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ERIC Number: ED262371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
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Lessons from Child of Water.
Silver, Steven M.
Native American Vietnam War veterans offer important concepts and techniques concerning the reintegration process which may be generalized to psychiatry as a whole and which may be particularly valuable to the adjustment and treatment of other Vietnam War veterans. Native American psychological healing practices as applied to returning war veterans suggest many useful approaches for other survivors of trauma as well. Critical within these practices is a view of human functioning which is non-reductionist and which takes into account the whole of the person. This includes religious, spiritual, psychological, physical, and systemic functioning. While individual tribal healing practices offer ideas for clinicians, the clinical example offering the broadest representation is the Vietnam Veteran Inter-Tribal Association national Pow-Wows which bring together Native American veterans from dozens of tribes and backgrounds. The usefulness of the community and family is demonstrated at these yearly gatherings, as is the traditional healing approach which makes no barriers among the individual's body, mind, and environment. If man is to survive unknown future events, he must learn how to absorb change and deal with its psychological stress. Native Americans, forced to deal with change and chaos for centuries, have developed many effective techniques for coping which may be equally valuable to the larger American society. (NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
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