Synergy, Healing, and Empowerment

Guided by the concept of synergy, this groundbreaking collection explores alternatives in the areas of counseling, education, and community health and development. Synergy refers to the process of two or more things coming together to create a new, greater, and often-unexpected whole. When synergy exists, formerly scarce resources can expand and become renewable and accessible to all.

Drawing upon the diverse cultural experiences of Aboriginal groups in North America and around the world, these compelling narratives provide practical insights into the emergence of synergy and obstacles to its existence. Synergy, Healing and Empowerment offers invaluable guidance in the pursuit of a just and equitable society.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Copyright 3
Table of Contents 5
Acknowledgements 8
Overview. RICHARD KATZ, STEPHEN MURPHY-SHIGEMATSU, AND NITI SETH 10
SECTION I SYNERGY, HEALING, AND EMPOWERMENT: STARTING POINTS 18
CHAPTER ONE Synergy and Empowerment: Renewing and Expanding the Community’s Healing Resources RICHARD KATZ 20
CHAPTER TWO Synergy and Healing: A Perspective on Western Health Care RICHARD KATZ AND NITI SETH 48
SECTION II SYNERGISTIC IDENTITIES 72
CHAPTER THREE Balancing World Views and Identities in Becoming a Culturally Diverse Counsellor. STEPHEN MURPHY-SHIGEMATSU 74
CHAPTER FOUR Feminism Is for Everybody: Aboriginal Women, Feminism, and Diversity VERNA ST. DENIS 92
CHAPTER FIVE Teacher as Healer: Expanding Educational Resources RICHARD KATZ AND VERNA ST. DENIS 114
SECTION III EDUCATION AS TRANSFORMATION: A PATHWAY TOWARD SYNERGY 130
CHAPTER SIX Education as Transformation: An Approach to Training Healers RICHARD KATZ 132
CHAPTER SEVEN The Experience of Vulnerability: A Key to the Education of Health Professionals RICHARD KATZ AND STEPHEN MURPHY-SHIGEMATSU 154
CHAPTER EIGHT A Narrative Approach to Transformational Education: Cultural Training for Health Care Providers. STEPHEN MURPHY-SHIGEMATSU 168
CHAPTER NINE The Training of Culturally. Sensitive Counsellors: A Case Study of the Masters of Aboriginal Social Work (MASW) Program RICHARD KATZ, DANNY MUSQUA, AND TANIA LAFONTAINE 184
SECTION IV SYNERGISTIC COMMUNITY 208
CHAPTER TEN Breaking Psychology’s Stranglehold over. Therapeutic Services to Indigenous Peoples: Developing Pathways toward Collaboration RICHARD KATZ 209
CHAPTER ELEVEN The Contribution of Synergy to the Experience of Empowerment PETER A. CORNISH 240
CHAPTER TWELVE Women’s Talk (Baira Ni Vato): A Community-based Gujarati Village Structure for Empowering Communications. NITI SETH 256
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Will There Always Be Enough? Self-help Groups as a Renewable Healing Resource. RICHARD KATZ AND STEPHEN MURPHY-SHIGEMATSU 276
Glossary 290
A Brief Pronunciation Guide to the Ju/’hoan Language 293
References 294
About the Authors 309
Back cover 312