Pathways to Our Heart, Mind, Body & Spirit
Healing Seasons: Pathways to Our Heart, Mind, Body & Spirit is a research project extension of Sacred Journeys. Built on an 8 year community based participatory partnership, in full collaboration with Yakama Nation Behavioral Health & Comprehensive Healthcare, Healing Seasons takes a holistic approach in providing cultural interventions to:
1) Reduce & prevent further substance use development while reducing PTSD & HIV/STI risks and
2) Treatment of PTSD to decrease substance misuse & prevent HIV/STI risks.
Using evidence based interventions, Motivational Interviewing Therapy with Skills Training (MIST), a goal setting & skill based talk therapy, and Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), a story based exposure therapy, we are recruiting 200 American Indian, Alaskan Native and descendants, ages 16 & older for the next 2 - 4 years.
Participation is confidential & completely voluntary.
Eligible participants will receive up to 6 free counseling sessions, transportation* & up to $345 throughout the life of the study.
An Advisory Board of eight nominated community leaders meet 6 times a year to provide overall guidance, review & comment on study materials to ensure that Healing Seasons is respectful to Yakama culture & tradition. Our current Advisory Board Members are:
Anita Mendoza Haver Jim Diane Sekaquaptewa Willow Jim
Former members: Oscar Olney, Mattie Tomeo-Palmanteer, Ted Strong, Jarod Swan, Gregory Sutterlict
This research project is a partnership between the Yakama Nation Women's Wellness Initiative & the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington.
YN Tribal Resolution #T-091-15 (05/07/2015)
Ready to Make a Difference?
Are you American Indian, Alaska Native or descendant?
16 years or older?
Concerned about substance misuse & trauma in your life?
Interested in learning healthier ways to address your concerns?
If so, Healing Seasons might be a good opportunity for you!