Indigenous Medicine

School of Professional Psychology and Health IHL 6512 1.00

This course will focus on understanding trans-cultural elements ("universals") of indigenous medicine and learning how to distinguish them from culture-specific elements. We will identify the model of health embodied in indigenous healing and compare and contrast it with agrarian/industrial/technological models. The values and worldview that underlie the indigenous model will be examined via anthropological studies, healers' personal narratives, and various media. The contemporary relevance of perennial healing practices will be discussed, and there will be opportunities to explore them experientially in individual and group format.

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