A Comprehensive Treatment Plan For Native American Families With Children And Adolescents
During this phase it is important for mental health practitioners to learn about local culture, its values, customs, and stories, and to work in partnership with the school personnel to increase administrator, teacher, and community support. Mental health practitioners need to collaborate with cultural liaisons, who not only have cultural knowledge but also clinical knowledge. This will assure that the intervention will be implemented with respect to the particular culture.
Limb and Hodge (2011) stressed that spirituality needs to be incorporated into assessment and intervention plans with Native American families and children and suggested using spiritual ecograms in therapeutic settings. This would allow the voice of the family and children to be heard and invite children’s input regarding the intervention process (Limb & Hodge, 2011).
Incorporating culture within therapy is effective with urban Indian youth, for example in a form of play therapy or individual therapy. Play therapy allows the child to express his or her feelings in a safe…