Decrease the gap between client and counselor by better understanding sociocultural belief systems of Native people as taught by “Grandfather Bear”!!!

Friday, July 10th – 9 am to 4:30 pm at Peace Health Southwest –

Itswoot Wawa Hyiu also know as Roy L. Wilson

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.

Grandfather Bear, Itswoot Wawa Hyiu - Roy I. Wilson

Grandfather Bear, Itswoot Wawa Hyiu – Roy I. Wilson

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.

For Information Contact:
Lisa Westlund
Phone: 503-805-0989
Fax: 1-360-557-5032 (vFax)

Attending this training will add useful tools to give our ability to provide the best care to every person we are blessed to come into contact with!  My grace filled life after addiction only gets sweeter with every training I attend!!!  I look forward to seeing you there!!!

Guadalupe Aragon,


CITO, President of the Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the NW!

I am a Life Coach/Brief Interventionist. My emphasis is on trading in our relationship with alcohol, drugs and negative thinking for an amazing relationship with others and most importantly developing an extraordinary relationship with our self!

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