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Emma Elliot-Groves

SMART Center 2021 Virtual Speaker Series - Emma Elliott-Groves, Ph.D., MSW

8:30am - May 5, 2021 thru 9:45am - May 5, 2021 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Northwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: May 4, 2021
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The school mental health supplement to the Northwest MHTTC is excited to co-sponsor the UW SMART Center's 2021 Virtual Speaker Series. Originally a series of in-person events, we have moved these presentations to a virtual format due to COVID-19.


Join us on Wednesday, May 5th from 8:30 - 9:45am for a presentation by Emma Elliott-Groves, Ph.D., MSW who will present:

 "Indigenous Systems of Relationality: Designing for Transformative Agency in Indigenous Community Psychology"


In this session, Dr. Elliott-Groves will share several stories related to Indigenous trauma, healing, and relational restoration. By offering Indigenous understandings of relationality coupled with theories of social change, this talk uncovers strategies that can shift mainstream approaches to Indigenous mental health. This talk calls for a paradigm shift from the prevention model to a transformative model of understanding overall wellbeing. By shedding light on the interdependence of life, as understood through Indigenous systems of relationality, researchers and practitioners can cultivate spaces for healthy, equitable, democratic, diverse, beautiful, fun, and restorative healing practices for all living beings.


  • Participants will learn about Indigenous conceptions of well being, and consider how epistemic heterogeneity can inform collective health and wellness.
  • Participants will learn about theories of social change, and consider how participatory design research can cultivate different states of being, thereby opening up different possible futures.


Please note: This event will be limited to 500 attendees. Access to the live event will be available to registered participants on a first come, first serve basis. To secure a spot, we invite you to log on 5 - 10 minutes prior to the event.

About the Presenter:

Emma Elliott-Groves, Ph.D., MSW Dr. Elliott-Groves is an assistant professor in the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development in the College of Education at the University of Washington. She holds both a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and a Master of Social Work in Children, Youth and Families. A large part of her research centers on understanding the meanings and explanations of suicidal behavior from the perspective of Indigenous peoples’. By employing a strengths-based approach to recovery, Dr. Elliott-Groves rigorously engages youth, families, and communities in the development of integrated behavioral health interventions to address complex social issues. Her research centers on ethical frameworks generated by Indigenous and place-based knowledge and practices to create process-centered approaches that illuminate Indigenous pathways toward collective livelihood.

Learn more and register for other events in the series here.

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