I Am Not My Diagnosis


Event Description

In this presentation, we will explore the dual nature of diagnoses as both helpful tools in healthcare and limiting labels that can impact self-perception and societal perception. We will examine the limitations of defining oneself or someone solely by a diagnosis and emphasize the importance of embracing a multifaceted identity. By recognizing the complexity and diversity of individuals' experiences, strengths, and aspirations, the goal is to empower individuals to advocate for themselves and others in matters related to mental health and well-being. Ultimately, we want to promote a broader understanding of identity that goes beyond labels and diagnoses, fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.


LaVonne Fox Peltier

Dr. LaVonne Fox Peltier serves as a Research Assistant Professor within the Bureau of Evaluation & Research Service, situated in the Department of Education, Health, and Behavioral Studies at the University of North Dakota. A member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa reservation, she remains deeply connected to her roots. Drawing from her extensive background, she has dedicated her expertise to working with children, youth, and young adults facing mental health challenges both in rural and urban areas as well as within mental health facilities.

Dr. Fox Peltier is particularly passionate about developing culturally rooted interventions inspired by Indigenous practices to address mental health issues. In her work, she emphasizes the importance of adopting strength-based approaches, advocating for alternatives to the commonly employed deficit-based practices. She is committed to bridging cultural understanding and mental health care for Indigenous peoples.

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