Health, social service, and social justice workers now have additional support, in their quest to continually improve and provide more inclusive mental health and addiction programs. For those in helping professions, the new book Journey to Healing: Aboriginal People with Addiction and Mental Health Issues What health, social service and justice and workers need to know (by authors Peter Menzies and Lynn F. Lavallée) promises to be a useful addition to our existing support tool box.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health noted the following about Journey to Healing:
- Helping to promote healing in Aboriginal people with addiction and mental health issues requires specialized knowledge and unique skills. Health, social service and justice workers must first have a grasp of history and the emotional legacy that today’s generation of Aboriginal people carry. They must also be prepared to blend Aboriginal and Western approaches to match their clients’ unique world views. Journey to Healing is a comprehensive and practical evidence-based resource. It was written to help prepare students and professionals to provide counselling and social services to Aboriginal people with mental health and addiction issues in urban, rural and isolated settings.
- The scope of the book is broad; each chapter focuses on a specific topic (see table of contents). Many of the authors are Aboriginal and all are respected experts in their fields. Each author shares his or her scholarly learning, insight, wisdom and experience of addressing addiction and mental health issues in Aboriginal populations.
- Journey to Healing is intended to serve as a course text for health, social service and justice programs in universities and community colleges. It will also be of interest to social workers, addiction and mental health service providers, and prison, probation, parole and police officers working with Aboriginal communities.
This book is worth picking up, if you are interested in providing – or promoting – more culturally congruent mental health and addiction programs.