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2nd Annual IEN Psych Symposium

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  • 1. 2nd Annual OISE Indigenous Education Network’s Indigenizing Psychology Symposium: Call for Student Posters Community Mental Health & Healing May 31, 2012 Native Canadian Centre, Toronto, OntarioThis one-day symposium will cover a wide range of issues related to the Indigenousmental health and healing in the community. It is designed for students, practitioners, andresearchers of all disciplines of applied psychology and Indigenous mental health who areinterested in enhancing their understanding of community mental health practice, as wellas knowledge and skills around Indigenous mental health. The symposium will includetraditional healing demonstrations, as well as topics in advances in community mentalhealth practice in the areas of Indigenous counselling, psychotherapy, healing, andassessment. In addition to the invited talks, there will be oral presentations, studentresearch posters, and a cultural workshop presented by community youth.Within an Indigenous worldview of health, mental health is considered critical to healingand overall well-being rooted in a balance between the sacred aspects of the self(emotional, physical, spiritual, mental and social). This Indigenous paradigm of healthhas been successfully employed for thousands of years and currently, many communitiesare working to re-build social support systems to improve mental well-being amongindividuals, families and communities, in order to promote cultural identity and healing.The 2nd Annual Indigenous Education Network’s Indigenizing Psychology Symposium isbeing organized in the spirit of honouring community-based mental health services thatemphasize culture as the foundation of well-being among Indigenous communitymembers. Specifically, the symposium will explore key topic areas via oral presentations,workshops presentations, and cultural workshops by leading Canadian Indigenous healthand healing practitioners. These will include: 1. Traditional Healing in community mental health 2. Indigenous counselling and psychotherapy theory and community practiceStudents may submit abstracts for poster presentations in any of the above key topic areasuntil April 30, 2012. Please email name, title, and abstracts toSteven.Vanloffeld@utoronto.caFor more information or to register please contact the Conference Committee atSteven.Vanloffeld@utoronto.ca

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