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Poo’miikapii Program puts Indigenous knowledge at forefront of mental health treatment – U Today

by ahnationtalk on August 9, 201720 Views

Wellness program teaches service providers to deliver better health services to Indigenous peoples

Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing have not been at the forefront when supporting wellness needs for Indigenous communities. The Poo’miikapii Program seeks to change this by educating service providers, educators, health-care professionals, and other community members on how to provide better mental health services to Indigenous peoples. Karlee Fellner, an assistant professor in Indigenous Education Counselling Psychology in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary is conducting research for the development, implementation and impact of the Poo’miikapii Program, the first of its kind.

Through Fellner’s academic career, she has become progressively more attuned to her Cree and Métis culture. “My personal journey of reconnecting with who I am as a Cree/Métis woman has been interconnected with my professional journey in Indigenous psychotherapy, mental health, education and research,” she says. Her career path has led her to interesting places, with projects like her current one on how counselling and health services could be made more effective for Indigenous communities.

Read More: http://ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2017-08-04/poomiikapii-program-puts-indigenous-knowledge-forefront-mental-health-treatment

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