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BOOK – Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies



By Renee Linklater  Foreword by Lewis Mehl-Madrona

In Decolonizing Trauma Work, Renee Linklater explores healing and wellness in Indigenous communities on Turtle Island. Drawing on a decolonizing approach, which puts the “soul wound” of colonialism at the centre, Linklater engages ten Indigenous health care practitioners in a dialogue regarding Indigenous notions of wellness and wholistic health, critiques of psychiatry and psychiatric diagnoses, and Indigenous approaches to helping people through trauma, depression and experiences of parallel and multiple realities.

Through stories and strategies that are grounded in Indigenous worldviews and embedded with cultural knowledge, Linklater offers purposeful and practical methods to help individuals and communities that have experienced trauma.

Decolonizing Trauma Work, one of the first books of its kind, is a resource for education and training programs, health care practitioners, healing centres, clinical services and policy initiatives.

About Renee Linklater

Renee Linklater, PhD is a member of Rainy River First Nations in Northwestern Ontario. Her doctoral studies were completed with the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Renee has 20 years of experience working with Aboriginal healing agencies and First Nation communities. She has worked across the health and education sectors as a frontline worker, program evaluator, curriculum developer, and educator/trainer. Renee is currently the Acting Director of Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach for the Provincial System Support Program at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.



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I read this book quite recently. And then in a friend I see it here in the discussion. I guess it's fate and I have to write my own review of it. And so, the book is very worthy and will suit those who like to reflect on philosophical themes, mental, you know. I even wrote about it in my project, found a website that writes essays for you, used for that. Basically everything has to do with our personal traumas, physical and psychological. And they can help us become stronger. That's about the point, as I understand it.

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