Communications Coordinator, ATTC Network Coordinating Office
The webinar featured presentations from Dr. Clyde McCoy, PhD, Eastern Cherokee, Raymond Slick, MSW, Meskwaki Tribal Nation, and Sean A. Bear 1st, BA Meskwaki Tribal Nation. Sean Bear is also the Senior Behavioral Health and Training Coordinator for the AI/AN ATTC. The webinar was recorded so you can view it anytime if you missed the live session.
One theme that all three presenters touched on was that Native American healing traditions, based in nature, help to connect people with their spiritual selves. In Native American healing traditions, spirituality is an essential component in preventing and treating behavioral health disorders.
Native American healing practices have always aimed to treat the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. Doesn't that sound a lot like integrated care? Check out this page for more information on the Medicine Wheel.
|Slide from the Native American Culture, Spirituality, and Healing Practices webinar.|
Evidence-based practices or practice-based evidence? Evidence-based practices built on western tradition may not make sense in Native American cultures because the evidence has not been "translated." But, EBPs can be effective if they're supported by Native practices.
|From Talking Leaves, by Kay WalkingStick|
If you'd like to find out more about Native American healing practices, check out these resources from the National American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC:
- The fall newsletter also honors National American Indian Heritage Month and includes a special section on marijuana health issues and policies.
- The next webinar in the National American Indian and Alaska Native Behavioral Health Webinar Series: Wednesday, December 2, 12:00-1:00 CST will cover "The Impact of Colonization on Native Communities." Click here to register.
As Lena Thompson pointed out in a recent post on this blog, for too long American Indian and Alaska Native communities have been invisible to the dominant culture. National American Indian Heritage month is a good start to increasing their visibility year-round.