The thoroughly updated third edition of Strong Helpers’ Teachings skillfully illustrates the importance of Indigenous knowledges in the human services. Making space for the voices of many Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, practitioners, and service users, Cyndy Baskin’s text models possible pathways toward relationship building and allyship.
With practical examples and case studies, Baskin places Indigenous perspectives at the centre of the social work disciplines and covers topics such as spirituality, research, justice, and healing. Robust updates include new chapters on decolonization and reconciliation, as well as expanded content on holistic healing implementation, skill building, land-based practice, and child welfare.
With concise theoretical content, illustrative practical applications, rich pedagogical features, and a focus on centering Indigenous worldviews, knowledge, and helping practices, this text is foundational for educators, practitioners, and students of human services, social work, child and youth care, and more.
centres Indigenous knowledge for social work practice
supplements practical applications with case studies, encouraging critical reflection and discussion
each chapter includes an introduction and conclusion to outline objectives and summarize the chapter’s content
Chapter Two: The Self Is Always First in the Circle
Chapter Three: When Bad Things Happen to Those Who Do the Helping
Chapter Four: Current Theories and Models of Social Work as Seen through an Indigenous Lens
Chapter Five: Centring All Helping Approaches
Chapter Six: From an Ethical Place
Chapter Seven: Holistic or Wholistic Approach
Chapter Eight: The Answers Are in the Community
Chapter Nine: Spirituality: The Core of Indigenous Worldviews
Chapter Ten: Mental Health as Connected to the Whole
Chapter Eleven: Healing Justice
Chapter Twelve: Coming In: Two-Spirit Identity
Chapter Thirteen: Caring for Families, Caring for Children
Chapter Fourteen: The Power of Pedagogy
Chapter Fifteen: Taking Back Research
Chapter Sixteen: We Are All Related
Chapter Seventeen: So You Wanna Be an… Ally? Accomplice? Co-Conspirator?
Chapter Eighteen: Self-Determination and Reconciliation: The Next Seven Generations
Chapter Nineteen: The End of the World as We Know It
Cyndy Baskin is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Toronto Metropolitan University.
“In this timely and pertinent text that responds to the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Cyndy Baskin offers scholars, students, and practitioners the importance of Indigenous approaches, knowledge, and epistemology in the area of helping. This text provides a comprehensive and affirmative overview in how we as current and potential professionals can respectfully incorporate an Indigenous lens in the field of social work. For Indigenous students and practitioners, this text re-affirms the knowledge, values, and resilience of our lived experiences within our families and communities. Nya:weh (gratitude) for this valuable publication!”
—Bonnie M. Freeman, PhD, Algonquin/Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, School of Social Work, McMaster University
“The spirit of Indigenous regeneration in the human services fields is within the pages of this valuable new edition. Baskin speaks to diverse Indigenous and Settler peoples with critical perspectives on decolonizing and respecting Indigenous knowledge across the helping professions.”
—Kirsten Mikkelsen, Indigenous Studies, Department of Arts and Education, Northwestern Polytechnic
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