Walking On

Walking On combines the wisdom of Native American philosophies and healing traditions with evidence-based treatments (in particular cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management) and was developed through a community-based participatory research process involving adolescents, parents, community members, elders and traditional healers, clinicians, administrators, and researchers. Our ultimate goal is to establish Walking On as the first evidence-based substance abuse treatment designed to specifically address the clinical needs and cultural preferences of Native American adolescents and their families, a group that has not benefited from a sustained and focused research effort to address their substantial clinical needs.



Novins DK, Boyd ML, Brotherton DT, Fickenscher A, Moore L, Spicer P. Walking On: Celebrating the Journeys of Traumatized Native American Adolescents with Substance Use Problems on the Winding Road to Healing. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44:153-9, 2012. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2012.684628

Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building

13055 East 17th Avenue

Mail Stop F800

Aurora, CO 80045

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