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Counseling the Inupiat Eskimo

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ISBN-10: 0313309345

ISBN-13: 9780313309342

Edition: 1999

Authors: Catherine Swan Reimer

List price: $86.00
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Current research indicates that in order to counsel a group of people different from the mainstream, it is important to understand their unique worldview. This book defines the worldview of personal well-being for the Inupiat Eskimo in order to establish guidelines for counseling strategies. Strategies are based on the wisdom of village elders, who define personal well-being in order to help others develop counseling practices that can bridge contemporary problems with the traditions and customs of the Inupiat culture. The Inupiat define well-being by sharing Inupiat words and their meanings in relation to well-being. In their worldview, the way one thinks and acts can have an effect on well-being and on the environment. A reciprocal relationship is formed through proper thinking and conduct, especially in the act of sharing. From the elders' perspective, good parenting and community support guides children to form a positive view of the self and their relationship to the community. The elders share this rich information to help counselors implement some of the old age strategies that helped create healthy families and lifestyles. The Inupiat share positive activities that have helped them build well-being and activities that distract from it through the use of traditional stories and experiences. As the Inupiat share stories about traditional healing practices and attributes of the healer, they reveal strategies and personal attributes that can help outside counselors understand those things that are important to them. Counselors and academics interested in the Inupiat or in general strategies for working with Native American peoples will find this book useful.
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Book details

List price: $86.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 5/30/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Historical Background
Inupiat Descriptions and Words for Personal Well-Being
The Effect of Thinking and Proper Conduct on One's Personal Well-Being
Taking Responsibility for One's Well-Being
Sociological Factors Effecting Well-Being
Who Are the Healers from the Village?
What Every Counselor Should Know
Strategies to Help the Inpuiat People
Beliefs About the Environment
The Importance of Sharing
Beliefs About the Whale
The Inupiat Ilitqusiat Value System
Demographic Information
Map of Alaska