Navajo Nation and Covid-19
Join Dr. I and Kristin as they talk about how the Coronavirus has impacted American Indian nations. Because information changes so rapidly, we are happy to report that by the time this show airs, the response rate is better (not enough) and the reporting of issues is also expanding.Dr. Indelicato (“Dr. I”) is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Suicidologist. She is the program coordinator for a Zero Suicide Initiative grant at a rural hospital on the Navajo Reservation. She instructs medical providers and healthcare professionals in safety planning and risk assessment; crisis debriefing; and, she is an expert consultant to inpatient and outpatient units, mobile health, and the Emergency Department. Dr. I coordinates postvention efforts and outreach services to the Navajo community. She has developed a Loss Survivor Support Group – Talking Circle with Traditional practitioners, a collaborative and innovative support resource for hospital employees. Recently, she has been working on a brief video series to promote appropriate messaging about suicide and suicide prevention.Dr. is a recurring guest on KTNN Radio – “The Voice of the Navajo Nation.” She is the creator of Suicide Nation, a podcast on the Mental Health News Radio Network. Dr. I has also appeared in a film by nDigiDreams, a Native women-owned film production that shares the stories of hope and healing of Indigenous people all over the world. The film is part of the Indian Health Service toolkit: Best and Promising Practices for the Implementation of Zero Suicide in Native America.The intersection of behavioral health initiatives and public health issues is a primary focus and passion of hers. She has extensive experience working with underserved, marginalized and at-risk populations including homeless, formerly incarcerated adults, adolescents in juvenile justice settings, SMI, LGBTQ+, as well as individuals who have endured severe trauma, neglect and/or abuse. She has also coached interdisciplinary inpatient psychiatric teams to build trauma-informed treatment practices in the milieu.During her career, Dr. I has supervised pre-doctoral psychology candidates and taught psychiatric residents evidence-based clinical interventions to treat suicidality, self-harm ideations and behaviors, severe mood and/or psychotic symptoms, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. She completed a Dialectical Behavioral Treatment (DBT) Certification with Behavioral Tech. Dr. I graduated from Nova Southeastern University with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology along with a concentration in Long Term Mental Illness.Dr. I is a dynamic presenter; she is passionate and warm. She provides a safe space to engage and discuss the complexities of suicide, suicide prevention and related mental health topics in a candid and comprehensible manner. Dr. I balances complex subject matter with exceptional agility; and, easily connects to diverse crowds and settings.