Coyote Accomplishments for 2018

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Co-participated and partially funded:

  1. Micronutrients as an adjunctive treatment for bipolar disorder
  2. Effects of having a life story interview and sharing it with the physician on the doctor-patient relationship and patient perception of chronic pain.
  3. Studying effective means of counseling with indigenous people with an opiate use disorder.
  4. Collaboration with Dr. Venetia Young of the Lakes District National Health Service in the U.K. on narrative approaches to patients who frequently use health care and the distress that it causes their general practitioners.


  1. Consulted with Wabanaki Health and Wellness, Bangor, on their Behavioral Health Home


  1. New York Open Center, New York City, Cherokee Body Work
  2. Marbletown MultiArts Center, Stone Ridge, New York, Narrative Hypnosis
  3. Flinders University and Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, Australia, providing training on implementing culture into health and mental health care.
  4. Hearing Voices New Zealand: trainings with the Maori community in Christchurch and Auckland on indigenous approaches to hearing voices and extraordinary experiences.
  5. Training with the U.K. National Health Service – Lake District on Cherokee Bodywork and Narrative Psychotherapy
  6. Training with French Storytellers Association on the therapeutic use of stories and storytelling, Najac, France.
  7. Medicine for Ceremony in conjunction with Eastern Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, in which we trained two family medicine residents for one week in Bangor and then took them to a Sundance in South Dakota and then took a family medicine faculty member and a psychiatric nurse to a sun dance in Western New York.
  8. Canadian Association for Energy Medicine, Vancouver, narrative medicine as energy medicine.
  9. Honolulu, Hawaii, Narrative Therapy for the Addictions
  10. Participation in the Residential Week for the Healing Arts Master’s Program, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont
  11. 1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, California: Coyote Healing: indigenous approaches to biopsychosocial health care.
  12. Stories to Awaken Your Inner Hero, Newtown Cultural Community Centre, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Presentations:

  1. North American Primary Care Research Association, Chicago, November, on nutritional approaches to primary care mental health.
  2. Canadian Association for Energy Medicine, Vancouver, narrative medicine for energy practitioners.

Papers published:

  1. Mehl-Madrona, Lewis, and Barbara Mainguy. "Chapter 15: North American indigenous concepts of the dialogical self." Handbook of Dialogical Self Theory and Psychotherapy: Bridging Psychotherapeutic and Cultural Traditions (2018). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2. Young, Venetia, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, and Barbara Mainguy. "A Patient-Centered Approach to a Rural General Practice in Distress and the Search for a Solution." The Permanente journal 22 (2018).

Ceremonies supported:

  1. On the Tree Sundance on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota
  2. Honor the Mother Sundance on the Cayuga Reservation in Western New York
  3. Twice monthly inipikaga (revitalization) ceremonies in Orono, Maine, for the local indigenous community.

Courses Taught:

  1. Narrative Approaches to Addiction, online course for health care practitioners
  2. Embodied experiential approaches to psychotherapy for health care practitioners.
  3. Storytelling Evening, last Tuesday of the month, online and in Orono, Maine.

Website Maintained:

   with posted lectures, papers, and resources.

Income: $65,168.87, of which $2500 was a grant from the Maine Community Foundation and $550 were donations.

Expenses: $61,002.31

No salaries were paid to anyone.