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Reconstruction of Positive Indian Male Identity

Training Description: How should Indigenous Male identity be viewed in the U. S.? Given the study of identity typically comes under personality study in western psychology, empirical work on identity of men has typically involved white American male studies. In Gender studies, the emphasis is also on white male identity. This presentation presents a model of American Indian male identity in terms of challenges and risks to adaptation and health. Dr. Byers identifies the parameters that have eroded healthy male gender identity, roles, and behaviors within Indian country. From there, he provides a model of Indigenous Male identity. This model is based in a reclamation process and positive coping and affirming Indian Male Identity as a cornerstone of treatment and healthy identity, family roles, and community connection. Drawing from various marginalized viewpoints and theories, Dr. Byers presents assessments and clinical tools that enhance the exploration of meaningful spiritually and existentially robust identity parameters. He closes with a case study of application of the various modes developed and shared.

Contact Person: Susan Gay

Presenter’s Name: Dr. Steven Byers

Dr. Byers’ Biography:

An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Steven Byers received his B.S. as a dual major in Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He then attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan where he received his M.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Personality Assessment & Development. To complete his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. Throughout his academic training, Dr. Byers’ has emphasized the need to engage and enhance persons’ spirituality and related practices with psychological models of behavior, motives, and psychology. This emphasis was carried into his academic work via engaging peers and clients and involves enhancing undergraduate and graduate education through his teaching at Northeastern State University. He emphasized the important of divestment and community research within diverse context. As a part of his emphasis on culture and diversity, Dr. Byers emphasizes the following domains through research and evaluation: diverse students’ experience in higher education, re-evaluation of mental health concepts in relation to culturally different persons, and both individual and collective trauma’s relationship to stress and coping in marginalized groups, families


June 3, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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