Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium International (APRCi)
 

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-13-2010

Journal

Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Volume

1

Volume

1

Issue

2

First Page

111

Last Page

124

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21507686.2010.493205

Abstract

This paper explores from a Mi’kmaq and Aboriginal standpoint foundational knowledge in Indigenous therapeutics. Based on an eco-social-psycho-spiritual way of working, the article proposes Indigenous cultural models that open a window to a rich cultural repository of meanings associated with Indigenous cosmology, ontology and epistemology. The three layers of meaning, theory and practice within the symbolic ‘Medicine Lodge’ or ‘Place of The Dreaming’ give rise to ways of working that are deeply integrative and wholistic. These forms of Indigenous theory and practice have much to offer the counselling and complimentary health professions.

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