Suicide Prevention Cultural Wisdom Previous Courses
The four Pillars of Cultural Wisdom: Conduct.
Using the medicine wheel as a paradigm, in this session we
focus our attention in the four behavioral factors to address Youth
suicide in Indian Country, namely, inform, instruct, educate and heal.
In this session we explain what is suicide; what shape it takes in and
out of the reservation; how does suicide affect the community; when does
it happen; where does it happen and how can we prevent suicide. In this
session we also identify the 10 common principles of wellbeing in the
Year 1: Second Qtr
The four pillars of Cultural Wisdom: Community.
In this session we identify the science of Hope as it is
practice in the Lakota community. We identify the 20 factors of the
science of hope, namely: home coming, love, resources, healthy sense of
self, interest, relations, the present moment, inter-dependency,
becoming a mentor, honor, competency, recognition, vision, what matters,
meaning, support, affirmation, power, healing and the art of community
making with the Lakota concept of "Mitakoye Oyasin" ("To all my relations.")
Year 1: Fourth Qtr
The four Pillars of Cultural Wisdom: Culture.
This session focuses on the way in which the Lakota Culture
has address suicide across the ages by the use of key Lakota concepts,
namely, "woakipa Yuha" (Carrying Trauma);
"Cante Ukul" (Lowering the heart); "Ukul Iyaye" (ongoing depression);
"Iyoke Sica" (Sadness); "Woisteca" (Guilt), and "Canzeka" (anger). In
this session we also identify the 10 characteristics of a "good medicine
person" the key community members who live by sharing principles of
Year 1: Third Qtr
The Four Pillars of Cultural Wisdom: Consciousness.
The field of consciousness impacts three factors in Indian
Country, namely, sense of awareness, the sense of self-esteem and
identity. In this session we explore what does it mean to live in a
reservation ( Prisoner of War Camp number 334 in the case of the Pine
Ridge Reservation). We also identify the elements of morbidity and
mortality in the Lakota Nation with a particular focus in Youth suicide.
Year 1: First Qtr