Native American Connections - Guiding Star is a residential treatment facility for chemically-dependent women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health concerns. Guiding Star combines traditional Native American healing practices with contemporary evidence-based methods to produce a holistically-informed addiction treatment program that addresses maladies of the mind, body, and spirit. During their stay, residents are invited to participate in storytelling, smudging/ purification rites, native crafts, Red Road teachings, Talking Circles, cultural presentations, songs and drumming, Circle of Strength, and more.
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Yvonne has over 25 years of combined experience in business administration and behavioral health care. Her clinical training, experience, and supervisory experience includes child and family therapy, play and sand tray therapies, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, and practices that integrate indigenous healing interventions with current approaches in counseling and psychology. Yvonne joined Native American Connections in 2003.More
Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine has been working within Native American urban and tribal entities since 1972 and has been employed as the CEO of Native American Connections (NAC) since 1979. Ms. Devine has an MBA from Arizona State University and holds International and State license in behavioral health counseling. Ms. Devine’s leadership and dedication have been recognized within the community with the following honors: Valley Leadership’s Woman of the Year (2003), ONE (Organization for Nonprofit Executives) Executive Director of the Year (2006), YWCA’s Business Leader Award (2008); Arizona’s Centennial Legacy Project – Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women (2012); Phoenix Business Journal’s 25 Most Admired CEOs (2012), and ASU WP Carey School of Business Hall of Fame (2012).More