NATIVE HEALTH’s Health Start Program is continuing its Indigenous Course Series with seven classes presented by the Native American Fatherhood & Families Association (NAFFA):
Understanding Addictive Behaviors
Addictive behaviors are difficult to stop, even when there is a strong personal desire to change. They are enslaving habits, particularly when mind-altering substances are used. Addictive behaviors often override reason and rational thinking. The challenge of changing brings a new outlook of optimism toward life through strengthening personal commitment and self-control. An addicted person may feel ashamed, alone, and abandoned. They often feel that the pain and struggles are almost too difficult to bear. This workshop will offer the optimism and skills for change to create new healthier behaviors. This will be presented on Wednesday, July 21, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., via Zoom. Register below to receive a link:
Albert M. Pooley was born to the Hopi and Navajo Native American cultures, where he grew close to both cultures on the reservation. The love of his father and mother taught him outstanding life lessons. From Al’s early youth, he witnessed the struggles and challenges of his people, filling his heart with the desire to help. He holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) and has extensive experience as a marriage and family counselor. In 2002, with a purpose in mind, Mr. Pooley founded the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association to strengthen and keep families together. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Pooley has worked with over 400 tribes throughout North America in promoting and strengthening families in a variety of national and tribal programs that encourage healthy parental involvement in creating happy and safe homes. Al and his wife Julia have been married for over 51 years, raised six children, and have sixteen grandchildren. He appreciates the role of being a father and grandfather, finding joy in teaching principles that are relevant to his Native American culture. Native American Fatherhood and Families Association (NAFFA) is an Arizona-based non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. NAFFA began with the purpose of strengthening Native American families through responsible fatherhood with the Fatherhood Is Sacred ®Program promoting responsible fatherhood and strengthening individuals and families by laying a solid foundation of a purpose-driven life.
This workshop was produced by Native American Fatherhood & Families Association with assistance from ADHS . Support for this workshop was provided through a cooperative agreement (Grant No. 6 U7AMC33714-02-01 ) from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.