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Culture Shock

Culture shock is a process that occurs when people are unfamiliar with their cultural environment. It is a phenomenon that is not uncommon and has been identified as having different stages. These stages will be discussed at length during orientation.

The CRANA Bush Crisis Line and Support Services are available to be contacted 24 hours a day on Free-call Ph: 1800 805 391.

It can be easier to identify the symptoms of culture shock in others than in yourself! Try to establish a time at the end of each day to actively reflect on your practice. Writing in a journal can also be useful and therapeutic. Re-reading the journal can be very revealing in retrospect about the stages of cultural adaptation.

Questions to reflect on:


  • What did you achieve during the day?

  • How did you feel?

  • What could you have done better and how?

  • Were my actions appropriate and professional?

  • Did I find any particular issue perplexing or stressful?

  • Why?

  • Did anyone give me verbal or non-verbal feedback that I may have been reacting to an issue in a questionable way?

  • Could some of my responses been due to culture shock?

  • How can I learn from today?

  • Who could I talk to if things have been difficult?

  • Have I witnessed culture shock in others today?

  • If so, how can I assist them in dealing with this issue?

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"It can be easier to identify the symptoms of culture shock in others than in yourself!"

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