Native Community Worker: Traditional Aboriginal Healing Methods Diploma Program

Native Community Worker:
Traditional Aboriginal Healing Methods Diploma Program

This program emphasizes traditional healing methods by providing students with the unique opportunity to develop self-awareness and the mental and spiritual healing so often needed by care givers. An appreciation for native culture and the uniqueness of being a native person are combined with studies to develop specific knowledge and skills in the use of traditional healing methods when working in this field of study. The program of study has been tailored for a variety of learning styles.

The program utilizes existing courses of study within the General Arts and Science program, as well as some which have been especially tailored for Aboriginal students learning styles and need to explore their heritage.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the college level with Grade 12 English; or
Mature student status

All applicants must arrange with the Anishinabek Educational Institute to complete the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) before determining eligibility regardless of academic standing.

Program of Study

Semester 1

The general human activity called “communication” includes three categories: interpersonal communication, structured group activities, and formal speeches.  Introductory Oral Communication (ENGL100P) applies the principles of communication to speaking in interpersonal and public contexts.

This course is an exploration into the field of Indigenous traditions. Through this endeavor students will examine the richness of pre-European literature both oral and written. Students will also study contemporary written literature in historical light. Through the historical lens the student will gain an appreciation of the contribution of Indigenous peoples and literature.

This course surveys Traditional Indigenous Healing Practices with special emphasis on the peoples of the Great Lakes region.  The course will examine such topics as; a healers calling, the training ground, apprentices/practitioner, and vocational career development of traditional healers.  Also to be examined is how the role of society and family influences and impacts upon the healing arts.

This course is designed to present an introduction to the study of psychology with a focus upon Native people.  This course will include an exploration of: the individual in society; development of the child, cognitive, motivation, cultural and ceremonial influence; the development cycle of the Native person; social relationships; psychology of movement through dance; psychological disorders and issues in Native communities.

This introductory course surveys the traditions, cultures, histories and contemporary issues facing Indigenous peoples of North America.  Your exploration will cover such themes as European intrusion, colonial administration and policies, residential schooling, Indian Act, Treaties, and self-determination.  As well, you will learn of the Native Arts, Literature, and the contemporary quest for social justice as Indigenous peoples struggle to find meaning and a place in modern society.

Using a historical perspective to examine the cultural and social contexts of Native peoples, this general education course offers students the opportunity to develop or deepen their understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal culture. Particular attention is given to the meaning and value of traditions such as the Medicine Wheel, Eagle Feather, Talking Stick, Healing Circle and Sacred Space. Contributions of aboriginal authors to Canadian literature and Native contributions to other aspects of Canadian society will be examined briefly.

Semester 2

This course will introduce the student to counseling techniques required to meet the needs of potential clients.  Students will explore traditional Western Counseling skill and Traditional counseling skills.  Focus will be on the stages of life and the significance of each stage and how it relates to counseling the client.

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to examine current health issues in Native communities in Canada. The course will examine Federal Indian Health Policies and legislation as well as common health issues in Native Communities such as: preparing for motherhood/fatherhood, midwifery, prenatal nutrition, diabetes, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The course will also study mental health issues on reserves, such as: Stress, depression, suicide, anger, grief, sexual assault and incest.

The significance of the mind, body and spirit and ceremonialism in healing/health of Native peoples will also be discussed.

This course is designed to assist students in broadening their understanding of the Federal “Indian policy” and the impact upon Native societies both past and present.  The policies to be explored will include: pre & post confederation Indian policy, Indian Education policy, and Christian proselytization.  The assimilations policies have had a profound impact upon Native contemporary social and political and contributed to the present day dilemmas and crisis faced by many Aboriginal people.  Students will critically examine in detail contemporary concerns in light of previous policies aimed at colonization and assimilation.  This course is a continuation of Native Studies I taken in the first semester of the Traditional Aboriginal Healing Methods program.

This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity for personal growth and development.  The student will participate in a process of self-exploration, by examining such topics as: personalities, goals and decision-making, personality conflicts, spirituality, personal balance, anger/fear and assertiveness.  Students will gain practical knowledge of various low-risk self-development workshop settings.

