Traditional Healing Conference – YKHC Prevention Services

December 4-6, 2012 Longhouse Inn

YKHC’s Behavioral Health and Department of Prevention Services hosted a community-wide training this week at the Longhouse focusing on historical trauma, traditional healing and strategies to work in collaboration with over 80 participants representi

ng numerous communities in the Y-K delta.

The emphasis and focus of this training, was largely coordinated under the direction of YKHC’s Behavioral Health department’s Rose Domnick, Director of Prevention Services and her staff, on December 4-6, 2012 in Bethel.

Participants included YKHC program staff including Behavioral Health Aides, elders, clinical staff, social workers, the YKHC Behavioral Health advisory board, and a variety of representatives from regional and statewide partnerships, as well as local/tribal agencies who have expansive knowledge and understanding of the challenges the region and people face in regards to historical and multi-generational trauma as well as the strain it places on individuals, families, communities and state/federal resources.

The first day of the conference started on Tuesday, December 4th and focused primary on group discussions and presentations about historical and cultural trauma. The second day focused on small and large group discussions with emphasis on healing, and finding meaning in the story telling and inter-group activities to move beyond the hurt by validating and making sense out of confusing and traumatic instances to towards healing and understanding at a personal/familial level. The last day, day three, the Traditional Healing conference will focus on the world view and ways to incorporate traditional values as well as community action steps towards healing. The group will review the global perspectives on traditional knowledge and cultures and what can be put into practice (or action) to integrate healing into the western structured, linear systems already in place. The question the conference attendees will strive to answer (for themselves, their community, etc.) will be “where do we go from here? How do we get there? What should we include and who is responsible to help achieve this?”

For more on this story, visit KYUK 640 AM’s feature by Sophie Evan at http://kyuk.org/youth-ask-elders-to-show-the-way-home/

Additionally, what are the steps to accomplish all this? The final day of this conference, the group reviewed the idea of being a part in organizing and sponsoring a proposed regional suicide prevention gathering, which the Behavioral Health & Prevention services departments will plan for as a possible prelude to next year’s 20th annual Spring 2013 Tribal Unity Gathering, scheduled to take place April 2-4, 2013 at the Yupiit Piciyairat Cultural Center in Bethel.

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