Blending Western Practices with Traditional Aboriginal Approaches to Healing

This On Demand Training is 3 hours. Access information, resources and CEU information will be sent to you shortly after registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on Friday, May 28, 2021

What can modern counselors, therapists, and others learn from Aboriginal healing practices?

In this 3-hour webinar, Order of Ontario recipient Elder Little Brown Bear will share his approaches and practices in helping those on their Healing Journeys.

These traditional healing approaches are still used today to help people on their healing path. They have been shown to be helpful when dealing with life’s difficulties and addressing issues and challenges commonly faced by individuals, families, and communities.

You will learn how to apply these healing approaches not only for your own personal healing journey but in a clinical and non-clinical setting.

The Elder will discuss step-by-step the mindset and processes behind specific interventions such as teachings on human interactions and behaviours towards others, the Medicine Wheel, the Seven Grandfathers, and the use of Traditional Medicines.

These Traditional Healing Approaches continue to help the community with difficulties such as trauma, mood-altering alternatives (addictions), mental well-being (health), loneliness, depression, building healthy relationships, and anxiety in clinical and non-clinical settings.

This workshop will benefit and inspire therapists/counsellors working with any population.

You will learn –   

  • How Aboriginal healing practices were developed and their relevance today
  • About current approaches to trauma, addictions and mental-wellbeing (health)
  • Practical applications of these aboriginal processes that can be integrated into your therapeutic and counselling approach.
  • About the Seven Grandfathers teachings
  • How to use the Medicine Wheel to live in harmony and balance to help on a person’s healing journey

Ernest W Matton, (Athehsa Niohkwá:rita:a) (Elder Little Brown Bear) – Is a highly respected Métis Elder, and  spiritual ambassador who blends Traditional teachings with mainstream information to provide holistic healing approaches for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members and professional disciplines.

He is both a sought-after seminar speaker and effective group facilitator an expert in the areas of Trauma/Addictions/Mental Wellbeing (Health), grief, suicide, conflict resolution, forgiveness, mediation, anger release, and Building Healthy Relationships.

He shares this expertise as a proud member of the Toronto East Health Network family. There, he is the,  Director of Aboriginal Education, Programs, Culture and the Elder for the Accredited Leading Practice Aboriginal Healing Program a program he has spent the past eight years developing at Michael Garron Hospital Toronto East Health Network and Co Director and Co-Producer of Healing the Nation documentary and Conductor of the Bear’s Den All Nations Traditional Medicine Sweat Lodge.

He inspires bridging culture and professional disciplines in today’s hectic world, to assist people in finding what works.  Drawing from his academic background, vast work and personal life experiences, he focuses on what works to bring balance and inspiration to everyday life and makes wellness practices and spirituality simple. He says that “being Aboriginal is not a life style it is a way of life”.

He is a graduate of CANADORE COLLEGE and BROCK UNIVERSITY. He is a member in good standing with the (CACCF) Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation and (OAMHP) Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals.

He wears the YELLOW SASH with pride in Honouring those missing and murderer Aboriginal Women and girls. He speaks to the commitment to breaking the cycle of violence and abuse. Elder Little Brown Bear’s guiding philosophy is simple: “People don’t care how much you know, they want to know how much you care”.

He has been recognized for the following;

  • Brock Alumni Achievement Award for Service beyond the classroom to make a real difference in the lives of those you work with.
  • Inducted into the Order of Ontario by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell.
  • Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in recognition of his contributions to Outstanding Indigenous Leadership by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada
  • Received the very prestigious Barb Robinson Indigenous Award of Excellence from the Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation
  • David Crombie 2018 Urban Leadership Award.
  • Premier’s Awards for College Graduates.
  • Colleges Ontario – As a Premier’s Awards recipient, he was awarded a $5,000 bursary from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities that will be donated to the college from which he graduated.
  • Canadore College – 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame inductee.
  • He has been Honoured with the Human Spirit Award by the Canadian College of Health Leaders
  • The recipient of the Mino Bimaadiziwin Award (Indigenous Award), one of the City of Toronto’s Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Awards.
TimeTopic Covered
1st Hour
  • The Seven Grandfather Teachings (how to walk each day in a good way and the meaning of each teaching)
2nd Hour
  • Healing with the Traditional Medicines and their meaning
15 Minute Break
3rd Hour
  • Teachings from the Medicine Wheel

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
Webinar Rate$139.00

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