Ethical Practice in Native Communities: A Native Provider Perspective

11:00am - May 6, 2022 thru 12:00pm - May 6, 2022 | Timezone: US/Central
South Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: May 6, 2022
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The South Southwest MHTTC and the National American Indian and Alaskan Native MHTTC are pleased to host this event.  This presentation will provide an examination of factors to consider when providing treatment to American Indian clients and communities utilizing examples and vignettes based upon the experiences of a Native psychologist. An overview of the Society of Indian Psychologist commentary on the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists will also be utilized to assist clinicians with self-assessment and considerations when initiating services with an individual client or in a Native community.

Learning Objectives:

1. Utilize aspects of the Society of Indian Psychologist commentary on APA ethical principles to assess clinician and client needs.

2. Use presented examples to help attendees prepare to initiate and engage in ethical clinical work with American Indian clients.


Dr. William Shunkamolah is a member of the Osage, Dine, Kiowa, and Tohono O’odham tribes. He spent most of his youth in New Mexico, but has lived and worked in various Native and Non-Native communities in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Montana. Dr. Shunkamolah received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. He completed his internship at the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK, and completed his postdoctoral residency at the San Carlos Apache Tribal Wellness Center in San Carlos AZ. Dr. Shunkamolah is currently providing psychotherapy to Native clients in an urban setting, and has worked as a staff psychologist as well as the clinical chief of a behavioral department in rural Native communities.