ERIC Number: EJ942420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
With All My Relations: Counseling American Indians and Alaska Natives within a Familial Context
Harper, Faith G.
Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, v19 n4 p434-442 Oct 2011
Statistics show that two thirds of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIs/ANs) live outside of tribal areas, and 50% of those individuals who seek counseling services will not use tribal resources. There is a strong likelihood that counselors will have the opportunity to provide services to AI/AN clients. The review of the academic literature focused on counseling services for AIs/ANs revealed three primary themes. These themes include issues regarding cultural competency, awareness of different levels of acculturation, and the appropriateness of utilizing Eurocentric counseling theories with AIs/ANs. Perhaps more importantly, these themes often emerge within the context of family and tribal unity. These issues, as well as some general guidelines for counseling indigenous families, are addressed within this article.
Descriptors: Counseling Theories, Counseling Services, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Acculturation, Counseling Techniques, Cultural Relevance, Literature Reviews, Cultural Awareness, Tribes, Guidelines, Counselor Role, Counselors
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