The RWJF Center for Health Policy presents, "You Got to Prove It Beyond a Doubt": Knowledge, Evidence, & Practice in American Indian Mental Health Services," with Joseph P. Gone, associate professor of Psychology & American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Thursday, Sept. 9, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
in the UNM Student Union Building Lobo Rooms A&B.;

"Culture" has become the ground for ideological contestations surrounding mental health interventions for "Indian country." The presentation will break down, examine and reframe divergences in what constitutes knowledge, evidence and practice between the mental health professions and tribal communities with an eye toward validating and valuing the contributions of both western scientific and indigenous epistemological traditions.

1. Identify key limitations of evidence-based mental health interventions as they pertain to American Indians.
2. Explain how culture factors into resistance to evidence-based mental health interventions in Indian country.
3. Describe specific differences in notions of knowledge, evidence, and practice between the mental health professions and American Indian community life.
4. Provide an example of the value of both scientific knowledge and traditional knowledge relative to mental health treatment.

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