9781620552674

Indigenous Healing Psychology

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    9781620552674

  • ISBN10:

    1620552671

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-12-19
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Pr

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Summary

Connecting modern psychology to its Indigenous roots to enhance the healing process and psychology itself

• Shares the healing wisdom of Indigenous people the author has worked with, including the Ju/’hoansi of the Kalahari Desert, the Fijians of the South Pacific, Sicangu Lakota people, and Cree and Anishnabe First Nations people

• Explains how Indigenous perspectives can help create a more effective model of best practices in psychology

• Explores the vital role of spirituality in the practice of psychology and the shift of emphasis that occurs when one understands that all beings are interconnected

Wherever the first inhabitants of the world gathered together, they engaged in the human concerns of community building, interpersonal relations, and spiritual understanding. As such these earliest people became our “first psychologists.” Their wisdom lives on through the teachings of contemporary Indigenous elders and healers, offering unique insights and practices to help us revision the self-limiting approaches of modern psychology and enhance the processes of healing and social justice.

Reconnecting psychology to its ancient roots, Richard Katz, Ph.D., sensitively shares the healing wisdom of Indigenous peoples he has worked with, including the Ju/’hoansi of the Kalahari Desert, Fijians native to the Fiji Islands, Lakota people of the Rosebud Reservation, and Cree and Anishnabe First Nations people from Saskatchewan. Through stories about the profoundly spiritual ceremonies and everyday practices he engaged in, he seeks to fulfill the responsibility he was given: build a foundation of reciprocity so Indigenous teachings can create a path toward healing psychology. Also drawing on his experience as a Harvard-trained psychologist, the author reveals how modern psychological approaches focus too heavily on labels and categories and fail to recognize the benefits of enhanced states of consciousness.

Exploring the vital role of spirituality in the practice of psychology, Katz explains how the Indigenous approach offers a way to understand challenges and opportunities, from inside lived truths, and treat mental illness at its source. Acknowledging the diversity of Indigenous approaches, he shows how Indigenous perspectives can help create a more effective model of best practices in psychology as well as guide us to a more holistic existence where we can once again assume full responsibility in the creation of our lives.

Author Biography

Richard Katz received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and taught there for twenty years. The author of several books, he has spent time over the past 50 years living and working with Indigenous peoples in Africa, India, the Pacific, and the Americas. He is professor emeritus at the First Nations University of Canada and an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

PROLOGUE
“Things of Power”
Releasing the Healing Potentials of Psychology

PART ONE -- PREPARATIONS

CHAPTER ONE
“If We Can’t Measure It, Is It Real?”
Entering the Profession of Psychology Maps

CHAPTER TWO
“We Try to Understand Our World--That’s Just What We Do” Indigenous Elders as Our First Psychologists

PART TWO -- THE WORKINGS OF PSYCHOLOGY

CHAPTER THREE
“We Respect What Remains a Mystery in Our Lives”
The Enduring Foundation of Spirituality in Everyday Life

CHAPTER FOUR
“The Purpose of Life Is to Learn”
Research as a Respectful Way of Experiencing and Knowing

CHAPTER FIVE
“All in the Circle of Our Lives Remains Valuable” Nourishing a Recurring Fullness throughout the Life Cycle

CHAPTER SIX
“Health Is More Than Not Being Sick”
Balance and Exchange as Foundations of Well-Being

CHAPTER SEVEN
“All My Relations” Honoring the Interconnections That Define Us

PART THREE -- A FUTURE OF PSYCHOLOGIES

CHAPTER EIGHT
“There Is No One Way, Only Right Ways”
The Renewing Synergy of Multiple Psychologies

Bibliography

Index

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