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Understanding Native Cultural Activities and Integrating with Treatment ~ Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest
PeaceHealth Southwest Mill Plain Campus Health Education Center
Vancouver, WA
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Goal of Training
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC) identifies that Native American and Alaska Native populations today face a number of significant barriers to successful treatment engagement and retention, including differing sociocultural belief systems between the client and the counselor. This training will prepare participants for recognizing the cultural aspects and values of Native people as a population and as individuals receiving addiction treatment. Native traditional healing practices and cultural enhancement activities are both core and complementary interventions in promoting wellness and long-term recovery. These practices and activities are woven throughout behavioral health programs.
This training will present cultural and traditional healing practices and provide for a hands on activity.

This Core Training is most appropriate for participants who want a thorough, but introductory presentation of the topic. Training content relates to competency in the area of cultural diversity and group counseling. Culturally based curriculum that will be discussed includes:
Red Road to Wellbriety: In The Native American Way, White Bison
The Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality, Judie Bopp
Native American Journal: Strengthening the Spirit, The Change Companies

Behavioral Objectives
This training will provide participants with:
An understanding of Native Traditions and how to utilize the activities in treatment,
Identification of five useful healing activities,
Hands-on demonstration of traditional practices and cultural activities that may be incorporated into treatment, and
Methods of culturally based curriculum and its use in treatment.

8:30  9: 00   Registration
9:00 - 9:10 CDTC Announcements & Introductions
9:10  -  10:10Importance of Culture and Identity
                         Identification of Healing Practices
10:10 - 10:45Relevance of Therapeutic Activities in Treatment
10:45 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 12:00Creating Individual Tools in Group Setting
12:00 - 1:00**Lunch Break ~ On Your Own**
1:00 - 2:15Incorporating Culture into Clinical Practice
2:15 - 2:30Break
2:30 - 4:15Culturally Based Curriculums
                         Culture and Treatment Connections Panel
4:15 - 4:30CDTC Staff  Evaluations and Wrap Up

Itswoot Wawa Hyiu (Roy Wilson) is an Honorary Chief and a Spiritual Leader of the Cowlitz Tribe of Indians. He is the author of more than 30 books, including several histories of the Cowlitz Tribe. He is a retired ordained Methodist minister and current spiritual leader of the tribe. Roy served for five years in the 1980s as the Native American representative on the Religious Advisory Committee for the Washington State Department of Corrections. During that time, he worked with Native American men and women in various prisons around the state, helping to introduce ceremony into the adult and juvenile prison systems. Roy shares his understanding of the Sundance Medicine Wheel in order to improve the lives and experiences of our youth and our relatives. Through these teachings he helps to empower us all, and remind us of our connection to Mother Earth and to Grandfather Creator.

Cowlitz Tribal Treatment Staff will be lending to the educational component of how Traditional Health activities apply to Chemical Dependency Treatment in both individual and group sessions.  

Pre-registration and payment in advance is required.

You may register at if you would like to pay by check or money order. Payment must be received prior to training date. To ensure this, please mail your payment at least 7 days prior to training. Mail payment to CDTC, P.O. Box 847, Vancouver, WA 98666.

7-15S Student $20.00 **Proof of Enrollment required.
7-15M Member $50.00 **See the Our Members page**
7-15N Non-Member $75.00

Please notify CDTC if you are unable to attend training.

Lunch: There is a one hour lunch break on your own. There is a large cafeteria at the hospital in addition to a smaller cafe and coffee shop with pre-made meals available. Several lunch options are available to the East, past I-205. It is recommended that you check google maps to check for lunch options including Sweet Tomatoes, Chuck's Produce, or fast food restaurants such as Arby's, Taco Bell or Burgerville.

Date: July 10th, 2015 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place:PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
Mill Plain Campus
Health Education Center
600 N.E. 92nd Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98664
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There are no active dates for this event.
At this time there are no more seats available for attendees, please contact the CDTC at 503-805-0989 to be placed on this training wait list. This training event has ended. Please see our website for additional training opportunities.


PeaceHealth Southwest Mill Plain Campus Health Education Center (View)
600 N.E. 92nd Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98664
United States


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Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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