2017 Medicine Person

Russell Eagle Bear

Keynote Speaker

Sidney Stone Brown

It is so old its new: Native Self Actualization - Assessment Placement

Dr. Sidney Stone Brown, Psy.D., is a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana. She has spent forty-four years of her life working with substance disorders and behavioral health. She is currently the Behavioral Health Director of the Navajo Regional Behavioral Health Center in Shiprock NM (CARF accredited). Dr. Stone Brown’s clinical and research emphasis is with Native Self Actualization. In 2014, she self-published a book on this topic: Transformation Beyond Greed: Native Self Actualization, which discusses the tribal origin of Maslow's self-actualization theory. Dr. Stone Brown graduated with a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) focused on Multicultural Counseling from Oregon State University in 1974. After working in the field for many years, she decided to go back to school to develop evidence based practices with American Indians and received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from George Fox University in 2007. She has given numerous presentations and trainings at state, national, and tribal levels. For more on Dr. Stone Brown’s history and decision to go back to get her doctorate, see the following article from APA’s GradPsych: http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2008/01/wisdom.aspx