Healing Seasons Research Project is funded by:

National Institute of Minority Health & Health Disparities

R01 MD 011574

ABOUT

Principal Investigator Contact:

Cynthia Pearson

(206) 330-1997

pearsonc@uw.edu  

Community Partners:

Yakama Nation Behavioral Health

Comprehensive Healthcare, Yakima & Sunnyside

Healing Seasons:

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.

Working Together

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

                                                          Patricia Whitefoot

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! 

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