Counselling from a First Nations Worldview 2012

October 12, 2012 - October 14, 2012

Counselling from a First Nations Worldview 2012

Oct 12 – Oct 14, 2012

Fri 7:00 PM – Sun 3:00 PM


Helping professionals and those interested in Indigenous culture will have the opportunity to learn about the values, spiritual, and holistic approach of First Nations. This will be done through shared teachings, small group discussions and Ceremonies. We will also explore the societal trauma caused by the legacy of residential schools and the impact in communities today. This will be woven together to look at an effective method of healing that draws on the strength and gifts of First Nations teachings.

You will learn about counselling through the Native world view utilizing the ‘Four Direction Medicine Wheel Teachings’ encompassing the Mental, Spiritual, Emotional and Mental aspects of counselling in a holistic approach; as well as incorporating the use of the Seven Grandfather Teachings (Anishnabe/ Ojibway Teachings).

This workshop is for First Nations and non-native Social Workers, Counsellors, addiction workers, women’s centres and shelters employees, guidance teachers and school counsellors, health professionals and other caring professions.

If you are a First Nations counsellor, you may be applying mostly “western methods” that do not always resonate with your clients and may wish to learn about how to approach your work grounded in First Nations culture. If you are non-native, gaining a glimpse, an understanding, of another worldview will increase your ability to work more effectively.

Program Cost: $390 ($235 tuition+$155 meals/accommodations)

Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your spot in this program.


Charlene Howard

Charlene Howard is a Traditional Anishnabe (Ojibway) woman and a member of Garden River First Nation, in Ontario. Charlene possesses a (combined degree) Honours Bachelor of Social Work / Native Human Services from Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario; and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. Her thesis was on the Legacy of Residential Schools

Charlene has worked in areas of child welfare, foster care and currently is an independent counsellor approved by FNIHB (First Nation & Inuit Health Branch – Ontario Region) and offers ‘short term crisis intervention counselling’ under the Mental Health program; as well is approved under the ‘Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program’ to counsel and work with Residential School Survivors, their children and grandchildren. She also conducts full moon Sweat Lodge Ceremonies in her community.

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