Dr. Joseph Couture is a pioneer in every sense of the word. As the first Aboriginal person to receive a Ph.D in psychology in Canada, Dr. Joe as he is affectionately known, has not only built bridges of understanding between two cultures but has systematically affected generations of educators and students with his straightforward and profound traditional healing methods.
Dr. Couture’s workpapers and articles broke new ground in the Native and non-Native mental health system by challenging long held views on healing and by combining traditional values with contemporary methods. A man who profoundly influenced the corrections system by transforming the prison into a place for healing Couture is a sought after speaker in healing centres, prisons and universities across North America. Dr. Couture has inspired many with his philosophies on the Medicine Wheel system of healing. His vision of traditional practice as rehabilitation has transformed individuals and communities. His dedication has set a benchmark for educators and students alike, while his instinctive wisdom and holistic ideas on healing will be felt for generations.