Decolonizing the Healing Process from Sexual Trauma
By: Corrine McArthur
This guide is designed to educate non-Indigenous counsellors on the impacts of the assimilation policies that still affect Indigenous people and communities. Mainstream counselling approaches are integrated with Indigenous spiritual healing practices for Indigenous clients and their families who have been impacted by sexual abuse. Indigenous cultures contain many strategies to help those who have been traumatized, and sharing this traditional knowledge with service providers will assist in the understanding of how to incorporate cultural strategies in their practices. This book provides exercises and handouts within the Appendix.
ISBN: 978-1-926476-37-7 (Paperback)
Date: July 2020
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. Understanding Sexual Assault and the Impacts it Has on Victims
2. Therapeutic Approaches to Sexual Assault
3. Understanding Indigenous Worldviews
4. What Does an Integration of Approaches Look Like?
About the Author
Corrine McArthur is from the Treaty 4 territory and is a member of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation. Corrine completed her Master of Social work degree from the University of Regina. She currently works as the Sexual assault counsellor and community educator for the Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbours (SIGN) agency in Yorkton Saskatchewan. Corrine provides counselling services and family therapy for individuals and their families who have been impacted by the trauma of sexual assault/child sexual abuse. Many residential school survivors are seeking out her counselling services and workshops to understand and overcome the impacts of intergenerational trauma and abuses.
I found this guide to be of tremendous benefit as an important first step for reconciliation for social workers, counsellors and psychologists in the era of reconciliation. This guide provides a literature review combined with a detailed list of practice activities and case illustrations to show of how traditional healing ceremonies and traditions can be used effectively with counselling.
Donalda Halabuza, PhDFaculty of Social Work
University of Regina
Decolonizing the Healing Process from Sexual Trauma is a riveting journey into the acquired base of a skilled therapist. Educating those in the mental health field, McArthur gently offers culturally appropriate guidance when working with First Nations people who have experienced sexual abuse.
Cyndi Gray Williams, MSW, RSW, DVATI, RCAT, SEPRegistered and Licensed Art Therapist
Master’s Prepared and Registered Clinician
Somatic Experiencing (TM) Trauma Practitioner