Department of Psychology

UAF-UAA Joint Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology

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The Ph.D. Program's Cultural Experience


The Cultural Experience varies from year to year, but includes direct exposure to Alaska Native and other cultural worldviews.

The values and life experiences through contact with cultural elders, emerging leader's, and advisors is how this wisdom is obtained.

The goal of the Cultural Experience is to provide an opportunity to interact directly with cultures in a non-classroom setting.

The Cultural Experience aims to:

  • Enhance understanding and awareness of Alaska Native cultural traditions, healing practices, and ways of life .
  • Facilitate relationships with cultural advisors and Elders.
  • Increase the importance & understanding the role that "culture" plays in psychology.

The Ph.D. Program's Cultural Experience


This gratifying occasion will increase your knowledge of Alaska diversity with the integration of the past, present and future in harmony.

Thank you,

The Cultural Committee & Advisors

Traditional Healing Clinic. Anchorage, AK. August 2013

Everyone gathered to stroll through the Healing Herb Garden.

The 2013 Cultural Experience

Alaska Native Medical Center. Anchorage, AK. August 2013

UAF's Dr. Webster and many others taking in the Alaskan Native artwork during their tour.


~The cultural experience brings together the incoming student cohort, introduces them to the program, exposes them to the importance of culture and its impact on individuals and communities, and introduces them to the students already in the program.

~Guest speakers who participate in our cultural experience lead both large group and small group break-out sessions. They lead and participate in discussions on various topics, including indigenous cultures. This event is often the first exposure our students have to the various cultures in Alaska.

~This year the attendees of the cultural experience were granted unprecedented access to the South-central Foundation and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium facilities. Including a visit to their Primary Care Clinics, the Traditional Healing Clinic, the Alaska Native Medical Center and elders and advisors.  

Alaska native beading is a tradition that goes back generation and touches many future ones!