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Native American Curriculum for State Accredited, Non-Tribal Mental Health & Substance Abuse Programs in South Dakota

A training program for professionals to improve their awareness of Native American culture, resulting in an enhanced treatment experience for the Native American client. The primary intent of this substance abuse-related curriculum is to provide an educational experience primarily for non-native staff members of state accredited, non-tribal mental health and substance abuse programs in South Dakota. The curriculum is also relevant for those working in the fields of education, health, mental health, social work and other similar professions. Although this curriculum focuses primarily on Dakota, Lakota and Nakota groups located in South Dakota, it has the potential to be adapted to reflect the ways of other indigenous groups located in other states. This curriculum contains 19 modules that require approximately 22 hours of instructional time. Up to 22 hours of Continuing Hours of Education have been awarded by the SD Certification Board for Alcohol and Drug Professionals (CBADP) and the SD Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists; and up to 2.2 CEU’s or 22 Contact Hours from the South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners.

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Native American Curriculum for State Licensed, Substance Abuse Programs in Minnesota

A curriculum for prevention specialists and counselors who work with American Indians with substance abuse issues. The primary intent of this substance abuse-related curriculum is to provide an educational experience primarily for non- native prevention staff and members of state licensed substance abuse treatment programs in Minnesota. Although this curriculum focuses primarily on Dakota, and Ojibwe groups with substance abuse located in Minnesota it has the potential to be adapted for a broader application. These curriculum programs hope to improve the substance abuse treatment experiences for Native Americans. We strive to provide a Native American cultural awareness educational program for non-native staff members of mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. Our goal is to explore causal reasons for alcohol and drug abuse among Native American populations, and identify Native American cultural, spiritual and other ways, that contributes to the prevention, treatment and aftercare of alcohol and drug abuse among individuals and families.

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