Strengths v. Deficit Approaches to Community Health

When conducting research on promoting positive outcomes at the community-level, there are generally two approaches: deficit-based and strengths-based. I alluded to this at the beginning of the Historical Trauma: Part 1 post last week. Deficit-based research examines the existing issues within a community and attempts to overcome them. Strengths-based research identifies and promotes the strengths…

Historical Trauma: Part 1

With the recent news about Native American deaths and burials at former Indian schools (read Dr. Cam Shriver’s blog post about Boarding Schools here), this is an appropriate time for a discussion of the impacts of Historical Trauma (HT) on Native communities. First and foremost, from the perspective of the Nipwaayoni Acquisition and Assessment Team…

Evidence and Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Myaamia Leadership

Setting the Scene Sitting at our Annual Meetings and Winter Gatherings over the years has been an interesting experience as a Psychologist, Myaamia Community Member, and researcher for the Myaamia Center all at the same time. Each year, we gather as an entire myaamia community on only a few occasions.  As a community member, I…

Introducing the Nipwaayoni Acquisition and Assessment Team (NAAT)

Aya eeweemilaani, kiišikohkwa weenswiaani. ‘Hello my relatives, my name is Haley Shea.’ I am an enrolled Tribal member and also work doing research at the Myaamia Center. As a child, I attended the Eewansaapita camp (in the very first year!) and have continued engaging with tribal programming ever since. I feel honored to continue to…