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Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies | Renee Linklater
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In Decolonizing Trauma Work, Renee Linklater explores healing and wellness in Indigenous communities on Turtle Island. Drawing on a decolonizing approach, Linklater engages ten Indigenous health care practitioners in a dialogue regarding Indigenous worldviews, notions of wellness and wholistic health, critiques of psychiatry and psychiatric diagnoses, and Indigenous approaches to helping people through trauma, depression and experiences of parallel and multiple realities. Linklater offers purposeful and practical methods to help individuals and communities that have experienced trauma, through stories and strategies that are grounded in Indigenous worldviews and embedded with cultural knowledge. Decolonizing Trauma Work, one of the first books of its kind, is a resource for education and training programs, health care practitioners, healing centres, clinical services and policy initiatives.
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This should be read by therapists, teachers, and social workers in Western institutions. It reads a bit like a thesis, but it is an educational book above all. It‘s not full of practices or modalities, but rather a grounding for ideological shifts about trauma and the ways Western pathology & systems do not serve Indigenous communities.

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Book #20: I am so grateful to be a healing artist and so rarely do I read texts on healing trauma that acknowledge those who straddle the line of healer/healing. The Indigenous healers who share their expertise in this text are gloriously centered in their own healing, their first person experience and cultural learning, the integration of spirit. I recommend this text wholeheartedly to anyone, especially healers & trauma workers.

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