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Healing Seasons: Preventing HIV Among Native Americans Through the Treatment of PTSD & Substance Use

  • December 07, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom Video Conference
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In communities where there are disproportionate risks for trauma exposure and substance misuse, mental health services are generally overlooked and under-resourced. Issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorder (SUD), HIV/STI risks are often treated separately rather than combined. Among individuals with co-occurring disorder what is treated first - the trauma symptoms or substance misuse? Built on an 8-year community based participatory partnership, in full collaboration with a Pacific Northwest Tribal Nation, Healing Seasons: Pathways to Our Heart, Mind, Body & Spirit is an extension of the previous project, Sacred Journeys.

Taking a holistic approach, Healing Seasons compares two interventions to 1) reduce substance use, to prevent further substance use disorder development while reducing PTSD symptoms and HIV/STI risks and 2) treatment of PTSD to decrease substance misuse and prevent HIV/STI behaviors.  During her presentation, Dr. Pearson will share adaptions findings and implementation of two evidence-based interventions, Motivational Interviewing Therapy with Skills Training (MIST), a goal setting and skill-based talk therapy and Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), a story based exposure therapy with participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will identify important cultural elements in therapeutic treatment design for Native Americans.
  • Attendees will gain insight to cultural consideration in treatment delivery of MIST and NET with indigenous participants.


Dr. Cynthia R. Pearson is the director of research at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI, P60MD006909), and provides oversight for IWRI research activities including development of institute and tribal partnership policies, quantitative and qualitative methods, data-related activates (collection, analyses, storage), as well as human subject protocols. Since 2006, Dr. Pearson has collaborated with American Indian (AI) communities in designing and implementing community based prevention interventions and in the development of tribally approved research policies (data use agreement, research and publication guidelines). 

Dr. Cynthia R. Pearson’s research focus is on the historical and cultural determinants of physical and mental health, HIV/AIDS, and substance use disorders. Dr. Pearson also produced rETHICS, a research with American Indian and Alaska Native community human subjects’ curriculum that satisfies IRB training requirements (R01HD082181). She has over 55 peer-review publications and been the PI or Co-I on over 41 NIH funded grants. In all these community-based projects, Dr. Pearson has worked closely with communities designing and adapting culturally driven interventions and supporting tribal communities in disseminating information in peer-review publications and community venues.

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    Tuesday, December 7, 2021

    Program: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, pst

    12:00 pm-12:30pm presentation and 12:30pm - 1:00pm Q&A

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