Holistic virtual conference aims to educate how to incorporate culture into treatment options
Indigenous people are overrepresented in prisons and jails. Holistic practitioners across the Mountain West are interested in incorporating culture to decrease reoffending rates. A virtual conference aims to educate those who work in criminal justice and behavior health on how to effectively incorporate culture into treatment options.
Phyllis Spears is Cherokee and has been a nurse for 40 years. She now works in acupuncture. She wants to help educate detention centers on how to best care for repeat offenders.
“This conference, I hope, helps them to look at a different way to do it, than the way that's been done in the past,” Spears said while explaining the importance of holistic medicines.
Chuck Pyle put the conference together and was a U.S. magistrate judge in Arizona. He said that there will be Indigenous speakers from many different parts of the criminal justice system.
“We're going to have some traditional dancers who are going to talk about, some of the challenges they've had in their life and that reconnected them with their ancestors and help them kind of get back on track,” he said
The free virtual conference will be May 17th through 18th and will be available online.