Healing Our Protectors


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Event Description

Healing Our Protectors: Building Resilience Among Tribal Law Enforcement Officers Through Cultural Interventions is a resource intended to assist behavioral health providers in gaining a greater understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among law enforcement officer, especially those working in and with tribal communities. It provides suggestions for a culturally responsive approach to treatment using the medicine wheel and offers concrete exercises. It is also a tool for law enforcement supervisors and administrators who wish to gain a greater understanding of the unique needs of Indigenous law enforcement officers who are dealing with a host of job-related challenges and stressors.  


LaVonne Fox, PhD, OTR/L

LaVonne Fox, PhD, OTR/L- She currently is employed at the Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt, ND and recently accepted the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs. LaVonne was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa reservation. She has considerable experience researching Indigenous Youth programs for positive mental health and wellness connected to identity. She is currently developing a Master in Education Program that focuses on decolonization/deconstructing the educational system and embedding indigenous values and beliefs. was an associate professor at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, in the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine and Health Sciences for 26 years until December 31, 2019.  

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