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Geneva Ensign is now retired from a 45-year career in the helping profession. Formerly self-employed, her company, Explorations Counselling & Training Services, provided one-to-one counseling and group psychotherapy, teaching and training in a variety of human relations workshops, community development and social program planning. Her work with Indigenous people began in the early 1970s when she signed a contract to design and deliver experiential learning modules to Indigenous communities whose leaders were enrolled in an innovative (for that time) outreach social work program. The last ten years of her career involved weeklong residential Healing Circles with the women of the Samson Cree Nation.


"This book has the potential to change social work practice in Indigenous communities." -- Dr. Claudine Louis, President Maskwacis Cultural College

"Community Healing A Transcultural Model, by Geneva Ensign expertly captures the basic understanding that must be comprehended before one can teach, train or profess to heal oneself or a community. It is a teaching tool that I highly recommend. Being an Aboriginal leader for many years and growing up on the reserve surrounded by the traditional teachings of my Stemtemma (Grandmother), I understand our culture and its importance. To be ready for the future, we must understand the past. The compilation of stories and experiences presented in this book gives a wholesome insight as to what we, as Indigenous People, are all about. I highly recommend and endorse Geneva's book."

-- Robert Louie, Former Chief of Westbank First Nations, LL.B, OC, H. on. Dr. LL.B

"I fully endorse The Community Healing: A Transcultural Model as a significant framework that will enhance our Maskwacis community towards healing. The journey as an individual alone is much harder than the community as a whole. This holistic model provides us with the aspiration to heal generations to come."

-- Jerry Saddleback, MCC Elder, Maskwacis Cultural College

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