Indigenous Education Speaker Series: Kwayasko Pimatisiwin: Exploring Indigenous Praxis of Psychological Flexibility with Louis Busch

Gakino’amaage: Teach For Canada’s Indigenous Education Speaker Series brings experts, educators, and Knowledge Keepers together to share wise practices for incorporating Indigenous content in the classroom.

Join us for our third session of 2023-2024: Kwayasko Pimatisiwin: Exploring Indigenous Praxis of Psychological Flexibility with Louis Busch.

Psychological flexibility is the ability to engage in the present moment and to respond in the direction of one’s values, even in the face of difficult thoughts, feelings, or circumstances. While the construct of psychological flexibility has gained increasing popularity as a primary measure of wellness amongst the ‘third-wave’ cognitive-behaviour therapies over the last several decades, the concept has much older and deeper roots. This presentation will draw upon the teachings of Knowledge Keepers, helpers, and artists to explore First Nation perspectives on suffering, wellness, and what it means to live a good life.

Louis Busch, MEd., BCBA, RP, is a Bear Clan member of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, a registered psychotherapist, and a board certified behaviour analyst. Louis is a Vanier Scholar, a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, and a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University. Louis has two decades of experience supporting the recovery journeys of people who find themselves in contact with the mental health, forensic mental health, and criminal justice systems. Louis hopes to contribute to positive social change through the advancement of culturally relevant wellness initiatives that promote the recovery and empowerment of marginalized peoples.

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We are excited for you to join us in learning from Louis Busch’s wisdom and experience!



May 01, 2024

5:00-6:30 MDT/CST / 7:00 - 8:30 pm EDT / 6:00 - 7:30 pm CDT

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