Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Healing and Mental Health for Native Americans: Speaking in Red

Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Healing and Mental Health for Native Americans: Speaking in Red

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ETHAN NEBELKOPF AND MARY SMITH, EDS: Healing and Mental Health for Native Americans: Speaking in Red. Walnut Creek, CA: Aha Mira Press, 2004, 224 pp, $26.95, ISBN: 0-7591-0607-X.

This book is one of fourteen in the series, Native American Communities, edited by Troy Johnson and Duane Champagne. The series delineates the concerns and values of life in these communities. The editors of Healing and Mental Health for Native Americans are Native Americans, and the crucial message in Healing and Mental Health is successful assessments and interventions can be achieved. To facilitate success, however, empathy for the historical tragic treatment of Native Americans by the early European settlers has to be acknowledged, genuinely accepted, and not used as resistance. Next, there has to be respect for Native American and Alaskan tribes' traditions, norms, values, customs and beliefs. The approach has to communicate mutual learning, understanding and be free of negative stereotyping and provider bias. Dignity must reign supreme in order to gain cooperation. …

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