Finding a better way: Strengths-based trauma-informed practice

Date & Time: July 13, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM EASTERN TIME 

Presented by: Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose, Research Director, Indigenous Wellness Research Community Network & Wellness Wheel Medical Outreach Clinic and Associate Professor, University of Regina

Dr. Sasakamoose will build from her previous presentation on the Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory (ICRT) as a decolonized pathway designed to guide research that continuously improves the health, education, governance, and policies of Indigenous Peoples.

She will discuss how the Cultural Responsiveness Framework was developed, why it is needed to help restore Indigenous wellness in Western society, and its implementation in various projects. She will also discuss the importance of shifting from deficit to strengths-based trauma-informed practice.

Participants will:

  • Build from a Culturally Responsive Framework
  • Learn how to shift from deficit to strengths-based thinking
  • Recognize the principles of trauma-informed practice 


JoLee3.jpgDr. JoLee Sasakamoose is the Interim Co-Scientific Director of nātawihowin (art of self-healing) First Nations Health and Wellness Network, Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis Health and Wellness Research, Training, and Knowledge Mobilization Network. She is the Research Director of Wellness Wheel, responsible for leading the Research Team in supporting Traditional ways of knowing alongside Western approaches to wellbeing. JoLee works tirelessly to stay on top of grant opportunities and is incredibly skilled at translating those opportunities into responsive community-led programming. JoLee has a knack for picking out valuable skills in others and bringing them on board to support the community.

She is a proud Anishinabe (Ojibwe) with membership in M’Chigeeng First Nation in Ontario, an active citizen of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, and an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology and Counselling at the University of Regina where she teaches Group Counselling, Counselling Girls and Women, Counselling Children and Youth, Indigenous Family Therapies, and Decolonizing Research Methodologies. She co-authored the Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory and has an exceptional way of working in the “middle ground” between Western and Indigenous ways.

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