Calricaraq: An Indigenous Approach to Recovering from Impacts of Historical and Lifetime Trauma

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
8:30am – 4:30pm

Friday, June 1st, 2018
8:30am – 4:30pm


Calricaraq, translated “Healthy Living”, is a culturally-based program utilizing Yup’ik culture, values, and traditions to address behavioral health issues from a holistic, indigenous approach. The implementation of this program has evolved after observing several years of ineffective suicide prevention programs in our Native communities. Local indigenous providers observed these programs as ineffective because they lacked understanding that whole health within our indigenous communities must include integration of our cultural values, traditions, and teachings. The programs also did not address how healing is central in working towards health and wellness.  This led to the creation and implementation of Calricaraq, a holistic and community-based program aimed at restoring wellness and balance.


Day 1
The 2-day training brings you on a journey to understand what Calricaraq consists of, how the process works, and why the process works. The first day engages the participants to understand the root causes of the issues we face in our Native communities through activities like the “community layers of circles”.  Additional activities teach why and how these changes have such a negative impact on us today.

Day 1 Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the concept of historical trauma and its effects on present-day indigenous populations.
  • Gain information and knowledge about Calricaraq, an indigenous, tradition-based wellness program.
  • Identify the basic differences between the western and indigenous approaches of treatment.
  • Identify potential strategies to effectively address trauma and promote healing in Native communities.
  • Utilize tools that are practical and usable, past a theoretical level.


Day 2
The second day focuses on the healing that must be done in our Native communities.  It includes examination of the important elements necessary for healing to take place as well as the important considerations for healers to guide this process.  Both days include talking circles and open discussion following the activities. This interactive training helps us to improve the way we provide services to the indigenous populations that we serve.

Day 2 Learning Objectives:

  • Apply indigenous strategies with Alaska Native populations in various treatment settings.
  • Gain knowledge and skills to respond effectively with Alaska Native people.
  • Explain ways to improve relationships between Alaska Native and Non-Native people with focus on Healing.
  • Gain culturally appropriate tools to use in various treatment settings.
  • Apply insight to one’s own personal lifetime experiences and how they impact our work.


Available IN-PERSON (UAA Campus, Anchorage) & ONLINE (Adobe Connect)


Registration Options Price*
One Day $80
Two Days $140

*Early Bird Special: 20% off total registration price. Promotion ends 05/04/2018. Use Code “EARLY2018” during checkout.


Continuing Education Credits Price
One Day, 7 APA CEs $60
Two Days, 14 APA CEs $90
Certificate of Attendance No charge



University of Alaska Anchorage
Library Room 307
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Detailed directions will be emailed to registered attendees the week of the event. Parking will be free to attendees.

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Presenter Biography – Rose Domnick

Rose Domnick is the Director of Preventative Services, Behavioral Health at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska. She has the primary responsibility of integrating traditional Yup’ik healing and promotion of healthy living into mainstream Behavioral Health Services. Programs are focused on healing from impacts of historical and lifetime trauma along with cultural activities to revitalize and strengthen traditional healthy living skills. Rose has been instrumental in developing these activities addressing root causes of social issues in the Yukon Kuskokwim delta following a career with the Alaska Department of Corrections. Rose holds a double bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Yup’ik Eskimo. She lives in Bethel with her husband, two daughters, and 2 grandchildren.



Scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students interested in attending. Contact Maia Wen for more information.


Additional Information

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for in-person attendees.



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UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research & Services (CBHRS) is approved by the
American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
CBHRS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Presented by the Alaska Department of Corrections, Sex Offenders Treatment Program,
& UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services