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CfP: Psychological Services special issue on service delivery to American Indians

The editorial staff of Psychological Services extends an invitation for manuscripts to be considered for a special section on psychological service delivery to American Indians, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, and Alaska Natives. Of particular interest will be for Native veterans, prisoners, and general services provided by Indian Health Services, and tribal behavioral health programs.

Native Americans — unlike other cultural/ethnic groups in the United States — experience patterns of psychological and behavioral distress resulting from intergeneration trauma and conflict with the federal government and local, non-Native communities that are unique and especially challenging.

This special section seeks to address the paucity of literature relevant to effect and culturally-sensitive treatments for Native American individuals, families and communities thus impacted.

This special section is soliciting and considering studies in the following areas of psychological service delivery to American Indians, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, and Alaska Natives:

  • The integration of traditional Native cultural healing practices with empirically-validated Western approaches.
  • Innovative approaches toward culturally-appropriate treatments for veterans and those incarcerated in criminal justice systems, including re-entry and follow-up after clinical hospitalization.
  • The extension and modification of psychological assessment and diagnostic methods to include cultural/tribal worldviews.
  • General substance abuse/prevention program efforts with Native Americans seeking services in government or tribal behavioral health programs.
  • Examination of the treatment of psychopathology related to inter-generational trauma and post-colonialism specific to American Indians, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, and Alaska Natives.

Sought manuscripts include those reporting general outcomes data for these services, interventions and clinical assessment methods, including mental health symptom change, program evaluation, increased assessment reliability and validity, and intervention impact on various spheres of psychosocial functioning. Review papers, theoretical papers, and empirical papers are all welcomed for submission.

The deadline for submission to this special section is February 17, 2014.

Please follow the Instructions to Authors information located on the Psychological Services homepage. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Please specify in your cover letter that the submission is intended for the special section on Psychological Service Delivery to Native Americans and address your letter to Dr. J. Doug McDonald, Associate Editor, Psychological Services.

All papers submitted will be initially screened by the editorial board and then sent out for blind peer review, if evaluated as appropriate for the journal.

For further questions related to this special section, please contact Dr. McDonald.

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