ACT 5: Culture and Traditional Values

Hours: 45 hours

Credits: 3 credits

 Course Prerequisite: Community Addictions Training Certificate.

 Professional Certification

Graduates of this course may be eligible for certification through the Canadian Council of Professional Certification (CCPC) in cooperation with the Canadian Counsellors and Therapists.

Course Description

This course is intended to provide students with an opportunity to examine their own values and beliefs about traditional culture and spirituality. Students will have opportunities to participate in traditional spiritual ceremonies and to be able to ―openly‖ express their own views in a safe environment.

Purpose of Course

This course is intended to do the following:

  • To provide students with an opportunity to explore how culture and traditional values impact their personal belief system.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to examine differing views of culture.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to explore the impact of other cultures on their own lives.

Course Objectives

The list of course objectives may be thought of as a road map of the learning journey ahead. They indicate what the students can expect to learn during the course.

When the students have completed this course, they will be able to:

  1. Identify their own values and relate them to:
  • their job
  • their family
  • their community
  • their personal life (relationship with self).
  1. Define the terms, culture and tradition.
  2. Explore the importance of cultural differences as they relate to their own lives.
  3. Identify negative and emerging issues in their lives and link them to a positive solution.
  4. Explore what a traditional sweat is.
  5. Explore and define the concept of gifts and identify their own and others.
  6. Explore the concept of healing and healers.
  7. Explore a method of spiritual inquiry as a tool of healing for themselves and others.

Instructional Methods

  • Lecture
  • Large and small group work and discussion
  • Skill building through small group and individual exercises and role plays
  • Individual and small group homework assignments and readings
  • Personal reflection and self-examination
  • Personal journaling
  • Support groups

Course Evaluation

Attendance 10 %

Participation 70 %

Journaling 5 %

Support Group 15 %

There is no written exam in this course, however 70 % of the final grade will be based on active participation, 10 % will be based on attendance, 5 % will be based on journaling, and 15 % will be based on required support groups. Rubrics for marking participation will be used in assessing your final grade.

Attendance and Participation (80%)

  • Attendance and punctuality in all aspects of training are mandatory including assigned evening support group meetings. Attendance and participation marks are forfeited as follows:
    • Absence for each half hour – 1 mark deducted from participation.
    • Absence from Cultural Resource Evening – 5 marks deducted from participation. The required hours for this course are 45 contact hours.

Support Group Guidelines (15%)

  • 5 points per group
  • 5 points will be deducted for time missed
  • Note: “Support Groups Are Not To Be Held During Lunch Hour”
  • Support groups are compulsory and are part of your required hours of training for the week.
  • You are to meet for one hour three times during the week for a total of three hours. Meetings times are after class preferably from 4:30-5:30 Monday-Thursday. As this is an important part of the learning process as well as skill building, the focus needs to be on the group members and not on other activities such as breakfast or lunch.
  • Each group is responsible for setting up their own group guidelines during their first session of each week based on their needs.
  • It is your responsibility to make time for support groups and any necessary arrangements made prior to scheduled support groups.
  • Each group will choose a team leader who will be responsible for keeping a record of attendance, which he/she will hand in to the trainer each Friday morning.
  • To gain the full benefits of support groups we suggest the following:
    • Utilize your communication skills i.e. attending, listening and if solicited practice feedback.
    • Keep in mind this is a support group and not a counselling session. If counselling is required, it is important to access professional resources outside of Nechi.
    • Use the time to debrief your day and be mindful of the time to allow all group members a chance to share.
    • Support groups to be held in a private area with respect for the person who is sharing and to ensure confidentiality.
    • What is shared in the support groups stays there and under no circumstances is it to be brought out; except in the case of disclosures of ―suicide, homicide and child abuse. In these circumstances please bring to the attention of your trainer as this will need to be reported to the proper authorities and provide referrals.

Learning Journal Guidelines (5%)

  • Journals handed in at the beginning of each day
    • 1 point per day
    • 1 point deducted each day a journal is not handed in.
  • Journal entries should be a half page to one page in length.
    • What was the experience during the day that was most significant? Please note the trainer may designate a topic.
    • Why it was significant?
    • What knowledge, skill and attitude have you gained through the experience or exercise?
    • What Actions you will take as a result?
    • What other thoughts, ideas, insights, feelings, new concepts and options might be explored?


Student Manual, Culture and Traditional Values