Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies

Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies

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Author/Contributor(s): Linklater, Renee ; Mehl-Madrona, Lewis
Publisher: Fernwood Publishing
Date: 05/01/2014
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

In Decolonizing Trauma Work, Renee Linklater explores healing and wellness in Indigenous communities on Turtle Island. Drawing on a decolonizing approach, which puts the "soul wound" of colonialism at the centre, Linklater engages ten Indigenous health care practitioners in a dialogue regarding Indigenous notions of wellness and wholistic health, critiques of psychiatry and psychiatric diagnoses, and Indigenous approaches to helping people through trauma, depression and experiences of parallel and multiple realities. Through stories and strategies that are grounded in Indigenous worldviews and embedded with cultural knowledge, Linklater offers purposeful and practical methods to help individuals and communities that have experienced trauma. Decolonizing Trauma Work, one of the first books of its kind, is a resource for education and training programs, health care practitioners, healing centres, clinical services and policy initiatives.