Indigenous Approach to Healing Trauma
Separating Social Conditioning from Neuroscience through Ancestral Principles
The impact of colonialism/oppression has impacted generations of Indigenous Canadians. Providing an overview of the dynamics of PTSD in Indigenous communities on the northwest coast of British Columbia, this course will discuss best approaches to awareness, understanding and healing, and common ancestral teachings amongst Indigenous Canadians.
1. Describe ways that oppression and trauma impact the therapeutic relationship.
2. Describe the importance of ancestral law in informing protocol and process in therapy.
Patricia J. Vickers, PhD
Dr. Vickers, through her mother’s adoption by an Eagle Chief, is a member of the Eagle clan from the village of Gitxaala, British Columbia and carries a feast hall name from her village as well as from the Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola, British Columbia. With the help of neurofeedback, altered-state of consciousness inquiry, and traditional ceremonies, she teaches spiritual transformation, healing trauma, awakening, forgiveness and unearthing layers to find the authentic self.