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SOWK 3310 American Indians and Chemical Dependency (3 credits)

Provides an American Indian perspective and information on work being done with American Indians and chemical dependency. Addresses a broad range of issues, beginning with a fresh look at the impact of alcohol and drugs on American Indian people. Uses historical experience along with a comparison of Western scientific thought to its counterpart in American Indian cultures: the wisdom of the traditional elders. Also provides other relevant cultural information, such as traditional family roles and their relevance in the treatment setting, and an overview of Native American spirituality and its application to the recovery process. Also offers a hands-on clinical application for working with chemically dependent American Indian people from assessment considerations to treatment planning, and looks at the elements of a culturally specific treatment program for American Indians.
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