Support for the Indigenous Community
Counselling and consulting is available for those who have dealt with the numerous difficulties and/or mental health issues resulting from the generations of mistreatment done through residential schools and hospitals. Also there is counselling for those who have been impacted by missing and murdered indigenous women. If the client has a status number, usually it all can be paid for by First Nations Health Authority, so is at no cost to the client.
Lois has been known as a skillful and insightful therapist for the past 25 years. She also has been a main speaker and therapist for intergenerational trauma and sexual abuse conferences offered to leaders in Indigenous communities through the First Nations Health Authority.
One example of a class that she taught was in 2018-2019. It was entitled Healing Complex Trauma, a three week course offered to Aboriginal front line workers through First Nations Health Authority.
The course had three main streams:
1 – The neurobiology of the brain and how trauma changes the brain (this is significant because if the brain can change then under the appropriate conditions it can also heal)
2 – group therapy where front-line workers work through their personal traumas
3 – movement and art integration
For more information about this course (and to see a picture of our team) go to: www.fnha.ca/about/news-and-events/news/healing-the-healer. The article was published on May 10, 2019.