Indian Country

Child Trauma Center




Childhood Trauma in Indian Country - American Indian and Alaska Native children are the recipients of exceptionally high levels of trauma and stress creating for many of these children an inability to manage trauma responses and being overwhelmed by trauma reminders. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other stress-related conditions have been recognized as contributing to the inability of children to function well in home or in school.  This webinar will discuss the different kinds of traumas that children are exposed to and the reactions that may evolve.


The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study and American Indians and Alaska Native Children - The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study findings suggest that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of poor mental health in adolescents and young adulthood, increase illnesses in adulthood and early death as well as poor quality of life. Progress in preventing and recovering from the nation's worst health and social problems is likely to benefit from understanding that many of these problems arise as a consequence of adverse childhood experiences.  This webinar will present the ACES in comparing those specific conditions with American Indian and Alaska Native children.



Honoring Children, Mending the Circle: Cultural Adaptation of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for American Indian and Alaska Native Children by Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD, and Susan R. Schmidt, PhD.

Adapting Evidence-Based Treatments for Use with American Indian and Native Alaskan Children and Youth by Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD and Janie Braden. Page 19 of the Focal Point Research, Policy and Practice in Children's Mental Health newletter.

Honoring Children, Making Relatives: The Cultgural Translation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for American Indian and Alaska Native Families by Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD and Beverly W. Funderburk, PhD.

The State of Best Practices in Indian Country by Jami Bartgis, PhD, and Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD, published in the Health Indian Country Initiative Promising Prevention Practices Guide, 2010.

Is a Structured, Manualized, Evidence-Based Treatment Protocol Culturally Competent and Equivalently Effective Among American Indian Parents in Child Welfare? by Mark Chaffin, PhD, David Bard, PhD, Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD, and Erin J. Maher, PhD. Published in the Journal of Child Maltreatment, August, 2012.

The Interrelationship Between the Society of Indian Psychologists and Counseling Psychology by Jacqueline Gray, PhD, Paula Carter, PhD, Teresa LaFromboise, PhD, and Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD. Published in the Counseling Psychologist, 2012.


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