BrainWise and Indigenous Populations

Posted On: June 25, 2024

In college, Matt Sena taught BrainWise at a youth center in Grand Junction, Colorado and wrote his Master Thesis on BrainWise and young fathers. Twenty-five years later, he is a BrainWise Master Instructor, member of the BrainWise Board of Directors, and cherished colleague.
Matt has taught BrainWise to thousands of youth and adults, written grants, helped evaluate outcomes, and trained educators and other professionals throughout the nation, including Alaska. He spent several years as a counselor with Chugachmiut, a tribal consortium that provides health and social services training to seven native communities on the Kenai Peninsula.

Matt introduced BrainWise soon after he arrived and helped organize a training for tribal leaders and educators in 2005. The program’s positive outcomes led Indian Health Services (IHS) to list BrainWise on their registry of effective programs for Alaska Natives and Native Americans in 2017. Matt trained additional educators with the Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) in 2015and 2019 See Issue 43 – More Kodiak Community

Longtime BrainWise Advocate Melanee Stevens taught BrainWise for 14 years to Chugachmiut youth and adults before taking a position as Education/Project Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation in Oakville, Washington in 2019. Melanee

Melanee’s work includes one-on-one counseling and groups with youth and adults. She says that even though she spends less time teaching adults, they appreciate and quickly learn to apply key Wise Ways to their problems.

Her expertise as a curriculum developer gives her insight into the different curricula available and she knows staff can be overwhelmed by the choices. She offers guidance and tells them that “adding BrainWise will help make their programs better without creating more work.” She shares outcome examples that show how the program’s tools have helped others address problems similar to those they face.

She happily shared her experiences teaching BrainWise to indigenous youth in the June BrainWise newsletter:  https://conta.cc/3XiT0CS 

 

Please follow and like us:

BrainWise is the Foundation for My Work

“Few professionals do what I do,” said Gary Brayton, PhD, a Clinical Social Worker in Alberta, Canada. Dr. Brayton specializes in treating children and youth who have engaged in sexually intrusive behaviors. He has been teaching BrainWise since he was introduced to the program at a conference 12years ago. “It is the foundation for my […]

Read More »

Helpers Reinforce BrainWise Learning

BrainWise instructors are passionate about obtaining successful outcomes and engage others to ensure children practice their newly learned skills. A key strategy involves collaborating with helpers – family members, school staff, community and church members, health providers, and others – to reinforce children’s Wizard Brain behaviors. The interaction between helpers and BrainWise-informed children varies in […]

Read More »

BrainWise, Generative AI and ChatGPT

Alberta-based psychologist, Dr. Gary Brayton, has been a champion of the BrainWise program for over a decade, training educators and health providers across the province. His protégé, counselor Colton Hok, shares his enthusiasm, citing the “tremendous success” and “impactful” changes he’s seen in clients. Colton serves nine school divisions in Alberta, reaching 40,000 students. He […]

Read More »