Chicana/o/x Affirmative Therapy Training Series: Clinical Responsiveness & Chicanx Mental Health 2022 – Level 1

June 18th, July 16th, August 6th, August 27th- 2022

Foundational Level – Level 1

This is a 4 Session On-line Training on a clinical approach to working successfully with Chicanx & Latinx clients taught by Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa, LPC-S. The entire series is a total of 9 hrs. with each session being 2.5 hrs. (with the exception of the final session, 1.5hrs.). Participants will gain a foundation for culturally responsive therapy from a Chicanx Affirmative approach. The total cost for all 4 sessions is $150. Participants who attend all four sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Institute of Chicana/o/x Psychology.

9 CE in psychology will be available for those who wish to add this option for an additional $100 (see below). **Registration for the Training & CE Purchase is Separate.

**Master’s level clinicians please check with your State Board to ensure they accept APA approved CEs

What is Chicana/o/x Affirmative Therapy?
The foundations of this Chicana/o/x Affirmative Therapy are: 1) It is an approach that assumes centralizing culture and a positive perception of one’s own culture background can and should be facilitated in psychotherapy with Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x clients.  2) Chicana/o/x Affirmative Therapy is an approach which actively centers and privileges Chicana/o/x culture in the therapeutic process. 3) It’s foundations, principles and methods affirm both ancestral and contemporary healing foundations of Chicana/o/x culture and lifeways.

Dr. Zamarripa will describe foundational aspects of “Browning” counseling, describe how traditional/individualistic concepts in mental health can be culturally incongruent for Chicanx/Latinx populations, and review ways to decolonize the current notion of mental health. While the mental health field continues to move toward inclusivity of diverse populations, many of the foundational concepts are still rooted in Western and individualistic worldviews. Chicanx experiences and history include a varying sense of what constitutes wellness and well-being as well as what constitutes appropriate help-seeking behaviors. If psychotherapy and the mental health field are to be responsive to this population, they must incorporate a broader view of these notions, as well as the therapist not only being responsive but also being more affirming of Chicanx experiences.
As a result of this training participants will:

  1. Understand the framework for a Chicana/o/x Affirmative Therapy
  2. Understand how a focus on identity, family, and spirituality are key in a Chicanx Affirmative
  3. Learn to be culturally responsive to Chicana/x/o culture in clinical interactions
  4. Gain an understanding of varying notions of mental well-being from a Chicana/o/x perspective
  5. Apply these concepts with case scenarios in each training session

Required evaluations and session assessments will be sent to participants after each session. After all 4 sessions and evaluations are completed, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Training Completion in Chicana/o/x Affirmative Therapy – Foundational Level from The Institute of Chicana/o Psychology.

Features of the training series are:

  • constructing Chicana/o/x wellness & well-being,
  • the roles of identity, family, and spirituality for Chicana/o/x mental health,
  • facilitating a reconnection to current and ancestral cultural strengths in clinical practice,
  • aspects of Chicana/o/x culture that complements the practice of counseling & therapy,
  • values & assumptions of the mental health field that are not congruent with Chicana/o/x wellness culture,
  • the impacts of marginalization and discrimination on Chicana/o/x well-being on an individual and community level, and
  • the inclusion of historical trauma in the treatment of Chicana/o/x populations.

*Please Note: This training will critical of mainstream Western and individualistic perspectives that are the current foundation of the mental health field. Participants should understand they are entering a training with strong decolonial perspectives. All who are open and wanting to learn an approach that both expands and moves beyond the current Western practice of mental health are welcome in this training.

Participants will receive their Zoom link to each training session 30 minutes before the session begins.

Session 1, June 18 – 11:00am – 1:30pm.

Session 2, July 16 – 11:00am – 1:30pm

Session 3, August 6 – 11:00am – 1:30pm

Session 4, August 27 – 11:00am -12:30pm

Participants will be required to respond to what they learned in each session via an evaluation. The training sessions will be recorded and the recorded sessions will be available after the live date. So, participants may still receive credit for attending if they view the recording and respond to the evaluation of each session.

This program presents a counseling approach that includes, but extends traditional, individualistic approaches that are the foundation of the mental health field to include decolonial and more collectivistic thought and frameworks. The approach described here draws on the large body of theory and research in multicultural counseling and Latinx Psychology (e.g. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral SciencesJournal of Latinx PsychologyJournal of Multicultural Counseling & Development) to create a unique approach (Chicana/o/x Affirmative approach). The approach poses questions and possible future directions for the field in serving Chicanx populations that is established on current ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. As always, however, misapplication of psychotherapeutic interventions with mentally vulnerable populations can lead to harmful outcomes.

You may register at the link below. To purchase your CEs, there is a separate below the registration link.

You may also register via Paypal:


Venmo: @MXZam

Please email any questions you may have to xicanpsy@xicanpsych

Purchase your 9 CEs here. CEs offered via Innovation Behavioral Health Solutions. You will need to sign in or create a free account to purchase.

NOTE: You must attend sessions LIVE to receive CEs for sessions.

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