Using the focus group method, graduates of the Traditional Aboriginal Parents Program (TAPP) were interviewed in order to (1) determine how TAPP is effective in promoting personal healing, (2) identify the factors that contribute to TAPP’s effectiveness, and (3) to identify areas for program improvement. The results of this study revealed four themes about how TAPP is effective—TAPP as a comfort zone, TAPP as a means to finding ones’ voice, TAPP as a means to facilitate personal healing and growth, and TAPP as a means to re-connect with Aboriginal identity and culture. The two factors contributing to TAPP’s effectiveness are that it (1) provides a safe, non-judgmental environment where (2) participants can witness and be witnessed. Areas for program improvement include increasing the length of the program, incorporating more cultural teachings into the curriculum, and participant partner inclusion. Additional program recommendations are also discussed.
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Thesis advisor: Keats, Patrice
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