Fall Lecture Series "Plural Perspectives on Health and Health Policy"

Start: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 5:30 am

End: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 7:00 am

UNM Student Union Building, Lobo Room A&B

RWJF Center for Health Policy
Fall 2010 Lecture Series

"Plural Perspectives on Health and Health Policy

You Got to Prove it Beyond a Doubt": Knowledge, Evidence, & Practice in American Indian Mental Health Services

Joseph P. Gone, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
UNM Student Union Building
Lobo Room A&B

Culture has become the ground for ideological contestations surrounding mental health interventions for "Indian country."  This presentation will break down, examine, and reframe divergences in what constitutes knowledge, evidence, and practice between the mental health professions and tribal communities with an eye toward validating and valuing the contributions of both western scientific and indigenous epistemological traditions.
1. Identify key limitations of evidence-based mental health interventions as they pertain to American Indians.
2. Explain how culture factors into resistance to evidence-based mental health interventions in Indian country.
3. Describe specific differences in notions of knowledge, evidence, and practive between the mental health professions and American Indian community life.
4. Provide an example of the value of both scientific knowledge and traditional knowledge relative to mental health treatment.