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The broad survey of native languages provides a unique insight and understanding into the richly diversified cultures, histories and societies of Native North America. This course will in pat utilize linguistics and other social science methods in the examination of Native languages. In contemporary times, Native languages play an important role in the development of North American culture and communications, examples; place names and daily usage. Presently, Native people have placed a high priority on the recovery and survival of Native languages. Through the use of the expertise of Native language speakers; survey mapping projects; and applied student language projects, the student will gain a solid knowledge base, greater insight and appreciation of Native languages.

This course will introduce students to traditional and contemporary forms of cultural expression in Native North America. This course will also provide students the opportunity to have a “hands on” experience through understanding the historical context, the beauty and the function of an object, identify characteristics and produce a work of art.

Semester 3

This course is designed as an experiential approach to learning the basic counseling skills of the helping profession. The focus is on inter-relationship of the “helper” and the “helpee” in contributing to learning and growth. Both insight and action are important dynamics in the helping process.

Within the use of basic counseling skills, the “helper” must have an appreciation and respect for the dignity of those who seek help. An overview of the generic structure that would facilitate quality helping relationships will be presented: including: a review of various helping models, assessments & developing a plan of care, and case conferences.

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to study Indigenous Ethno-botany. This course explores the field of ethnobotany beginning with a historical overview and usage, and human relationship with plants and their impact upon society. The course will examine natural botanical healing practices and methods. Political and ethical issues with respect to the natural vs. conventional and the impacts of ethnobotanical research and pharmaceutical production upon Indigenous people and the environment will also be examined.

In Native communities many Aboriginal people use herbal medicines to treat their ailments. Therefore, to be effective in community healing (physical or mental) initiatives one must be able to understand and appreciate the use of herbal medicines in that community.

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to examine community development in Native communities in Canada.  The course will focus on community-based initiatives in Native communities, compiling a community profile and a short overview of research/survey skills, which are important to those engaged in the promotion of healing in Native communities.

This course provides the student with an in-depth look at the current issues facing First Nations people of Turtle Island.

The student will have an opportunity to develop an understanding, appreciation and sensitivity to the legal forces that have affected and determined the current state of Native communities.

This course provides the opportunity to examine various aspects of the Native Family. A primary emphasis is placed on the family in the Native Community today. The influences of both traditional and contemporary issues on family function are explored. Special attention is given to traditional clan and kinship responsibilities, the family as a system, parent/child relationships, changing parental roles and sources of stress on today’s Native Families.

The traditional Native family as a unit has been dismantled as a result of acculturation; therefore it is necessary to study the restructuring process in terms of role clarification, parenting skills, value systems.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the impact that alcohol and drug abuse has on the individual and the family in Native communities; and the psychological and physical effects of alcohol and substances on the body. Prevention and intervention strategies in Native communities; holistic healing; and the concepts, goals and components of the treatment process in alcohol and substance abuse.

This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to understand how the Child Welfare Act applies to the Native child and how this legislation has impacted upon Native Communities.

This course will examine areas such as: adoption, natural vs. adoptive parents’ rights, Native vs. Non-Native adoptive parents, cultural affiliation and religious affiliation.

Semester 4

This semester of field/work placement is designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in the community.

The student will research community agencies initiate initial contact with agency and negotiate placement and learning outcomes with appropriate agency/college personnel.

Field Placements

Employers who provide our placement settings require a police record check for criminal offences before accepting a student into the setting. The record check shall be obtained at the student’s expense and must be valid for the duration of the placement. The College assumes no obligation for ensuring placement or program completion for students who are unable to provide a clear police record check.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are well prepared for positions in mental health services and social services, or as community health representatives in First Nation organizations.

Information About Programs

All programs offered at the Anishinabek Educational Institute are full-time programs. Our programs are not only designed to reduce the high stress levels which develop when students are away from their family, community, and workplace responsibilities, but are also designed to enable students to retain their jobs while being trained.

Delivery Options

Community Based

Community based delivery programs can either be delivered as on-campus or combination delivery.

Combination Delivery

Students are required to attend intensive two week in-class sessions twice per semester alternating with a five to six week return to their community while still maintaining a full-time program workload.

On-Campus Delivery

Programs are delivered at one of our campuses or at a partnering community. On-campus delivery requires students to participate in-class on a full-time daily basis during each semester.

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