Indigenous Wellness Research Institute: Narratives on Social Work Education and Mentorship for Indigenous Health & Wellness
Keywords:Native Americans, social work education, elders
This manuscript introduces the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI), a research and training institute at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Through the narratives of former and current students, mentees and staff, this manuscript documents the impact of three founding faculty members and reveals how their specialized knowledge of Indigenous health and wellness, awareness of unique barriers and decolonizing strategies for success and vocational calling, have created an organization that works for Indigenous health and wellness. IWRI is an organization that is larger than the sum of its parts; it plays a unique role in social work scholarship and education and we anticipate it will continue to do so for generations to come.
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NARRATIVES OF PROFESSIONAL HELPING
Cleveland State University
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