Jodi Rave: Conference addresses violence
"Tribal community members and health service providers are invited to discuss the trauma associated with physical, spiritual and emotional violence in Native homes.

“We want to acknowledge the hurt and suffering that has occurred, but we want people to see the resiliency they have, too,” said Iris Pretty Paint, co-director of the University of Montana's Office of Research and Development. “It's fine to teach people who are working with our people about the trauma, because it's real. But we also don't want to miss the opportunity to inform workers that they can't just open up the pain of our people and leave them raw.

“They need to have ways to tap into the strengths and tap into the healing of families and individuals when they get into these real serious issues of violence,” she said.

Pretty Paint and Gyda Swaney, a UM assistant professor of psychology, will address violence and resiliency during a keynote speech Friday, Nov. 2, as part of a two-day conference titled, “Breaking the Cycle of Violence - Restoring the Circle of Care,” at Walla Walla College in East Missoula.

The conference, which ends Saturday, Nov. 3, is being organized by the Missoula Healthy Indian Families Consortium in response to a consortium report that explored Native homes affected by family violence and what prevents them from getting help. Leon Stewart, a conference coordinator, said the organizers aim to unite service providers with Native people. The end goal is to get the groups to work together to develop a plan of action to bring wellness into family homes."

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Jodi Rave: Native violence topic of conference (The Missoulian 10/25)

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