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.
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.