Growing Resilient Communities Together


At HIR Wellness Center we believe that our communities are resilient and strong. Nevertheless, trauma and loss continue to impact the full potential for healthy living. The added burden of historical trauma continues to follow the lives of so many - leaving a chain of pain for generations to come. At HIR Wellness Center we believe that encouraging historical thriving will take a community values-based approach in identifying mental health care services that address the unique needs and priorities of those we serve.


In addressing these concerns we believe in seeking community input through focus groups and community review boards when developing our services, programming and creating research that supports community-thriving. HIR is a new and dynamic movement towards creating a mental health practice that is community-based and honors community values-based healing practices and informs counseling recommendations.


Future work


Soon we will be conducting our second Community-Based research study to develop programming that is for the community- by the community and we need your help!


Our vision is to create a culturally responsive and informed mental health practice. In doing so, identifying best practices through culturally responsive Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and Practice-Based Evidence (PBE) approaches. By taking part in this study, you are not only joining this movement, you are supporting the healing process of those walking with us today and for generations to come.


If you are interested in participating in this anonymous study please contact the Principal Investigator, Lea. S. Denny. All information is kept secure and confidential. 


It states that practice-based evidence is the "range of treatment services and supports that are accessible and culturally appropriate and known to be effective by the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health: One definition is from the families, youth, and providers."


Practice-based evidence (PBE) has been described as "a range of treatment approaches and supports that are derived from, and supportive of, the positive cultural attributes of the local society and traditions." Practice-based evidence services are accepted as effective by the local community, through community consensus, and address the therapeutic and healing needs of individuals and families from a culturally-specific framework.


Practitioners of practice-based evidence models draw upon cultural knowledge and traditions for treatment and are respectfully responsive to the local definitions of wellness and dysfunction. Practitioners of practice-based evidence models have field-driven and expert knowledge of the cultural context of the community and they consistently draw upon this knowledge throughout the full range of service provision: engagement, assessment, diagnosis, intervention and aftercare.

Evidence-based practice is a process that brings together the best available research, scholarship, professional expertise, and input from youth and families to identify and deliver services that have been demonstrated to achieve positive outcomes for youth, families, and communities. Evidence-based programs and practices (EBPPs) are specific techniques and intervention models that have shown to have positive effects on outcomes through rigorous evaluations. In an effort to provide best-informed counseling treatment, it’s important for providers to evaluate the techniques that are currently being used to ensure that their practices meet these standards.

"Illness becomes wellness when I becomes We"
Healing Intergenerational Roots for All Nations-One Tribe 

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