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Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma Training

The Sacred Hoop Coalition is happy to announce that we will be taking applications for our second round of AFOT training (Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma Certificate). This one year, 21-day, 7 course program is a commitment open to advocates, social workers, counselors, therapists and other practitioners working within Minnesota Native American communities both on and off the reservations. This training is for individuals who are interested in developing treatment techniques and strategies essential to the healing of traumatic life situations. AFOT is a body-based, experiential focused practice that is particularly helpful to those who work with addictions, and survivors of sexual, physical and emotional abuse of all ages.

AFOT and Complex Trauma was developed by Shirley Turcotte over the last 25 years in Canada by integrating an Aboriginal based, anti-oppressive, and culturally diverse understanding. This approach and practice of trauma is inclusive of cultural, ethnic and spiritual awareness. It connects assumptions that we are all the same regardless of our cultural ancestry and experiences. It connects with the unique diversity of histories and experiences of human beings as well as the awareness of the aftermath of oppression and colonization as a source of PTSD.

For those interested in applying, know that there is a quick turn-around due to grant funding – the first class will begin on November 17-19, 2016. Classes will run Thursday through Saturday each session. All participants will be required to complete the seven courses to get the be certified and receive their certificate. There are no make-up days, so it is essential that you make each session. With only 20 spots available, you must commit to this time-frame.

Location: Trepanier Hall (Gimaajii Building), 202 West 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55802

Time: 3 full 8 hour days

Scholarship: None. Due to funding, we are not able to provide scholarships.

Deadline for applications: October 28th, 2016

For more information and details, see:

AFOT Duluth and the AFOT Application Letter.

Questions? Contact Patti Larsen or Alyxis Feltus or call 218-623-HOOP.

The Sacred Hoop Coalition is supported by Grant No. 2016-IW-AX-0014 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Dept of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.


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