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An American Indian/Alaska Native Perspective on Mental Health, Disability, and a Greater Understanding of Native Culture

October 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Webinar Description

To provide an understanding of American Indian and Alaska Natives’ mental health, disability, and their cultural content for better services and increased knowledge. By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand how American Indian and Alaska Native people view mental health, disabilities, and Native culture
  • Understand how traditional American Indian and Alaska Native society’s understanding of mental health, disabilities, and culture contrasts with western society.
  • Understand how mental health, disabilities and Native culture fit within the circle of life of the American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.
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Dr. Chuck Foster was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona. He currently serves as the American Indian Education Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He has spent over 45 years in education as a teacher and administrator. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS degree in Health/Special Education. His Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Doctorate Degree (PhD.) were received from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His doctoral dissertation entitled “The Learning Style Differences of Navajo and Caucasian Students on and near the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona and New Mexico” which is used as a foundational study among many American Indian Educators. His study is evident among Tribal Nations, American Indian Educators, teachers and schools. Dr. Foster was instrumental in designing curriculum standards, he restructured a middle school to address the education needs for American Indian students, he provided professional development for teachers, counselors, parents, and Tribes. He served on many state and school district committees that influenced the American Indian community. He was also a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award and is a member of National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and the National Congress of American Indians NCAI). Dr. Foster and his wife Marie, of 46 years, have raised 4 children and have 4 grandchildren. His father also served in the Marines as a Navajo Code Talker where he received much of his inspiration to become and educator.

Erica Ficklin is a doctoral student in the Combined Clinical and Counseling Psychology program at Utah State University. She is a member of the Tlingit and Oglala Lakota tribes. Erica’s research focuses on disabilities in Indigenous communities, particularly cultural understandings of disabilities.

Julius Chavez is a self-advocate.

Flyers to share: accessible PDF and image.

CART and ASL interpreters will be provided!


October 28, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Event Category:


Online only
UT United States


Mindy Dokos
(208) 252-1317