Month: May 2017

  • Call for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: Indigenous Mental Health

    Under Contract with Springer Publishing, Dr. David Danto and Dr. Masood Zangeneh are looking for chapter authors for the edited volume:

    Indigenous Mental Health: A Global Perspective

    Indigenous populations span the world and number in the hundreds of millions. Thousands of diverse and distinct Indigenous cultural groups are spread across every continent and country. Indigenous peoples exhibit diversity in lifestyle, culture, socio-political organization, and history; however, these groups have shared rapid culture change, marginalization, and absorption into a colonial economy with little regard for their autonomy. This cultural discontinuity has been linked to high rates of depression, substance abuse, suicide, and violence in many communities, with the most dramatic impact on youth.

    This book will bring together the perspectives of researchers around the world whose interest focuses on Indigenous mental health. Through a strength and resilience oriented approach, chapters will explore the challenges, cultural values and traditions that inform how these communities facilitate mental health among their members.

    Contributing authors will submit a chapter relating to an Indigenous group’s unique narrative. Each chapter will consist of up to 7000 words. The estimated total word count for this book is 180,000 words. The anticipated publication date is September 2018.

    Interested contributing authors please submit a 150-word abstract of your proposed chapter and a copy of your curriculum vitae to Dr. David Danto at no later than August 18th, 2017.

  • Northern Ontario Cree Community

    David Danto has created a field study in psychology at the University of Guelph-Humber designed to provide senior undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn about First Nations’ mental health related issues. Students are able to gain experience in the field of applied psychology by contributing to the work of Mental Health Professionals employed in rural locations within Ontario. Through the field study, David Danto hopes that students will develop a greater understanding of the historical development of the Aboriginal cultures that reside in northern Ontario. Further, students will be able to articulate the mental health related challenges faced by First Nations’ people residing in northern Ontario, along with being able to distinguish and describe the relationship between traditional and conventional
    approaches to mental health challenges.