Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Women’s Press,Canadian Scholars
Approx. 450 pages
6 x 9 inches
September 2022
Print ISBN: 9781773383309
Forthcoming | Fall 2022


The thoroughly updated third edition of Strong Helpers’ Teachings skillfully illustrates the importance of Indigenous knowledges in the human services. Making space for the voices of many Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, practitioners, and service users, Cyndy Baskin’s text models possible pathways toward relationship building and allyship.

With practical examples and case studies, Baskin places Indigenous perspectives at the centre of the social work disciplines and covers topics such as spirituality, research, justice, and healing. Robust updates include new chapters on decolonization and reconciliation, as well as expanded content on holistic healing implementation, skill building, land-based practice, and child welfare.

With concise theoretical content, illustrative practical applications, rich pedagogical features, and a focus on centering Indigenous worldviews, knowledge, and helping practices, this text is foundational for educators, practitioners, and students of human services, social work, child and youth care, and more.

Table of Contents

Author Biography


Chapter One: Starting at the Beginning

Chapter Two: The Self Is Always First in the Circle

Chapter Three: When Bad Things Happen to Those Who Do the Helping

Chapter Four: Current Theories and Models of Social Work as Seen through an Indigenous Lens

Chapter Five: Centring All Helping Approaches

Chapter Six: From an Ethical Place

Chapter Seven: Holistic or Wholistic Approach

Chapter Eight: The Answers Are in the Community

Chapter Nine: Spirituality: The Core of Indigenous Worldviews

Chapter Ten: Mental Health as Connected to the Whole

Chapter Eleven: Healing Justice

Chapter Twelve: Coming In: Two-Spirit Identity

Chapter Thirteen: Caring for Families, Caring for Children

Chapter Fourteen: The Power of Pedagogy

Chapter Fifteen: Taking Back Research

Chapter Sixteen: We Are All Related

Chapter Seventeen: So You Wanna Be an… Ally? Accomplice? Co-Conspirator?

Chapter Eighteen: Self-Determination and Reconciliation: The Next Seven Generations

Chapter Nineteen: The End of the World as We Know It



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