Circle of Healing: Traditional Storytelling, Part One

LouAnn Benson

Abstract

Introduction. The session began with three presenters—LouAnn Benson, Walter Porter, and Lisa Dolchok—all of whom are or have been affiliated with the Circle of Healing Program at Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska. The Southcentral Foundation is a Native Health Corporation that administers what used to be the Indian Health Service Hospital and Medical Center. In the Circle of Healing Program, the Southcentral Foundation has designed and implemented an approach to health care that allows its patients simultaneously to access Western medicine, traditional Native healing, and other alternative approaches to health care, such as acupuncture. An important figure in this effort is Dr. Robert Morgan, a psychologist who has worked with the program for several years, and who helped suggest presenters for this part of the program. Originally, Bob planned to be present in Quebec City, but family priorities meant a change in plans. Bob’s absence had a silver lining, however, because in his stead he sent LouAnn Benson, one of his able colleagues, who talked about the program from the perspective of an insider. WHA

  • LouAnn Benson. Formerly with Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska Currently a graduate student at Antioch University Seattle Address: 21303 60th Avenue West, Apt. 106, Edmonds, Washington 98026

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