Greetings 

I am an established trauma consultant and have successfully implemented trauma informed systems changes in a variety of communities. 

I am now working with at a local tribal community on the reservation to develop and implement a trauma informed youth program. I am learning as I go but if anyone has direct experience working within the Indian Affairs System or with Native Youth, I would love to collaborate. We have lots of resources and less barriers to innovation just high levels of unaddressed trauma that is normalized. 

Any research specific to trauma informed approaches or programs that have been developed for use on reservations on the West Coast appreciated.

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This is a wonderful addition. Thank you! I have had the honor from time to time of working with Native Americans and First People. I wish to do more, and have learned from, cross-educate with and am sometimes lucky enough to work with a Behavioral Specialist, Dr Darryl Tonemah, delivering his own work, EFT, Emotional First-Aid and helpful strategies. Dr Tonemah is a remarkable person and it’s an honor to work with him. Anyone who’d like to join me for a discussion of how to present Emotional First-Aid is welcome - write me - and don’t forget 2 great resources: the recently released Compassion in Action: Emotional First-Aid for Children handbook on Amazon and our Humanitarian Committee website, www.R4R.support   Kindly, and thanks for these additions above, Jondi

Hi! I used to work with Native youth who are on juvenile probation. It was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my career. For positive outcomes, I found it was absolutely crucial to include community elders, leaders, and other family members in the assessment process and treatment planning stage (with Client consent, of course. But most often it was requested). I also invited the leaders to speak with me (confidentially, with releases of course, and typically in the presence of the youth) about mental health, what that looks like for me, and what that looks like for their tribe. I ask how they address trauma in their communities. I almost always included a cultural event such as a prayer circle as an intervention or goal. I had many leaders invite me to traditional ceremonies in order to learn about the group and be "accepted" by the tribe as an outside healer. It can be a wonderful corrective experience for the tribe as a whole when you participate in traditions.

I know its not typical to talk to so many people when treating one person, but I found that the historical trauma has caused so much distrust with the system, that it is not my decision how treatment happens. We really need to go at the child's pace, even if it means taking longer to write an assessment or tx plan that is not in line with funder deadlines. 

One book I loved is: Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children.  Edited by Beverly Slapin and Doris Seale. It allows the reader to read leyendas, or traditional stories that often explain phenomena or provide historical context to the group's trauma.

I hope you enjoy the work as much as I did! 

Jondi Whitis posted:

This is a wonderful addition. Thank you! I have had the honor from time to time of working with Native Americans and First People. I wish to do more, and have learned from, cross-educate with and am sometimes lucky enough to work with a Behavioral Specialist, Dr Darryl Tonemah, delivering his own work, EFT, Emotional First-Aid and helpful strategies. Dr Tonemah is a remarkable person and it’s an honor to work with him. Anyone who’d like to join me for a discussion of how to present Emotional First-Aid is welcome - write me - and don’t forget 2 great resources: the recently released Compassion in Action: Emotional First-Aid for Children handbook on Amazon and our Humanitarian Committee website, www.R4R.support   Kindly, and thanks for these additions above, Jondi

Thank you so much! I will definitely look into it and reach out I found a helpful resource (for some reason i can't hyperlink it from my phone but will add a screenshot)

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