Thur., Aug. 29, 2013, Noon to 1 p.m.
Trauma Informed Services in Indian Country
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Dr. Dolores Subia Bigfoot, Director
Indian Country Child Trauma Center
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.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Bigfoot 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.”
Dr. Bigfoot has served as Principle Investigator on thirteen federally funded projects. She is recognized for her service on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council, National Network to Eliminate Health Disparities, and on the working groups for the Indian Health Service and the National Indian Child Welfare Association. She was selected to attend the White House conference on children’s mental health, is former President of the Society of Indian Psychologists, is a founding member of the National Association of Victim Assistance Providers, and has served on the board of directors for the National Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse (now Prevent Child Abuse America).
Currently Dr. Bigfoot 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.