The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is offering Training Institutes on improving mental health services for children, adolescents, and young adults with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families. The biennial Training Institutes are organized in partnership with the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the federal Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The Institutes are designed for a variety of individuals including state, tribal, territorial, and local administrators, planners, providers, clinicians, care managers, families, youth, advocates, managed care organizations, educators, evaluators, technical assistance providers, and others concerned with improving services for children, youth, and families.
For NARA Nak Nu Wit's mental health program, the key tool to healing and Mental Health intervention is our Native COMMUNITY. This is dedicated to our beautiful children, their beautiful spirits and our beautiful Community.
Nak Nu Wit is from the Sahaptin language phrase that describes the philosophy and mission of our program. It means, “Everything / ALL things are being taken care of for the people. The people are the project, our responsibility, our work. Healing… Health… Balance…Traditions & Culture are the life blood of our program. Nak Nu Wit is designed to be an ongoing CULTURAL HEALING. Our beliefs and traditions provide a rich cultural experience.
Community is the Healer:
Our Ancestors suffered so our CHILDREN could LIVE.
Our model is a CONTIUAL TRIBUTE TO OUR ANCESTORS.
We are HONORING our Ancestors with our work and our Ancestors are HEALING our children through this work.
Special Thanks to: The NARA, NW Cultural Keepers: Philip Archambault, Hunkpapa Lakota; Leroy BigBoy, ; Rose Hill, Oneida; Kelli Cunningham, Hunkpapa Lakota; Jubel Perkins, Kickapoo; PIES G Elders, the NARA, NW Nak Nu Wit Advisory Committee; The Native Wellness Institute; Nak Nu Wit Kwanesum Strong Youth Leadership; Ed Edmo, Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce, Yakama; Four Directions; Emcee One, AKA, Marcus Guin, Osage, Pottawatomie, Delaware and Puerto Rican; Michael, Mechoopta Maidu; Pearl, Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux; all NARA Staff and Community; Faith Love; Painted Sky Dance Troupe; Four Directions; SAMHSA; the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board; Portland State University and Concordia University
Event photographers: Toma Villa, Yakama Nation; Sean Hilken
Event Videographers: Neil Hilken; Toma Villa, Yakama Nation
Editor / Motion Graphics Animation: Neil Hilken