globalizing world. However, how do we practice these paradigms in a professional field that remains dominated and validated by European and (white) American norms? What does it mean to have a truly multicultural approach to practicing psychology? Do we practice from the margin, and if so, how can this be a space of empowerment as opposed to a space of limited significance?