Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2016 strong helpers 2e cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
432 pages
6 x 9 inches
August 2016
Print ISBN: 9781551309422
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Timely and accessible, Strong Helpers’ Teachings skillfully illustrates the importance of Indigenous knowledges for students, practitioners, and scholars in the human services. Making space for the voices of many Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, practitioners, and service users, Cyndy Baskin’s text models possible pathways towards relationship building and allyship. Placing Indigenous concerns and perspectives at the centre of social work disciplines, and through the use of examples and case studies, Baskin covers topics such as spirituality, research, justice, and healing.

This thoroughly updated edition includes new chapters on self-care for helpers, holistic approaches to mental health, and two-spirit experiences and is a valuable resource for those interested in sharing, listening, and teaching Indigenous worldviews and helping practices.

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Table of Contents

Author Biography


Chapter 1: Starting at the Beginning

Chapter 2: The Self is Always First in the Circle

Chapter 3: When Bad Things Happen to Those Who do the Helping

Chapter 4: Current Theories and Models of Social Work as Seen Through an Indigenous Lens

Chapter 5: Centring All Helping Approaches

Chapter 6: From an Ethical Place

Chapter 7: Holistic or Wholistic Approach

Chapter 8: The Answers Are in the Community

Chapter 9: Spirituality: The Core of Indigenous Worldviews

Chapter 10: Mental Health as Connected to the Whole

Chapter 11: Healing Justice

Chapter 12: Proud Two-Spirit Princess Boy

Chapter 13: Caring for Families, Caring for Children

Chapter 14: The Power of Pedagogy

Chapter 15: Taking Back Research

Chapter 16: We Are All Related

Chapter 17: So You Wanna Be an Ally?

Chapter 18: The End of the World as We Know It

Cyndy Baskin

Cyndy Baskin is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University. Of Mi’kmaq and Celtic Nations, she is of the Fish Clan and also known as The Woman Who Passes on the Teachings.

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“In this timely and pertinent text that responds to the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Cyndy Baskin offers scholars, students, and practitioners the importance of Indigenous approaches, knowledge, and epistemology in the area of helping. This text provides a comprehensive and affirmative overview in how we as current and potential professionals can respectfully incorporate an Indigenous lens in the field of social work. For Indigenous students and practitioners, this text re-affirms the knowledge, values, and resilience of our lived experiences within our families and communities. Nya:weh (gratitude) for this valuable publication!”
—  Bonnie M. Freeman, PhD, Algonquin/Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, School of Social Work, McMaster University

“The spirit of Indigenous regeneration in the human services fields is within the pages of this valuable new edition. Baskin speaks to diverse Indigenous and Settler peoples with critical perspectives on decolonizing and respecting Indigenous knowledge across the helping professions.”
—  Kirsten Mikkelsen, Indigenous Studies, Department of Arts and Education, Grande Prairie Regional College

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