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CE Credit Hours: 8.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
American Indians and Alaska Natives have consistently experienced disparities in access to behavioral healthcare services, and availability and accessibility of such services continue to be major barriers to recovery for these populations. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is to illustrate strategies for facilitating American Indian and Alaska Native individuals’ access to and engagement in behavioral health services and to outline promising practices for providers to apply in working with American Indians and Alaska Natives. In addition, several vignettes are presented that demonstrate specific knowledge and clinical skills necessary for providing effective counseling to American Indians and Alaska Natives across behavioral health settings.
CE Course Description
1. Summarize American Indian and Alaska Native history, historical trauma, and critical cultural perspectives on such key topics as health beliefs and help-seeking behaviors.
2. Outline American Indian and Alaska Native demographics, social challenges, and behavioral health issues.
3. Identify how and to what extent a client’s cultural background affects his or her behavioral health needs and concerns.
4. Discuss strategies to expand providers’ cultural awareness, competence and culture-specific knowledge.
5. Evaluate specific treatment interventions, including traditional American Indian and Alaska Native interventions and cultural adaptations of standard treatment and prevention strategies.
6. Review practical vignettes that demonstrate client’s concerns and treatment needs as well as specific knowledge and clinical skills necessary for providing effective interventions.
7. Analyze practical suggestions and guidance for key stages in the provider–client relationship.
The Mindful team consists of numerous behavioral health professionals with a plethora of clinical experience as well as backgrounds in higher education, including teaching at the university level. Our three consulting psychologists review the appropriate course material, based on their experience and expertise that aligns with program content, to ensure that it enhances interdisciplinary understanding and is consistent with a systematic, research-based approach to promoting continued education and for synthesizing new knowledge into the clinician’s professional environment.
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