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From Storytelling to Symbols, How to Best Counsel American Indian and Alaska Native Children

5/3/2006:   A conference in Alaska this summer will explore ways to creatively deepen the process of counseling American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families. Deepening the Process of American Indian/Alaska Native Counseling, takes place on the campus of the University of Alaska, Anchorage, August 8-10, and is geared to school counselors, social workers, mental health workers, substance abuse counselors, and others working with students and their families.

The event's objectives include
  • creating lesson plans based on cultural values;
  • exploring the Indian concepts of communication, worldview, values, and healing;
  • discovering the components of metaphor, including nature metaphors;
  • learning how to integrate spirituality, symbols, music, art, and drama in counseling;
  • learning why humor, games, and the environment are powerful interventions; and
  • learning how to integrate storytelling into counseling sessions.
The event is sponsored by Swan Circle Inc. and coordinated by the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Swan Circle provides training for counselors, mental health workers, and educators who work with American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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