Efforts to encourage social justice and community health consistently run up against a significant barrier: the scarcity of valuable health and education resources. For people who need these resources but lack access to them, the consequences are devastating for both the individual and society as a whole.
Guided by the concept of synergy, this groundbreaking collection explores alternatives in the areas of counseling, education, and community health and development. Synergy refers to the process of two or more things coming together to create a new, greater, and often unexpected whole. When synergy exists, formerly scarce resources can expand and become renewable and accessible to all.
Drawing upon the diverse cultural experiences of indigenous peoples around the world, these compelling narratives provide practical insights into the emergence of synergy and obstacles to its existence. Synergy, Healing and Empowerment offers invaluable guidance in the pursuit of a just and equitable society.
“Synergy, Healing and Empowerment is an especially important book. By pushing the envelope, it shows us the direction counseling and psychotherapy must go.”
—Paul Pedersen, pioneer scholar in multicultural counseling
“Synergy, Healing and Empowerment is an incredible book. Making a compelling case for the paradigm of synergy, which releases an ever-expanding network of healing and empowerment, this book could not be more necessary and timely.
—Stanley Krippner, Professor of Psychology,
“I highly recommend Synergy, Healing, and Empowerment for all those interested in indigenous psychology and cross-cultural psychology. I believe that all professional psychologists and policy makers can benefit from the profound insights of the authors.”
—Paul T. P. Wong, Professor Emeritus, Trent University
and Editor of The Human Quest for Meaning
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