Past Presentation

Indigenous Storywork | August 5, 2021

Date of Presentation: August 5, 2021

Type: Past Presentation  

Audience: Clinical  

Program: Substance Use Disorder ECHO Program  

Keywords: #stories  #storytelling  #traditional stories  #traditions  

Through the practice of storywork and oral traditions, indigenous people learn to live in right relationship with the themselves, their families, communities, and all of creation. In this presentation, Dr. Danica Love Brown, Behavioral Health Manager at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, discusses story work and how it offers opportunities to develop a more nuanced understanding of the complex and intersectional issues that affect people’s lives that in turn can inform intervention development specifically by including the narrative and storywork of the communities that are most effected by health disparities. When this knowledge is shared in a collective capacity, by utilizing traditional indigenous knowledge and practices such as indigenous storywork, we can move from simply understanding the information to developing a shared and collective motivation to change, along with a process for reinforcing that change. This change is centered on the praxis of love and sacrifice.


Presenter Bio:

Dr. Danica Love Brown

Danica Love Brown, MSW, CACIII, PhD, is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma born and raised in Northern New Mexico. Danica is the Behavioral Health Director at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and has worked as a mental health and substance use counselor, social worker, and youth advocate for over 20 years. Danica is an Indigenous Wellness Research Institute ISMART fellow alumni, Council of Social Work Education, Minority Fellowship Program fellow alumni, and Northwest Native American Research Center for Health fellow alumni. Her research has focused on Indigenous Ways of Knowing and decolonizing methodologies to address historical trauma and health disparities in Tribal communities.

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Date added: September 16, 2021

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