This online course will be streaming live on December 8, 2021 from 8:15am – 4:00pm PT, 10:15am – 6:00pm CT, 11:15am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.
9:30am – 9:40am Pacific time, 11:30am – 11:40am Central Time, 12:30pm – 12:40pm Eastern Time
10:40am – 10:50am Pacific time, 12:40pm – 12:50pm Central Time, 1:40pm – 1:50pm Eastern Time
11:50am – 12:40pm Pacific time, 1:50pm – 2:40pm Central Time, 2:50pm – 3:40pm Eastern Time
1:40pm – 1:50pm Pacific time, 3:40pm – 3:50pm Central Time, 4:40pm – 4:50pm Eastern Time
2:50pm – 3:00pm Pacific time, 4:50pm – 5:00pm Central Time, 5:50pm – 6:00pm Eastern Time
Recored footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until January 10, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Registration will close on December 6, 2021.
Letter from Jack Hirose
On behalf of Jack Hirose and Associates and the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC), we would like to invite you to join us for the first ever Canadian Virtual Indigenous Mental Health and Holistic Wellness Conference planned for December 8, 2021. This conference is the first of many upcoming training initiatives planned in collaboration between Jack Hirose and Associates and the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada.
Once again we are grateful for the support of our main sponsors Sunshine Coast Health Centre and Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic. Sunshine Coast Health Centre is one of the top drug rehab and alcohol treatment programs in BC and Canada. Georgia Strait is a women’s-only facility and brings together the collective expertise of highly-trained, experienced professionals to serve women struggling with their mental health. Jack Hirose and Associates is proud to have aligned with both organizations that support and value quality training for mental health professionals.
We are grateful to all our guest presenters who graciously agreed to participate in the conference and share their expert knowledge as it relates to Indigenous mental health and holistic wellness. Our team of presenters will address an array of relevant topics including: intergenerational trauma; building resilience; living the medicine wheel; uniting mind, body, energy and spirit; healing the legacy effect; strengthening and healing the kinship circle; cultural beliefs and spirituality.
It is our hope that this conference will help all professionals who are interested in learning more about mental health and holistic wellness to better serve indigenous clients/students or other populations. We hope you can join us for this very special event!
Jack Hirose, M.A.
President and CEO
Jack Hirose and Associates
Identifying Intergenerational Trauma and Building Resilience Strategies among Indigenous Peoples and Other Populations presented by Martin Brokenleg, Ed.D.
During this presentation, internationally known presenter Dr. Martin Brokenleg will identify intergenerational trauma and how to build resilience strategies among Indigenous peoples and other populations. Intergenerational trauma is a feature of life for people from a whole variety of cultural backgrounds and life experiences. The resilience strategies taught by Dr. Brokenleg are transferable to a wide range of clients. Dr. Brokenleg will discuss the social, emotional and cognitive impact. You will learn the importance of being trauma-informed in working with clients or students. Dr. Brokenleg draws from research and experiences of Indigenous cultures and will provide long-lasting solutions to build resiliency and manage trauma.
“In this materialistic, fast-paced culture, many children have broken circles, and the fault line usually starts with damaged relationships. Having no bonds to significant adults, they chase counterfeit belongings through gangs, cults, and promiscuous relationships. Some are so alienated that they have abandoned the pursuit of human attachment. Guarded, lonely, and distrustful, they live in despair or strike out in rage. Families, schools, and youth organizations are being challenged to form new “tribes” for all of our children so there will be no “psychological orphans.” ~Dr. Martin Brokenleg
Living the Medicine Wheel presented by Sandi Boucher
Information on Indigenous cultures and teachings is often hard to come by and the results are often questionable. But those who live within one of those cultures know that Indigenous teachings are empowering, not only to Indigenous people, but to anyone who chooses to adopt them. This session introduces participants to the Medicine Wheel teachings, a teaching tool used by many.
Gathering Our Medicine: Strengthening and Healing the Kinship Circle presented by Denise Findlay, M.Ed., ACC
The cascading impacts of intergenerational trauma as a result of colonization and residential schools are far reaching. Indigenous families and communities have faced immense suffering as a result of the decimation of the place-based cultures and ways of being that supported health and well-being since long ago. Mainstream approaches to mental health and the treatment of trauma have proven ineffective for the most part. “Gathering Our Medicine” offers a fresh approach for families, communities and those in helping roles longing to support collective healing. “Gathering Our Medicine” is a cross cultural model intended to re-orient us in our work with Indigenous families and communities. Informed by attachment theory, developmental science and the science of emotion, the program provides a framework for restoring dignity to role of caring for each other in the context of community and the cultural ways of kinship circle. The program encourages a restoration of the communities’ natural capacity to care for one another while shifting helping professionals into the role of facilitators and to restore the very relationships in which healing can unfold naturally and spontaneously.
Uniting Mind, Body, Energy and Spirit presented by Michael DeMolina, Ph.D., MS., LPCS, CDCS, MAC
Cultural Beliefs and Spirituality: Balancing Body, Mind and Spirit presented by Sharon R. Baptiste BSW RSW MHT
For many centuries, first nations people lived in harmony with nature and had their own governance systems. They depended on their knowledge keepers and spiritual healers to assist in processes that needed to deal with behaviour. All the people knew their roles in the commune systems. At a very young age they adapted to their traditional ways including rights of passage ceremonies. They picked traditional medicines to help in healing processes. The Sweetgrass cleansing ceremony plays a vital role to enhance mind, body and spirit.
Awakening the Trickster: An Invitation to Healing the Legacy Effect presented by Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Ph.D.
Cynthia will speak to the need to understand the legacy effect of original and intergenerational trauma within Indigenous populations. Historic and recent events cannot be divided into “chapters” in Canada’s history – there has been a continuous impact on the well-being of Indigenous peoples. The Trickster awakens the unconscious to adverse experiences and jumpstarts the healing process. It’s a restoration of traditional life ways and a reestablishment of “wise practices” or deeply cultural behaviours and familial relationships.