Sunday Mar 05, 2023

Decolonizing Grief Work: Indigenous and Ancestral Healing Practices in Counseling

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Today's episode looks at decolonizing counseling practice and narratives of grief that are central to this work. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Shaniqua Ford shares her unique approach to incorporating indigenous wisdom practices into work related to transitions, grief, and identity.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the difference between decolonizing and deconstructing as it relates to counseling
  • Identify strategies for incorporating social determinants of health into support frameworks
  • Illustrate the role of community and connection in indigenous and ancestral grief processes 
  • Identify community and family challenges associated with attaining higher education through predominantly white institutions and systems
  • Explore the connection between capitalism, ambiguous grief and self worth.

Meet our guest


Shaniqua Ford, LCSW is a group practice owner in the state of Illinois. She earned her MSW from the University of Chicago. Shaniqua has over 10 years of experience holding space for folx within ministry and professional training through transition, loss and grief. As a spiritualist and therapist she helps folx utilize their faith traditions to cultivate healthy healing rituals to navigate both physical and ambiguous grief.


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