Moving from colonization toward balance and harmony: A native American perspective on wellness

David Hodge, Gordon E. Limb, Terry L. Cross

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Abstract

At best, mainstream mental health services are often ineffective with Native American clients, and, at worst, they are a vehicle for Western colonization. As such, the authors explore the notion of abandoning the Western therapeutic project and rebuilding the helping process on the basis of indigenous knowledge foundations. To this end, they discuss a Native perspective on wellness that emphasizes balance among the interconnected areas of spirit, body, mind, and context or environment. From this perspective, mental health is a product of balance and harmony among these four areas.The authors conclude with a discussion of the practice implications of this relationally based perspective in which practitioners target interventions toward improving balance and harmony.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-219
Number of pages9
JournalSocial work
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009

Keywords

  • American indians
  • Cultural competency
  • Native americans
  • Practice perspectives
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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