Alan “Jawenodee Inini” Rabideau is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan. He provides consultation and technical assistance on various issues of development and integration of Anishinabek (Ojibwe) cultural values in Human Services agencies and organizations. Alan has over 15 years of experience working with youth and families, and has conducted training for parents, foster/adoptive parents, kinship parents, educators, social service staff and tribal youth in positive behavioral support, strength based supervision, effective leadership skills and developing “Family Driven” Systems.
Alan considers his greatest accomplishment to have been given the chance to parent and provide treatment/specialized foster care to eight adolescent males with behavioral, emotional, and educational disabilities for the past eight years. He has also served in many other positions which include: substance abuse counselor/child care worker in a tribal co-ed group home program, student services coordinator and ”at-risk” intervention specialist for tribal students in the public education system, Native American student cultural and academic advisor in a public high school, “Live-in” program manager for a medium secure juvenile sex offender group home, quality assurance specialist for a nonprofit private child placing/care agency, trainer/consultant in an agency that uses a community-based, cognitive-behavioral, psycho-educational model of care for “special needs” youth and families, parent trainer for court ordered parents, trainer/consultant of positive behavioral support methods for educators, independent consultant focusing on cultural competency and sensitivity and “evidence-based” programs for youth and families, “Systems of Care” evaluation team member, and independent research assistant for a private evaluation company.
Alan has also been actively involved in evaluating and consulting state and tribal communities “Systems of Care Initiative for Children's Mental Health “and the “Child/Adolescent State Infrastructure Grants” serving as the family consultant on the evaluation teams and start-up consultant teams. He has attended trainings conducted by the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health in “Family Involvement in Evaluations” and has completed the “Building Systems of Care A Primer” Training conducted by the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health out of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. Alan was recently appointed to the National Wraparound Initiative as a family member advisor and serves as a family member advisor for the National Indian Child Welfare Association's newly formed Parent Advisory Committee.