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A’tola’nw - A time of hope and respecting one another:
Integrating traditional knowledge and counselling practice for Indigenous
Indigenous Communities Counselling Psychology Program
E. Anne Marshall, Honore Rodriguez-France & Jennifer L. Coverdale
University of Victoria, British Columbia
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Conference
May 8, 2014
The role of Traditional Knowledge
in our journeys
Indigenous Centered Learning
Promise to the Communities
Walking in Two Worlds
Grandmother/Grandfather Teachings
Supporting Students
Honore France
Combining traditional & western ways
Classroom set up and curriculum
Graduate student counselling Practica in
Aboriginal healing programs
The graduate degree, leading to an MA in Indigenous Communities
Counselling Psychology (ICCP) from the University of Victoria,
provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills
and understandings necessary to work as professional counsellors in
Aboriginal communities.
The program is designed to be completed over 3 years on a part-time
basis and is consistent with the certification requirements of the
Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association and the BC
Association of Clinical Counsellors
These seven Indigenous values & principles inform all aspects of
the program:
The circle
The Indigenous paradigm
The sacred & spiritual dimension
The Ancestral dimension
Stories, ceremony, culture, language & communal
The earth & our relatives
The vocation & practice of helping
ICCP student story themes
the strength and resilience fostered in identifying and
practicing their worldview as Indigenous women
the role of Elders and community knowledge keepers in
teaching and mentorship
the strengths and challenges of Indigenous-centered and
decolonized learning
the experiences of ‘walking in two worlds’ in scholarship and
the role of the mentorship and community based practicum
programs to support the development of strong women
leaders and helpers in community