Academic Programming




As a part of the Center’s mission to provide workforce development, a variety of face-to-face trainings for those in the behavioral health, substance abuse, and other helping professions are available. Please contact the main office at 319-335-5564 or email [email protected] if you are interested in providing one of the following trainings in your area.


Tribal College Initiatives

Professor Dennis Norman, EdD ABPP, Southern Cheyenne Nation, is a liaison to tribal colleges and an Advisory Council member for the National AI & AN ATTC.


Native American Curriculum:

This training program promotes a greater awareness of Native American culture for behavioral health providers, resulting in an enhanced treatment experience for the Native American client. This curriculum was developed for Sioux tribal communities and has been adapted for the tribal communities in Minnesota. Currently, the Center is working with tribal leaders in Montana and Wyoming, and plan to work with additional Tribal communities to adapt the curriculum to their needs.


The Spirit of Communication: Motivational Interviewing and American Indian Teachings

This training is designed to introduce the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI), develop introductory techniques in manifesting the MI spirit and talk about the relationship between MI and Native American traditions. This hands-on interactive training invites participants to learn, practice and share thoughts about how MI would be effective within Native communities.


DSM-5 Training:

This training provides thorough information and discussion of the DSM-5 signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug use disorders, the most common co-occuring disorders, and the other alcohol- and drug-related disorders included in DSM-5, including delirium tremens and Korsakoff’s Disorder.



This training is an overview of commonly used ethical principles and codes of conduct for behavioral health and substance abuse professionals, and applies cultural competency for those working with Native American and Alaska Native populations. The training also covers rules of practice when faced with an ethical crisis within clinical practice, and standards in substance abuse counseling.

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