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Connecting Our Community

During this time of social distancing, it is more important than ever to find new ways to connect. The Connecting our Community videos are a great way to learn more about the Chickasaw Nation and our efforts to keep citizens informed and entertained. The videos share information about a variety of topics from health and wellness to cultural and cooking resources. Watch the videos using the buttons below and check back often as new videos are added regularly.

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Chikasha Anokfilli: Think Chickasaw

Learn how your family can maintain mental health and help children succeed in the new school year with Chikasha Anokfilli, a new mental wellness initiative from the Chickasaw Nation.

Chikasha Anokfilli (meaning “think Chickasaw”) begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 27, with a virtual panel discussion featuring licensed therapist Dr. C.J. Aducci, clinical psychologist Dr. Misty Boyd and Chickasaw Nation Program Therapist Alicia A. Wear. Join us as the panel explores the challenges of returning to school in a COVID-19 environment, shares tips parents can use to recognize the signs of anxiety and discusses strategies for families to maintain relationships, routines and resilience. 
About the panelists:
Dr. C. J. Aducci serves as the executive officer of strong family development. In this role, he provides leadership of mental health and substance use treatment programs available to Chickasaw citizens, First Americans and Chickasaw Nation employees. Dr. Aducci earned a doctorate degree in marriage and family therapy from Kansas State University and has been a licensed marriage and family therapist in Oklahoma since 2014. He is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Misty L. Boyd is a clinical psychologist and serves as the young child wellness expert for the Chickasaw Nation Research and Public Health Division. Dr. Boyd has been a licensed psychologist for 15 years and has worked primarily in tribal settings serving First American children and families.
Alicia A. Wear is a program therapist for the Chickasaw Nation Outpatient Services with over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families. She is certified in PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy) and CBT-MET (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Motivational Enhancement Therapy).