In the Voices From the Field podcast for December, NCFY talks to Terry Cross, executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, and progenitor of the "relational worldview" of Native youth work.
"The relational worldview is depicted in a four quadrant circle - mind, body, spirit and context," Cross says. "The more that those four quadrants can come into balance, the more we're set to live a healthy life."
"Almost every Tribe on the continent has some teachings about the circle of life or life as a holistic process or balance," Cross says. The relational worldview approach resonates with anyone looking for fresh directions in youth work, and offers a useful complement to the current emphasis on evidence-based practices, he adds.