Tribal Standards of Care: History, Culture, & Healing

for professionals in psychology, behavioral health, and social work

Presented by Grace Johnson & Elizabeth Lovejoy Brown


The video below includes the training on “Tribal Standards of Care: History, Culture, & Healing when Working with Native, Indigenous, & Tribal Populations.”

Tribal Standards of Care

(Grace Johnson & Elizabeth Lovejoy Brown)


This training covers the complex and multi-layered topic of Tribal Standards of Care. When working with tribal members and tribal communities it is necessary to understand historical events and their impacts today. The training covers topics of Nebraska tribes, intergenerational trauma, and outcomes that can be attributed such as: substance use, suicide, mental health diagnosis, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons. Also discussed are behavioral health interventions with families or individuals and how culture can be used as prevention and treatment.


  • Describe two Government Acts that impacted Native Communities.
  • Explain three challenges to Native Communities.
  • Discuss three culturally relevant interventions helpful to Native Communities.


Date Presented: Tues., May. 28, 2024, 9am – 12pm (Central)
Date Training Expires: May 28, 2026

About the Speakers

Grace Johnson

Grace Johnson


Mrs. Johnson grew up on the Pine Ridge MSW Indian reservation in South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She has worked as an Outreach worker, Family Support worker in the foster care system and QEW. She is a dual-licensed Mental Health Therapist and Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She was Director of Behavioral Health and the Omaha Nation Alcohol Program at the Carl T. Curtis Health Education Center for the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska in Macy. She is on the Board of the Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition (NICWC) and also sits on the Mayor’s Native American Advisory Council.

Elizabeth Lovejoy Brown

Elizabeth Lovejoy Brown


Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Lovejoy Brown is a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and was raised by her grandfather, mother, and father. She gained an immense amount of traditional and cultural practices through her family. She’s worked in the Native American community for 17 years in various settings from urban to tribal government to non-profits. Liz has hands-on experience working with families and has done research regarding the epigenetics from intergenerational trauma resulting from colonization. She earned her Master in Social Work from the University of Iowa.

These trainings were funded in whole or in part by funds from the SAMHSA Community Mental Health Block Grant, SAMHSA Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and state funds sub-granted from the Nebraska Department of Health and Services, Division of Behavioral Health.