Journey to Healing: Aboriginal People with Addiction and Mental Health Issues: What Health, Social Service and Justice Workers Need to Know

Authors: Lynn Lavallée, Peter Jr. Menzies, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (camh)
Published: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2014 (480 pages)


Lynn Lavallee | Journey to Healing: Aboriginal People with Addiction and Mental Health Issues
— Description taken from Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) —

Helping to promote healing in Aboriginal people with addiction and mental health issues requires specialized knowledge and unique skills. Health, social service and justice workers must first have a grasp of history and the emotional legacy that today’s generation of Aboriginal people carry. They must also be prepared to blend Aboriginal and Western approaches to match their clients’ unique world views.

Journey to Healing is a comprehensive and practical evidence-based resource. It was written to help prepare students and professionals to provide counselling and social services to Aboriginal people with mental health and addiction issues in urban, rural and isolated settings. The scope of the book is broad; each chapter focuses on a specific topic (see table of contents). Many of the authors are Aboriginal and all are respected experts in their fields. Each author shares his or her scholarly learning, insight, wisdom and experience of addressing addiction and mental health issues in Aboriginal populations.

The guide is intended to serve as a course text for health, social service and justice programs in universities and community colleges. It will also be of interest to social workers, addiction and mental health service providers, and prison, probation, parole and police officers working with Aboriginal communities.