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Qualifications and Memberships / Associations

Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Curtin University 2000

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Curtin University 2001

Supervisor – Graham Guest 2010 – 2012

EMDR Basic Training – Graham Taylor 2017

EMDR Accreditation 2018

Gemma is currently completing her Consultancy Training in EMDR 2020

EMDR Supervisor – Anthony (Tony) Smith 2017 – 2018

Supervisor – Graham Guest 2019 and 2020

Associate Member Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Associate Converge International

Member EMDR Association Australia (EMDRAA)

Member EMDR Interest Group APS

Comcare Accredited South Australia

Trauma Recovery Network Member 2020

Community Services

Goodwood Community Services Board Member 2012 – 2014

The Smith Family Student Mentor 2018

SA State Coordinator Trauma Recovery Network


Psychological sense of community: An Australian Aboriginal experience

Brian Bishop, Simon Colquhoun, Gemma Johnson

12 December 2005


Sense of community (SOC) is central to an individual’s psychological wellbeing (Sarason, 1974). Eleven participants, mainly from the North West of Western Australia, took part in semistructured interviews investigating Australian Aboriginal notions of community and SOC. Five key themes emerged from the data. These included: kinship structure, language groups, skin groups, education, and knowledge. It is argued that the themes of kinship structure, language groups, and skin groups described the Aboriginal social structure whereas the themes of education and knowledge described the maintenance of a SOC. The impact of this conclusion on the theoretical understanding of a psychological SOC was discussed using analogies to Tönnies’ (1957) distinction between Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals.