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Social Worker Challenges Traditional Concepts Of Mental, Physical Health

Dr. Robert Prue
Dr. Robert Prue


Kansas City, MO – Dr. Robert Prue - a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota -feels it's crucial to attend to people's spiritual needs when deciding what services to provide. Prue has written extensively about Native American healing rituals and the use of peyote - known as a hallucinogenic drug. Robert Prue is a visiting professor of Social Work at UMKC this year - KC Currents' Susan Wilson caught up with him recently, and asked about how Native American healing concepts and rituals fit into social work.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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