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ERIC Number: ED307098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 69
Abstractor: N/A
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The Development of Proactive Interventions in a Native Group Home. Practicum Report.
Hanley, D. Lynn
Cree culture emphasizes non-interference in the affairs of others and delaying actions until the "right time." These values were an obstacle to developing proactive interventions in two adolescent group homes in Cree Territory, in northern Quebec. Group home houseparents and child care workers were native Crees chosen for their traditional orientation, and had considerable experience with youths but little formal education. The non-native group home coordinator facilitated a staff training program designed to integrate Cree traditions with generally accepted practices of treatment planning. Program participants translated non-native concepts by creating the term "Cree Helping Circle" to encompass the people involved in the intervention process, and by naming the treatment plan"Helping Path Plan." The plan outlined the reasons the youth was in care, the youth's destination after care, and criteria for success, and also defined goals, tools to achieve goals, helpers, and the "right time." Other program achievements included (1) expansion of the role of tribal elders and incorporation of legends and the Medicine Wheel in Helping Path Plans; (2) elimination of houseparents' fear of dealing with crisis issues through inclusion of other persons in decision-making; and (3) completion of a model treatment plan. This report contains 11 references. Appendices include a bilingual (Cree/English) community brochure explaining group home services, notes on Medicine Wheel presentation, and a sample Helping Path Plan. (SV)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada