Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives

$21.00 | CE Hours:7.00 | Intermediate


CE Course Description

This CE course focuses on American Indian and Alaska Native history, historical trauma, and critical cultural perspectives.  It discusses demographics, social challenges, and behavioral health, highlighting the importance of providers’ cultural awareness, competence, and culture-specific knowledge.  It also describes specific treatment interventions, including traditional American Indian and Alaska Native interventions and cultural adaptations to standard behavioral health approaches.

Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives.  (2018).  Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 61.  HHS Publication No. (SMA) 18-5070EXSUMM.  Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


Adekoya, N., Truman, B., and Landen, M.  (2015).  Incidence of notifiable diseases among American Indians / Alaska Natives - United States, 2007 - 2011.  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 64(1), 16-19.

Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  (2018).  Labor force characteristics by race and ethnicity, 2017 (BLS Report 1076).  Washington, DC: Author.

Indian Health Services.  (2017).  Indian health focus: Injuries 2017 edition.  Rockville, MD: Author.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Conclude three basic spiritual principles shared by many American Indians and Alaska Natives.

2.  Define historical trauma.

3.  Describe what most American Indians and Alaska Natives believe lies at the heart of substance use and mental disorders within their communities.

4.  Demonstrate a way to develop relationships with American Indians and Alaska Natives who are not clients.

5.  Explain how historical trauma is transmitted across generations.

6.  Name eight common reasons for why American Indian and Alaska Native clients experience grief.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Chapter 1

a.  Introduction

b.  Choosing a Path for Your Learning Journey

c.  Beginning in the East: The Direction of Cultural Knowledge

d.  Moving to the South: The Direction of Cultural Awareness and Competence

e.  Continuing West: Cultural Perspective on Behavioral Health

f.  Arriving in the North: The Direction of Culturally Specific and Responsive Skills and Practices

2.  Chapter 2

a.  Introduction

b.  Vignette 1 - Establishing Relationships, Acknowledging the Past, and Choosing Treatment

c.  Vignette 2 - Addressing Methamphetamine Dependence, Reconnecting With Family, and Recovering on the Reservation

d.  Vignette 3 - Facilitating Support, Creating Family Connections, Honoring Traditional Ways, and Recovering Remote Alaska Villages

e.  Vignette 4 - Making Connections Between Losses and Alcohol Use, Using One-Stop Outreach and Case Management Services for Homelessness and Treatment Service Needs, and Building Relationships Using Traditional Practices in Recovery



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Added On: 2019-04-14

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