Article About FNHA’s Healing Complex Trauma 1 Program Wins International Award – FNHA

Jan 29, 2020

Over 100 people have taken the FNHA’s Healing Complex Trauma 1 programs in BC and now the unique curriculum of the three-week intensive Healing Complex Training 1 (HCT1) course is gaining worldwide attention.

The FNHA’s Dr. Patricia Vickers, Director, Mental Wellness Clinical Services and Ryan Moyer, Program Consultant, Mental Health, won the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Inaugural Maggie Hodgson award for an article they wrote about the training program.

The article, “Complex Trauma 1: A Unity of Minds, Hearts and Culture Healing”, will be published in The Journal of Indigenous Wellness. It reports on the dynamic work they have been doing around healing for Indigenous peoples. Dr. Vickers presented on HCT1 at the 2019 Healing Our Spirit Worldwide conference in Sydney, Australia with co-facilitators for the program, Dave Belleau and Freddie Johnson, before receiving the award. The article won because of the applicability of its content across Indigenous populations as well as its academic rigour.

HCT1 weaves together lectures and dialogue on the neurobiology of trauma with a somatic therapeutic approach, and is based on the values of Indigenous culture. This approach offers a holistic way of learning about trauma and addiction—through personal experience and science. This also provides a unique path to healing and reducing stigma around mental health and ​wellness.

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