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The Wellbriety Movement: Intergenerational Trauma and the Healing Forest Model

Date: November 27, 2020 - December 31, 2021

The Wellbriety Movement: Intergenerational Trauma and the Healing Forest Model
A self-paced e-learning video

Please join Kateri Coyhis of the Mohican Nation and Executive Director of White Bison, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado on a pre-recorded e-learning opportunity continuing the 2020-2021 Cultural Linguistic Competency Project.

In this 45-minute webinar, Kateri Coyhis will present a brief history of the Indigenous genocide and the U.S. policy of separating children and internment in boarding schools and the resulting emotional, sexual abuse, and violence that create a legacy of intergenerational trauma.
Ms. Coyhis will explore how that trauma sparked a movement that resulted in an evidence-based model – the Wellbriety Movement and the Healing Forest Model– that is used internationally to support sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and wellness.

Ms. Coyhis will share culturally-based healing resources and the universal applicability of the Wellbriety Movement on sobriety and wellness.

Please find a time and safe space where you may have the presence of mind to view this video. Please register below. Once registration is complete, an automatic email will be delivered with the video link.


The intended audience will learn the following points:

What: Definitions of historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, genocide, internment

Why: In order to become better providers, examine how historical and intergenerational trauma present in patients and learning additional models of care to intervene

How: Utilizing the Wellbriety model with Indigenous patients and adapting the Wellbriety model for non-religious patients

Cultural competence is a journey and not a destination.
When it comes to cultural competence, everyone from the executive director to the receptionist can be a teacher and a learner.
None of us can see a situation through the lens of every culture.
But we CAN create a space where all our patients/clients and coworkers get heard.

We seek to establish the values and communal agreement of how we will approach difficult topics in order to create a safe space for hard conversations on what is impacting our mental health and addiction professionals while continuing to work within a context of being trauma-informed and strengths-based in our application.

Cultural Competency Enhancement Project:
The goal of the Cultural Competency Enhancement Project since 1996 has been to provide training services and technical assistance for community mental health centers and addiction providers throughout Indiana. Training services are designed to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency in providing culturally competent services. Indiana's Division of Mental Health and Addiction is excited to offer the 2020-2021 technical assistance webinar series.

Cultural Linguistic Competency & Health Disparities

Vision: People of all cultures and ethnicities partnering with local and state systems to achieve equity in access, services, interventions, and outcomes in our systems.

Mission: Facilitate cultural and linguistic competency strategies throughout Indiana’s state and local systems to improve outcomes for populations vulnerable to disparities and disproportionalities.