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The Qasgiq Model As an Indigenous Intervention:

Using the Cultural Logic of Context to Build Protective Factors for Alaska Native Suicide and Alcohol Misuse Prevention

About the Course:

This Intervention model is based on the fundamental role that culture and Indigenous knowledge plays in community intervention in American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities. The intervention starts by first defining community or complex interventions and then critically examining ways culture is translated into health interventions addressing AIAN disparities in existing programs and research initiatives. By describing an Indigenous intervention based in the cultural logic of its contexts, as developed by Alaska Native communities, the Yup’ik co-authors and knowledge keepers provide critical and theoretical perspectives and understandings to the overall narrative, constructing from their Indigenous knowledge system, an argument that culture is, in itself, prevention.

This course is based on the reading-based online, The Qasgiq Model As an Indigenous Intervention: created by Stacy M. Rasmus, PhD, et al. in 2019.

Publication Date:

Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2019 January ; 25(1): 44–54. January, 2019

Course Material Authors

Stacy M. Rasmus, PhD

Dr. Rasmus is the director of the Center for Alaska Native Health Research, and a research associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Rasmus’ research focuses on understanding the intersections between culture, health, and well-being, and the role of resilience and protective factors in reducing health disparities among American Indian/Alaska Native peoples. Her expertise is in social and behavioral sciences and she has a broad background in medical anthropology and psychology with specific expertise in the translation of cultural knowledge and practice into health interventions. She utilizes tribal participatory and collaborative approaches to engage AI/AN communities in quantitative, quasi-experimental, and mixed-method research designs while remaining responsive and respectful to cultural and social norms and practices. She has had multiple articles published in peer reviewed journals.

Edison Tricket, PhD

Dr. Tricket is a Visiting Professor and Dean’s Scholar at University of Miami. His research interests include studying the acculturation and adaption of refugee and immigrant adolescents. He has had over 100 articles published in peer reviewed journals.

Billy Charles

Billy Charles is an Emmonak member and a field researcher for the Center for Alaska Native Health Research. He works to prevent health problems, such as drug abuse and suicide, in native communities.

Course Creator

David M. Lutkemeier

David Lutkemeier holds a BA degree in psychology, a master’s degree in developmental psychology, and a doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati in Special Education and Psychology. He is certified as a psychologist by the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners, as well as holding public school superintendent certification in Arizona and California. Dr. Lutkemeier has worked as an assistant professor at Arizona State University, a school psychologist, special education director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent in both Arizona and California. David, working as a consultant with a national curriculum management group (CMSi) has completed over two dozen comprehensive district-wide curriculum audits in 15 states over the past 20 years and has worked as a test developer for CE Learning Systems for the past ten years.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the role culture and Indigenous knowledge (IK) occupy within community intervention in American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities.

  2. Discuss the concept of culture, with a particular emphasis on the foundational role of Indigenous knowledge (IK) within community intervention in AIAN communities.

  3. Examine ways culture is translated into health interventions addressing AIAN disparities through a review of existing programs and research initiatives.

  4. Describe an Indigenous intervention based in the cultural logic of its contexts, as developed by one group of Alaska Native communities

Course Material

References begin on page 15.

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Course Number 103155
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