Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives- Module 2

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Program Summary:  This course examines American Indian and Alaska Native cultures and offers practice-based approaches for behavioral health services.  This course is divided into two modules.  Module 2 covers Part 1 Chapter 2 of the reading and offers 4 case study vignettes with Vicki, Joe, Marlene, and Philip.  Client-Provider Dialogs are given along with Master Provider Notes.  A variety of themes are discussed including family, tradition, and identity.

“Never look for a psychological explanation unless every effort to find a cultural one has been exhausted.”  – Margaret Mead

This course is recommended for social workers and counselors and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

Part 1 Chapter 2: 

Entire Article:

Publisher:  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to behavioral health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the Stages of Change Model.  Contrast talking Circles and Therapy Groups.  Describe the Welcome Home exercise.

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1: For the following questions, please refer to the Part 1, Chapter 2 reading at Vignette 1/ Which of the following is an example of stacking questions?
2: "When you say you feel crazy, what does crazy mean to you?" is an example of finding
3: Which of the following is an example of a double-sided reflection?
4: Which of the following is an example of Vicki's intrinsic motivation?
5: Vignette 2//  What are some of Joe's strengths in this vignette?
6: Mike is sensitive in asking for permission to talk to Joe about
7: Using Exhibit 1.2-2, which of the following best describes the Stages of Change model?
8: Individuals in this part of the Stages of Change cycle do not see a need to do anything different or to make changes.
9: Individuals standing in this part of the Stages of Change cycle think about changing or want to make changes, but they have mixed feelings.
10: With the Stages of Change model, individuals who have sustained change for _______________ are considered to be in maintenance.
11: Vignette 3//  Many Alaska Native communities experience some of the highest rates of __________ in the US.
12: Homebrew can be particularly ___________ to drink.
13: In adults, binge drinking is defined as having ___________ or more drinks for women on the same occasion at least once in the past 30 days.
14: In American Indian and Alaska Native communities, when a provider has multiple connections or relationships with a client beside the professional relationships, it is important that the provider
15: As a provider, you want the initial family session to do all of the following except:
16: In family sessions, it is important that the ___________ is the messenger explaining the reasons for the session.
17: During the family session, Nolee takes newsprint and lays it on the floor.  She draws the word ______________.
18: Which of the following best describes noninterference?
19: In a _______________, there is no discussion, feedback or interpretation from anyone (including the facilitator) while or after a participant shares.
20: Vignette 4//  Some of the most effective models of addressing homelessness are services focused on
21: Philip's belief that he has 'wronged' someone in the past and that is why his life is 'like this'  can be explained by
22: The origins of the 'Welcome Home' exercise stem from
23: Experiential group exercises should be facilitated near the ______________ of the session.
24: In this rendition of Welcome Home, ____________ are a better choice and best reflects the life circumstances of the group member who is at the center of the exercise.
25: Which of the following can be a powerful counseling tool, allowing the client to see a different perspective and leading to more compassion and awareness of self and others?

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G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.