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dc.contributor.authorDickinson, Dalaena
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-23T23:29:30Z
dc.date.available2016-06-23T23:29:30Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11803/255
dc.description.abstractThis study examines Aboriginal women’s encounters with mainstream mental health services. Using the Critical Incidents Technique, the researcher developed a list of categories to describe factors that help or hinder healing for this population. Interviews conducted with six participants yielded a total of 57 incidents (of which 46 facilitated and 11 hindered healing). These incidents were sorted into 15 categories (12 helping, three hindering). Many of the helping categories reveal the importance of cultural connections and traditional value systems. In addition, they highlight the need for culturally competent practitioners who are collaborative and strengths-based in their treatment approaches. Conversely, the hindering categories describe the detrimental impacts of culturally incompetent practice and prescriptive, non-collaborative treatment approaches. Additionally, they reveal how fears of racism and negative stereotypes continue to serve as a barrier to service for some Aboriginal women. Notably, a unique finding that emerged in this study is that some participants found healing through a combination of medical (i.e. formal diagnosis and psychotropic medication) and traditional (i.e. ceremony) interventions.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectAboriginal womenen_US
dc.subjectMental health servicesen_US
dc.titleAboriginal Women's Encounters with Mainstream Mental Health Services: The Critical Incidents that Facilitate Healingen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCounselingen_US
thesis.degree.grantorCity University of Seattleen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
cityu.schoolDivision of Arts and Sciencesen_US
cityu.siteVancouver, BCen_US
cityu.site.countryCanadaen_US


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