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THE DIFFERENCE A NATIVE WOMEN’S AWARENESS CIRCLE MAKES IN A TREATMENT PROGRAM. SHERRI-LYN HILL PIERCE – Native Spirit Consulting LAUREL WHALEN-CURRAN – Womankind Addiction Service KARI WHITELAW – Womankind Addiction Service. Native Spirit Consulting.

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The difference a native women s awareness circle makes in a treatment program

THE DIFFERENCE A NATIVE WOMEN’S AWARENESS CIRCLE MAKES IN A TREATMENT PROGRAM

SHERRI-LYN HILL PIERCE – Native Spirit Consulting

LAUREL WHALEN-CURRAN – Womankind Addiction Service

KARI WHITELAW – Womankind Addiction Service


The difference a native women s awareness circle makes in a treatment program

Native Spirit Consulting

Sheri-Lyn Hill Pierce FNWACCB, ICADC, CASAC

Native Spirit Consulting

www.nativespiritconsulting.com

Ohsweken, Ontario

Office (905)573-1473

Laurel Whalen- Curran

Womankind Addiction Service

Senior Addiction Counsellor

Hamilton, Ontario

(905)521-9591 ext 238

Kari Whitelaw

Womankind Addiction Service

Clinical Supervisor

Hamilton, Ontario

(905)521-9591 ext 232


Overview

OVERVIEW

  • IDENTIFIED GAPS IN PROGRAM/SERVICES

  • HOW COLLABORATION DEVELOPED IN ALIGNMENT WITH BEST PRACTICES

  • THE NWA CIRCLE - HOW,WHAT, WHEN & WHY

  • EVALUATION OUTCOMES

  • SMUDGING CLOSURE

  • HANDOUTS


What we learned

WHAT WE LEARNED

  • 5 YEAR MARK AND LOOKING AT GAP AND ENHANCEMENT

  • BEST PRACTICES – LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN SERVE SPECIAL POPULATIONS BETTER

  • ABORIGINAL WOMEN HAVE SPECIFIC WAYS OF INTERPRETING LIFE AND CHANGE THAT ARE OFTEN NOT UNDERSTOOD OR INCORPRATED BY MAINSTREAM PROGRAMS


How collaboration developed

HOW COLLABORATION DEVELOPED

ALIGNMENT WITH BEST PRACTICES

Programs lack attention to spiritual values and traditional ceremonies

The use of positive Aboriginal role models needs to be enhanced

WHAT WAS NEEDED:

Grounding the holistic framework in a grass roots approach

Valuing that there are pockets of expertise outside of our own walls

The cultural face provides validity to program delivery


A native women s awareness circle for all ethnic women

A Native Women’s Awareness Circle for all Ethnic Women

  • Grass Roots Approach

  • Facilitated weekly in the 5 week treatment program

  • Opportunity for women to integrate learning and awareness to have a better understanding of their life

  • The desired outcome is for women to value themselves with mainstream learning coupled with First Nations cultural learning


Difference between spirituality religion

Difference Between Spirituality & Religion

Spirituality: Being Connected with all living things (Freedom all around you)

Dictionary: Of the human spirit or soul.

Religion: Something that has been handed

down and where it is practiced

Dictionary: Belief in and worship of a

superhuman controlling power.


My vision

My Vision

  • To give women the strength that is within them, to believe in themselves and to respect themselves.

  • You carry the strength of your ancestors into the hearts of the future.

  • 7 Generations ahead

  • Take your life mistakes as TEACHINGS

  • You wouldn’t be the woman who you are if those things did not happen to you.

  • I wanted them to understand you are always learning in life and there is always teaching moments to pass on to others.


The difference a native women s awareness circle makes in a treatment program

BALANCING ALL ASPECTS

Physical

  • Takes time

  • Understanding

  • Learning

  • what we need to do differently

  • Balance all

Mental

Emotional

Spiritual


Holistic approach medicine wheel

HOLISTIC APPROACH/MEDICINE WHEEL

FINDING SELF

LOST

Mentally

Spiritually

Spiritually

Mentally

Cultural Pride

A faith of some kind

Reviving tradition/

language

Low Self Esteem

Helplessness

Shame

Self worth

Self esteem

Stable

Loss of faith

Loss of identity

WOMANKIND

Emotionally

Physically

Emotionally

Physically

Talking

Asking for Help

Acknowledge feelings

Better health

Setting boundaries

Sad

Alone

Hurt

Substance Abuse

Violence


Nwa circle program at a glance

NWA Circle Program at a Glance

  • Begin and end each session with a prayer, positive words or smudging with sage/sweetgrass

  • Intention is to help individuals to be grounded and have a clear positive mind going into session


Program

PROGRAM

Week #1: How come we are where we are in life today?

  • This session will help the women to be more aware of themselves and understanding why they are where they are in life today.

    Week#2:How come we choose to make ourselves suffer?

  • This session will help the women to understand their ineffective coping skills and to be able to acknowledge their strengths.

    Week#3 :How come there is drama in my life?

  • This session will help the women to understand the areas in their life that is being affected and value the importance of boundaries.

    Week#4:How come it’s hard to accept responsibility?

  • This session will help the women to learn new skills that will assist them to take responsibility for self in a more effective way.

    Week#5:What’s my next step in my healing outside these walls?

  • This session will help the women to enhance all their skills in what they have learned over the five weeks and to realize the supports they do have all around them.


After each session

After Each Session

  • Self Evaluation

    (Physical/Mental/Emotional/Spiritual)

  • Evaluation for Womankind

  • Close session with smudging

  • Giving Thanks


The difference a native women s awareness circle makes in a treatment program

LISTEN TO THE WISDOM OF YOUR HEART.

“ I am going to listen to my gut and follow my heart. I am going to set boundaries. I am going to maintain and nurture my spirituality.” NWAC participant

BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF YOUR SPIRIT.

“ I am going to remember that she taught me I am important and worth loving myself and I don’t desire to be hurt anymore. I am a strong woman and I should always listen to my instinct. “

NWAC participant


Client evaluations

CLIENT EVALUATIONS


Sister to sister

EXPRESSED WANTS

SISTER TO SISTER

To Be Believed In

To Find Self

Trusted by Family

Have Healthy Friends

Be connected

Substance Free

Healthy Communication

Finding Meaning


What participants are saying

WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING

“It gave me a more rounded understanding of my own spirituality.

A tool I will carry throughout my recovery.”

“Keep being positive.

Knowing the real me. After

treatment continue support

network to keep recovered.

Talk to my Higher Power and

thank him. Love myself.”

“Realize my strength

as a woman and

apply the things I’ve

learned in real life.”

“I liked the Native

group a lot and I’m

not Native.”

“It is reassuring

having my weeks

lessons reinforced.”

“This class has taught me self respect and helped me in setting boundaries. I have a voice.”

“We can alter our lives by altering our attitudes. That really stuck out for me. It is simple

but so true. I’ve altered my attitude so far (more positive) and have noticed some

changes already. Sheri-Lyn spoke a lot about what we’ve learned in groups but

put a different spin on it which helped It sink in even more.”


Observational experiences

OBSERVATIONAL EXPERIENCES

  • Pleasant surprise was how the programming was beneficial in a number of ways

  • Behaviours

  • Increased retention of clients

  • Participants have grasped concepts of spirituality and a willingness to explore

  • Increased awareness for staff


Questions

Questions


Smudging

SMUDGING

Explaining:

Eagle Feather

Indian Tobacco

Sage

Sweet Grass

Smudging Shell

How to Smudge Self

Grounding Stone: Turtle


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