In this training, participants will explore the current impacts of colonization specifically on Indigenous children and youth and how helpers with differing worldviews can come together to consider values, ethics and spiritual beliefs that shape their practice. Participants will identify and explore practices that focus on identity development, strength and culture-based initiatives and active and intentional self-reflection in their roles as helpers.
The training will focus on taking actions in line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations (2015) which highlight relationships and building trust between Indigenous and non-Indigenous service providers to foster understanding of the impacts of colonization on children, youth and families, their ways of coping and their numerous strengths. Finally, it will offer insight into how Indigenous values, ways of seeing the world and helping practices may be of value to all children and youth.
- How do Indigenous worldviews describe positive mental health and conceptualize mental health challenges?
- What are the underlying causes of mental health challenges for Indigenous children and youth and what does healing look like?
- What are the tensions when differing perspectives look at defining positive mental health, as well as challenges to one’s mental health?
- Under which conditions can Western treatment and Indigenous approaches work well together to support children and youth?
- Demonstrate an understanding of colonization and its current impacts on Indigenous Peoples and communities with an emphasis on children and youth.
- Understand the role of the child welfare and educational systems on the mental health of Indigenous children and youth and strategies for positive change.
- Examine holistic, community-based approaches to working with Indigenous children and youth in relationship to their communities.
- Explore ways that Indigenous and Western approaches can be integrated successfully in this helping work.
- Consider how Indigenous knowledges can inform the healing processes of non-Indigenous children and youth.
Who Should Attend
This training is recommended for Indigenous and non-Indigenous service providers that work with children, youth, and families in areas such as child welfare, mental health, education, homelessness, and family services.
Course Dates & Format
There are no scheduled dates for this course at this time, however in-service is available.
This is a 6-hour training. This course consists of two 3-hour interactive virtual sessions using Zoom.
Instructor: Cyndy Baskin, Ph.D.
Cyndy Baskin is Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent. Her clan is the fish and her spirit name translates to “The Woman Who Passes on the Teachings”. Cyndy started as a Social Worker and is now an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her teaching, research and writing interests involve how Indigenous worldviews can inform education, spirituality, anti-violence, mental health and decolonizing research methodologies. She conducts training in diverse areas for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous service providers and educational institutions.
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Continuing Education Information
6 CECs with OAMHP
Licensing boards and professional organizations will grant Continuing Education credits for attendance at their discretion when participants submit the course outline and certificate.
This is available as an in-person or virtual in-service training and customized to suit your needs.