Healthy and Whole, offered by the Suquamish Tribe Wellness Center, is a 33-week education, process, and skills group based on Native American traditional concepts that changes can be made in one’s life to benefit the future with good results. Healthy and Whole encourages participants to consider that the health of their community depends on the mental health and well-being of its individual members and families. Despite the influence of historical trauma on generational mental health and substance use disorders, participants learn to see their strengths as protective factors, and become excited by their potential to change ineffective patterns and contribute to the healthiness of future generations.
The goals of Healthy and Whole are to decrease risks and increase protective factors as a means toward strengths-based prevention. Specifically, its goals are to prevent substance abuse, reduce substance use, promote optimum health, and prevent or reduce involvement in the court system by increasing: emotional regulation, mindfulness and communication skills; participation in cultural and community activities; and awareness of optimum conditions for child development.
With funding from SAMHSA’s Service to Science Subcontract to Build Evaluation Capacity of Evidence-based Interventions, the Suquamish Tribe is proposing the following evaluation enhancements to strengthen the quality of Healthy and Whole services and, ultimately, to demonstrate program effectiveness in meeting its goals: refine and revise existing pretest and posttest instruments so that they include more culturally appropriate measures of familiarity, facility, and efficacy in using learned skills in emotionally-charged situations; develop and pilot an in-depth qualitative interview to capture rich narratives related to the impact of the program in preventing substance abuse, the formation of healthy relationships, and the promotion of healthy living; observe the implementation of Healthy and Whole to document the context of the group process and individual change; and collect digital participant stories—two- to three-minute videos—of struggle and success to become healthy and whole.
Senior Mental Health Counselor
The Suquamish Tribe
18490 Suquamish Way
Suquamish, WA 98392
Phone: (360) 3948552