A Panel Discussion on Brown Identity: Where we were, where we are now.

On-line EventA panel discussion platica on the reasons and implications of the labels we use to self-identify racially and ethnically. The names and labels our community has used have always been connected to the social and political climate we experience in this country. Mexican-American, Chicana/x/o, … Continue reading A Panel Discussion on Brown Identity: Where we were, where we are now.

PODCAST – Therapy is Ours with Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa – Episode 25 – Between Sessions, Melanin and Mental Health

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In this session, Eboni and Eliza are joined by Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa. Dr. Manuel shared how therapy has been a part of Black and LatinX communities before it ever became mainstream. He also shared work that he is doing to promote culturally sensitive therapists.

PODCAST & Video Discussion- Decolonizing Mental Health with Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa

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Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa joins Francesca Maximé on her ReRooted podcast to discuss destigmatizing mental health, healing intergenerational trauma, and decolonizing language.

Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa, LPC-S is the director and co-founder of the Institute of Chicana/o Psychology based in Austin, TX where he works with educators and mental health professionals on issues related to Chicanx/Latinx wellness, cultural identity, and mental health from a cultural strengths framework. He is also the Associate Dean of Counseling at Austin Community College District where he coordinates the delivery of mental health services to the student population, assists with the Behavioral Intervention Team, and leads the district’s suicide prevention and crisis response efforts.

Destigmatizing and Decolonizing Therapy

While typical Western modern-day therapy is taught through the lens of Europeans and Freud, when we look historically throughout many cultural backgrounds, there is deep intuitive wisdom that Black, Brown, and Indigenous People have always known there is healing through talk. Dr. Zamarripa looks to destigmatize and decolonize therapy from being primarily a white person service and field, allowing people from multicultural backgrounds to reclaim this legacy.

“While we need to destigmatize, we also need to decolonize the field. The destigmatization part is for people who are aware and talking to their community. The decolonization part is changing the field, holding the field accountable. You can’t have one without the other.”– Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa

For a discussion on identity and oppression, ranging from Freud to liberation psychology, tune into  Ep. 28 of ReRooted
Intergenerational Trauma (18:28)

Francesca and Dr. Zamarripa explore the reality of healing intergenerational trauma through the long view of the seven generations lens. While we can do a lot of healing in our lifetime, we also have to be patient and gentle with ourselves and our communities. For full healing to occur, it may take multiple generations due to centuries of accumulated trauma. We are invited to remember that wounds take time to heal, and each heals in its own unique way.

“Intergenerational trauma means multigenerational healing.” – Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa

For a conversation around healing multigenerational racial trauma and finding your inner truth, open yourself to Ep. 11 of ReRooted
Decolonizing Language (35:10)

How is our language complicit in perpetuating hierarchal, dominator paradigms? Dr. Zamarripa shares examples of how this happens implicitly and consistently in our everyday speech, explaining this as a product of colonization because it involves imposing ways of being and experiencing that may not fit for everyone. Decolonizing is looking at who is sharing that language, who is sharing the framework, and understanding why it’s invisible much of the time, and the importance of making it visible.

“Language creates reality. What we say isn’t representational of reality. We don’t make words necessarily, or solely, to represent an experience accurately. When we create words and language and we put it out there, we are creating a reality. And so, our language matters.” – Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa

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Statement on the Death of George Floyd #GeorgeFloyd

The Institute of Chicana/0 Psychology stands in solidarity with the current call and actions of those outraged by yet another tragic, unjustified killing of a Black man by the police. The death of George Floyd is another indication of the unsafe climate for Black and Brown people, which is further being fueled by the careless, irresponsible rhetoric of the current administration.
The Institute recognizes this as another link in the insidious chain that began with the conquest, colonization, and slavery of Black and Brown peoples.
Until our society truly values and understand that our history continues to play out in our present, then black and brown wellness and well-being will continue to be an act of resistance and survival. Our wellness may need to be anger and an uncompromising stand for self-determination. We need to continue to DECOLONIZE our understanding of Wellness, Justice, and Freedom. We borrow the sentiments of Chicano psychologist, Dr. Manuel Ramirez, III – “As psychologists, social scientists, and educational and mental health professionals, we need to be the uncompromising opposition in society. We cannot afford to be accommodationists because freedom and self-respect cannot be negotiated or compromised.” We are experiencing a range of emotions. That is understandable and necessary. Stay connected (if helpful) and stay well. Let us collectively support each other, collectively join for justice, collectively move toward Liberation & Healing. Remember that in this darkness…..you…we…are the light. Su lucha is mi lucha.
In Non-Violent Solidarity, The Institute for Chicana/o Psychology

Institute of Chicana/o Psychology statement on the recent death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
#GeorgeFloyd #Solidarity #Justice #SocialJustice #LiberationandHealing #DECOLONIZE #BlackLivesMatter #xicanpsych #ChicanxPsychology #LiberationPsychology #BlackPsychology #BlackandBrown

Power of Stories to Heal: Cultural Strengths, Cultural Wounds

June 6th 10am-1pm (Central Standard Time) Stories of survival. Stories of courage. Stories of oppression.Stories of faith. Stories of gender. Stories of sexualties. Stories shape our identity. The telling and sharing of stories can be healing for intergenerational, community, family, and individual soul wounds. Narratives … Continue reading Power of Stories to Heal: Cultural Strengths, Cultural Wounds