The Truth about Colonization of Indigenous People and What it Means for Clinical Practice

This is a 2 hour On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available shortly after registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on October 22, 2022 as part of the Collective Trauma Conference

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Have you ever asked yourself, “What is the difference between westernized counselling supports and Indigenous (First Nations/Metis/Inuit—also known as FNMI) healing supports? And what proof is there that FNMI healing approaches represent evidence-based treatment?

Join Shelley Spear Chief for this 2-hour workshop to gain awareness on some of the many issues that have been transmitted from one FNMI generation to the next due to historical trauma.

Shelley will discuss a well-known model of needs that was practiced amongst various First Nation peoples. Participants will gain greater awareness of some of the challenges Indigenous individuals experience when working with counsellors/support people who are not familiar with the trauma story of colonization. Participants will also learn how to create more authentic relationships with their Indigenous clients.

Participants will gain —

  • greater awareness of some of the challenges Indigenous individuals experience when working with counsellors/support people who are not familiar with the trauma story of colonization
  • learn how to create more authentic relationships with their Indigenous clients.

Shelley Pompana Spear Chief, MCSW, RSW, is a Registered Clinical Social Worker specializing in complex, complicated trauma and member of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.

Shelley is a Leading First Nation Presenter on issues of historical trauma and intergenerational trauma and its effects on individuals, families, and overall familial systems within a community. She utilizes her own learned experiences and cultural ways of understanding in her work with First Nation clients who have experiences of past or present trauma.

For the past 30 years, Shelley has counselled First Nation individuals with numerous emotional challenges. And for the past 20 years, she has worked on and with the Kainai Nation, supporting children, youth, and their families.

Shelley worked as a Clinical Lead for First Nations with the Livingstone School Division, advocating support for all First Nation and Metis youth attending the school system. She has been affiliated faculty for the University of Calgary and Red Crow College, teaching and infusing an Indigenous framework into university transfer courses. Prior to this, Shelley worked with women experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, and familial violence.

In Shelley’s clinical practice, she uses EMDR and Somatic approaches, as well as traditional psychotherapy, art therapy, mindfulness, and hypnotherapy within the cultural understanding of the client. She has a strong passion to support individuals in crisis—most recently, supporting First Responders with the use of EMDR. Shelley also has a keen interest in studying and working with dissociative issues in supporting the traumatic history of the First Nation Peoples. She has sat on numerous committees and Boards as a First Nation representative, including the ACSW Clinical Committee and the Alberta Clinical Hypnosis Society.

TimeTopic Covered
1st hour
  •  many issues that have been transmitted from one First Nations/Metis/Inuit (FNMI) generation to the next due to historical trauma
  • understanding the model of need that is practiced amongst first nation people
2nd hour
  • Learn some of the challenges Indigenous individuals experience when working with counsellors/support people who are not familiar with the trauma story of colonization
  • creating more authentic relationships with Indigenous clients

This training offers 2 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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  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
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  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals, including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

This course is an intermediate-advanced level.

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