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ERIC Number: ED220218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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To Help My People: The Evolution of a Paraprofessional.
Archuleta, Carlos
Half Pueblo and half white, a young man grew up in the Taos Pueblo, made contributions to his Indian people, and decided to work as a mental health professional. Having grown up learning the Indian ways, the young man accepted his heritage and pursued a college education in Social Work after working as a teacher's aide at the Pueblo Day School, registering visitors to the pueblo, and forming a Committee of Concern for young people drinking and taking drugs. After obtaining a degree in Social Work, he joined the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Social Service Department where he learned a great deal from many sources, much of it through trial and error. Experiencing and seeing alcoholism as the number one problem of the pueblo, the young man contributed his time to starting an alcoholism treatment program for the community. Having not been an alcoholic became a hindrance, and after directing the program for 3 years he entered graduate school at Florida State University. After completing graduate school he returned home to train paraprofessionals on five reservations for groups such as Alcoholism Counselors, tribal Health and Welfare Aides, Youth Development Coordinators, Employment Assistance Counselors, and the like. (ERB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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