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Title: Aboriginal World Views of Mental Health


1
Aboriginal World Views of Mental Health
  • Cyndy Baskin, PhD
  • School of Social Work
  • Ryerson University
  • July 6, 2007
  • JEMH Conference

2
Questions To Consider
  • HOW DO ABORIGINAL WORLD VIEWS CONCEPTUALIZE
    MENTAL HEALTH AND HEALING?
  • WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES WHEN DIFFERING
    PERSPECTIVES LOOK AT MENTAL HEALTH AND HEALING?
  • UNDER WHICH CONDITIONS CAN WESTERN TREATMENT AND
    ABORIGINAL APPROACHES WORK WELL TOGETHER?

3
Overall Approach
  • ADVOCATE FOR WORKING CLOSELY AND IN A
    COMPLEMENTARY MANNER WITH ABORIGINAL HEALERS IN
    TRAINING, CONSULTATION AND TREATMENT
  • ACCEPT THAT MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS MAY HAVE
    SPIRITUAL CAUSES OR BIOLOGICAL CAUSES AND THAT
    BOTH ABORIGINAL AND WESTERN MEDICINE HAVE THE
    POTENTIAL TO HELP
  • EURO-CANADIAN HELPERS NEED TO BE RESPECTFUL,
    COOPERATIVE AND WORK WITHIN A MODALITY WHICH
    INCLUDES TRADITIONAL ABORIGINAL HEALING METHODS
  • CHOICE FOR A SERVICE USER IS CENTRAL WITHIN
    HEALING/TREATMENT

4
Mental Health Struggles
  • DEPRESSION
  • PHOBIAS AND ANXIETIES
  • POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
  • SCHIZOPHRENIA, BI-POLAR PSYCHOSIS

5
Challenges
  • DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS BUILDING TRUST
  • IMPACTS OF COLONIZATION
  • SERVICES FITTING INTO THE ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY,
    RATHER THAN THE OTHER WAY AROUND
  • DIFFERENCES IN WORLD VIEWS
  • TEAM WORKING AS A COLLECTIVE BEING
    SELF-REFLEXIVE

6
Aboriginal Approaches
  • HOLISTIC
  • CULTURE-BASED
  • IDENTITY
  • IDENTIFYING STRENGTHS
  • SPIRITUALITY
  • FAMILY COMMUNITY BASED

7
Interconnectedness Four Aspects of a Person
8
InterconnectednessTo All in Creation
9
Working Together
  • CALMING GROUNDING TOWARDS INFORMED CHOICE
  • CONTRIBUTIONS OF CEREMONIES
  • CONTRIBUTIONS OF WESTERN PRACTITIONERS

10
Meegwetch (thank you)
  • WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW?
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