This edited volume focuses on the role of traditional or indigenous healers, as well as the application of traditional healing practices in contemporary counseling and therapeutic modalities with Latina/o people. The book offers a broad coverage of important topics, such as traditional healer’s views of mental/psychological health and well-being, the use of traditional healing techniques in contemporary psychotherapy, and herbal remedies in psychiatric practice. It also discusses common factors across traditional healing methods and contemporary psychotherapies, the importance of spirituality in counseling and everyday life, the application of indigenous healing practices with Latina/o undergraduates, indigenous techniques in working with perpetrators of domestic violence, and religious healing systems and biomedical models. The book is an important reference for anyone working within the general field of mental health practice and those seeking to understand culturally relevant practice with Latina/o populations.
Contributors. Garcia-Teague, An Appreciation of Dr. Michael Smith (1960-2006). McNeill, Cervantes, Introduction – Counselors and Curandera/os: Parallels in the Healing Process. Part I: Mestizo and Indigenous Perspectives. Cervantes, What Is Indigenous About Being Indigenous: The Mestizo Experience. Ortiz, Davis, Latino/a Folk Saints and Marian Devotions: Popular Religiosity and Healing. McNeill, Esquivel, Carrasco, Mendoza, Santería and the Healing Process in Cuba and the United States. Part II: Indigenous and Mestizo Healing Practices. Smith, Ascani, Use of Psychotropic Herbal and Natural Medicines in Latino and Mestizo Populations. Nuñez, Brazil’s Ultimate Healing Resource: The Power of Spirit. Holliday, La Limpia de San Lazaro as Individual and Collective Cleansing Rite. Castellanos, Gloria, Rese un Ave María y ensendi una velita: The Use of Spirituality and Religion as a Means of Coping With Educational Experiences for Latina/o College Students. Part III: Contemporary Aspects of Mestizo and Indigenous Healing Practices: Reclamation and Integration. Medina, Los Espiritus Siguen Hablando: Chicana Spiritualities. Holliday, Religious Healing and Biomedicine in Comparative Context. Ortiz, Rice, McNeill, Curanderismo: Religious and Spiritual Worldviews and Indigenous Healing Traditions. Cervantes, McNeill, Epilogue: Summary and Future Research and Practice Agendas.