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Title: Integrating mainstream and indigenous approaches in a private clinical setting
Authors: Iserhoff, Anne Marie
Keywords: cognitive behavior therapy;group facilitation;group processes;Indigenous led support groups;Timmins, Ontario;mental health;Indegenous population
Issue Date: 15-Nov-2019
Abstract: This report thoroughly examines and discusses my Advanced Practicum experience. The practicum was completed from October 23rd, 2017 to March 6th, 2018 within Tremblay Counselling Services of Timmins, Ontario. The primary learning objective was to critique the applicability of certain theories and approaches such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, which are highlighted in the literature review while reflecting on how I could integrate an Indigenous framework within my practice approach. The Advanced Practicum offered an experiential learning experience, which was a more enriched opportunity to observe, assess, and critique the theoretical models utilized within therapy. In addition to my placement, a parenting group pilot project was also initiated. This project was an opportunity to learn about group facilitation and group processes. Primarily, the goal was to disseminate awareness and education concerning intergenerational trauma and its residual impacts on individual, familial, and community wellbeing. Essentially, the parenting group pilot project sought to fill a gap in services pertaining to Indigenous led support groups as it was discovered that culturally congruent interventions were lacking, specifically within the community of Timmins. Throughout my practicum placement, the integration and process of reflection was a key component in fostering self-awareness and professional development, which positively shaped my identity as an Indigenous practitioner. My goals for completing the Advanced Practicum sought to enhance, build, and strengthen my clinical skillsets while gaining confidence as I am wholeheartedly drawn to Indigenous mental health social work practice.
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