Internalized Oppression And Implications Of Client Characteristics

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Internalized oppression and Implications of Client Characteristics Due to various socio-cultural factors that impede First Nations/Native Americans’ usage of mental health programs and services, their particular needs and characteristics will influence the way assessments, goal setting, and interventions will be utilized when working with a First Nations client. For example, Grayshield, et al., (2015), discuss the historical trauma that Native Americans/First Nations populations have experienced here in the United States. This includes prohibiting Native Americans/First Nation individuals from speaking their language and practicing their spiritual and cultural traditions. Historical trauma also includes the impact of Native Americans/First Nations children being sent to boarding schools and away from their families and cultural traditions. By forcing Native Americans/First Nations communities to assimilate, this caused trauma their mental health and that can also be seen in present time. Historical trauma has had an impact on the mental health of members of Native Americans/First Nations communities. There is a prevalence of suicide, substance abuse, and depression, and the internalization of oppressive beliefs about their own community (Grayshield, et al., 2013). As a result, there is a mistrust of the majority culture (Sue and Sue, 2013). In turn, a Native Americans/First Nations client may unwillingly choose to open up about personal problems to a counselor in the

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