Indian Country

Child Trauma Center




The Honoring Children Series

Evidence Based Interventions for Culturally Appropriate Treatment 
for American Indian/Alaska Native Children

The Indian Country Child Trauma Center offers a training program to provide specialized training to mental health and behavioral health professionals working in Indian Country. The training in the Honoring Children Series are specific to Native populations and the unique characteristics of tribal people.

 Honoring Children, Making Relatives - Cultural adaptation of Parent Child Interaction Therapy.
Honoring Children, Making Relatives incorporates American Indian and Alaskan Native philosophies into the basic concepts of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Included in the curriculum are the issues of implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions in rural and/or isolated tribal communities with limited licensed professionals. Procedures are in place for assisting, measuring and monitoring the skills acquisition and treatment fidelity for rural/isolated or reservation based therapist-trainees. Online video consultation is used in the live remote real time coaching sessions to overcome the issue of distance and time constraints. This treatment is appropriate for children between the ages of 3 to 7 years of age.

 Honoring Children, Mending the Circle - Cultural adaptation of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
This model combines trauma-sensitive interventions with elements of cognitive behavioral therapy into a treatment designed to address the unique needs of children with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other problems related to traumatic life experiences. It is appropriate for most types of trauma and for children up to the age of 18.

 Honoring Children, Respectful Ways - Cultural adaptation of Treatment for Children with Sexual Behavior Problems
This therapy is appropriate for children between the ages of 3-12 years of age who have experienced traumas of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and violence in the family. Inappropriate sexual behaviors of AI/AN children and youth can have wide ranging impact on not only the children but also can significantly affect the family, the extended family, and the community, and can result in serious negative social consequences.

 Honoring Children, Honoring the Future - American Indian LIfe Skills Development Curriculum, a suicide prevention curriculum for middle and high school students. It was the only evidence-based suicide prevention program in Indian Country that has been recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2005 as a SAMHSA program of excellence. ICCTC has assisted the author to modify the curriculum for middle schools students and Boys and Girls Clubs in Indian Country.