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ERIC Number: ED435919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Advocacy and Indigenous Methods of Healing.
Sue, Derald Wing
Most counselors have had very little experience with indigenous methods of healing. Indigenous healing can be defined as helping beliefs and practices that originate over extended time within a culture that are not transported from other regions, and that are designed for treating the inhabitants of a given group. Most counselors would find great difficulty in working effectively with clients who use such methods. Yet, the increasing numbers of racial/ethnic minority groups in U.S. society have exposed helping professionals to a host of different belief systems. It is important for counselors to understand indigenous healing practices and their potential role as advocates. This paper discusses the case of a former Hmong soldier who was experiencing difficulty sleeping and frequently had disturbing dreams. His resettlement worker enlisted the help of a highly respected shaman who through chanting and other rituals was able to put the man and his family at ease. This paper also discusses the role of advocates and becoming an advocate for indigenous healing. Mental health professionals must be willing and able to form partnerships with indigenous healers to develop community liaisons if they are to be effective advocates. (Contains 3 references.) (MKA)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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