Strengthening Resilience Among Indigenous Youth Training

Strengthening Resilience: Promoting Positive School Mental Health Among Indigenous Youth

January 13, 2021

This free training, hosted by LaVonne Fox, PhD, OTR/L, Sarah Nielsen, PhD, OTR/L, and Thomasine Heitkamp, LCSW, provided participants with context and information related to the new publication developed by the Mountain Plains MHTTC entitled: Strengthening Resilience: Promoting Positive School Mental Health Among Indigenous Youth. This training provided participants with a chance to learn more about how to adapt the recommendations of this toolkit in their schools.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to use resilience and culturally responsive practices to support the unmet needs of Indigenous youth. 
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how trauma impacts Indigenous youth, including historical trauma. 
  • Advance participants' understanding of the cultural context of Indigenous youth and how this relates to a school setting. 
  • Learn strategies for incorporating traditional practices such as the Seven Teachings and Circle of Courage into a K-12 setting. 



  • LaVonne Fox, PhD, OTR/L
  • Sarah Nielsen, PhD, OTR/L
  • Thomasine Heitkamp, LCSW
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