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By: Paula McWhirter & Rockey Robbins

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 16: Group Therapy with Native People

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Group Therapy with Native People
Group therapy with native people
Paula McWhirterRockey Robbins
Introduction

Nearly five million Native American and Alaska Natives represent hundreds of diverse and distinct tribes, many with unique customs, traditions, and languages (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2009). There are more than 250 distinct tribal languages spoken and almost one third (29%) of Native People report speaking a language other than English in the home (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2009). Despite numerous differences within tribal healing and spiritual practices, many Native Peoples share a common epistemological worldview. Similarities in fundamental cultural and spiritual beliefs profoundly outweigh intertribal differences (Robbins, Hill, & McWhirter, 2008). Virtually all traditional Native Americans base spiritual principles and philosophies in a relational context (Robbins et al., 2008), including ...

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