Tribal and Shamanic-Based Social Work Practice: A Lakota Perspective


Tribal and Shamanic-Based Social Work Practice:  A Lakota Perspective by Richard W. Voss, Victor Douville, Alex Little Soldier and Gayla Twiss (1999)

Social Work, 44(3), 228-241.

1.0 hours of CE credit                      Intermediate Level

This study looks at how the social work literature to date of publication views the Native American people as a "problem group" and explains the world-view of the Lakota people and how it differs from the dominant Western view.  Even though this paper is written by and for social workers, we believe that it is an important paper for people other mental health and helping professions.  So little is written about this topic in our literature (attested to by our literature search for more recent material), and this is vital information from for both dominant Western people learning about how to approach and help this particular set of cultural groups (Native Americans) and learning from Native American culture things that would surely enhance the domiinant culture in many ways.

This paper is not in the public domain and must be obtained either from a library or from the publisher. BEFORE YOU PURCHASE THIS COURSE please make sure you can get it from a library or online from a college or university data base OR THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY THE PUBLISHER FOR THE ARTICLE.

Additionally, you may be able to obtain the article free of charge if you are a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Here is a link to the article access on the publisher's site:   CLICK HERE

Journal article:  12 pages of text + 3 pages of references


Course Objectives

After taking this course a participant will be able to

1.  Explain at least two ways in which Native American (Lakota) philosophy differs from the dominant Western Eurocentric view. and give an example of how each of these differences could create an obsticle to understanding between an Indian and a White/European person.

2.  Name and briefly define that Lakota four dimensions of the self

3. Explain at least one way in which Lakota philosophy could reshape clinical practice in a positive way.

Author Affiliations

Richard W. Voss, MSW, DPC - Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Victor Douville, BA - Instructor in Lakota Studies, Sinte Gleska University, Mission, SD

Alex Little Soldier, BA - President, Native American Heritage Association, Rapid City, SD; elder and spiritual advisor

Gayla Twiss, MPH - Rosebud PHS Indian Hospital, Rosebud, SD