Trauma Informed Services in Indian Country

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma History Center
Oklahoma City, OK

Dr. Dolores Subia Bigfoot, Ph.D.
Director, Indian Country Child Trauma Center

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Children who experience trauma can suffer devastating and long-term effects and Native American/Alaska-Native children often suffer historical and cultural trauma as well as individual trauma.  Evidence- based treatments have shown great success with mental health outcomes for children who’ve experienced trauma.  Because Native-American/Alaska-Native children are statistically more likely to suffer mental health difficulties, face challenges of poverty, physical, emotional and sexual abuse than other ethnic categories, trauma informed services in Indian Country are finely tuned to the necessary cultural issues of the Native-American populations.  Using culturally appropriate methods, trauma informed services in Indian Country seek to promote health and well-being for a unique population.

Dolores Subia BigFoot, Ph.D., is trained as a child psychologist, and is an Associate Professor directing the Native American Programs at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at The University of Oklahoma’s Health Sciences Center.  Funded since 1994 by the Children’s Bureau, she has directed Project Making Medicine and since 2003 has directed the Indian Country Child Trauma Center where she was instrumental in the cultural adapted interventions of evidence based treatments.  Under her guidance, four evidence-based treatments were adapted for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families in Indian Country titled The Honoring Children Series.  One of the four is Honoring Children, Making Relatives, a cultural adaptation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, for use with AI/AN children and their families.  It incorporates AI/AN teachings, practices, rituals, traditions, and cultural orientation while maintaining the guiding principles and theory of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.  Dr. BigFoot has over 15 published articles and chapters, including the lead author of the recent publication, “Adapting Evidence-Based Treatments for Use with American Indians and Native Alaskan Children and Youth.” Currently she is serving on the National Child Trauma Stress Network Cultural Consortium Working Group, contributor to the Working Group for evidence-based treatment for Portland State University, Children and Trauma, and is on the board of the First Nations Behavior Health Association.  Dr. BigFoot has over 30 years of experience and is knowledgeable about the concerns of implementation and adaptation of evidenced based practices being introduced into Indian Country.  She is well aware of the research, mental health, and sovereignty issues raised by tribes and tribal organizations.  Her knowledge in providing improved and effective services to Indian Country is highly valued. 

Lecture attendees receive 10% off purchase at the Winnie Mae Cafe.  Please arrive early if you plan to purchase lunch.

The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices.  The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public. OKDHS staff can receive training credit for this event. CEUs are available for social workers. For more information contact the Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at 405-522-4577.  View the complete lecture series lineup at: Practice and Policy Lecture Series website.