April 24th, 2021 10:00 AM-1:00 PM (CENTRAL TIME) This will be a Zoom event (zoom.us). Participants will receive their Zoom link 30 minutes before the event begins. We are facing death on a daily basis and it is painful. 2020 will be remembered as the … Continue reading Recovering Our Ancestral Memory to Honor Death (a.k.a. “La Huesuda”)
April 10, 2021; 11am – 1pm CDT (Central) We know that our people deal with intergenerational, historical, and racial traumas. These experiences have affected us individually and as a community. The results of these experiences can show up in many ways including post traumatic stress … Continue reading Raza and Trauma: Individual, Family, & Community Impact
Thank you to all who connected with the Institute this past year! We’ve had another beautiful year together sharing our hearts, our stories, our lived experiences, our pains, our joys and our healing…..together. As always,we are honored that you share your hearts with us. We reconnected with our cultural, familial, ancestral strengths as they manifest in each of us individually.
As you know, our goal is to promote the wellness and well-being of our community through the lens of Chicanx Psychology. For us, Chicanx Psychology moves beyond Western/modern psychology to include our community’s own wisdom and needs (ancestral and contemporary). It is a decolonial approach with Chicanx liberation and healing at its foundation.
This past year we 4 community platica workshops, 6 professional trainings, 4 Friday Chats on Brown Wellness, 2 Special Events, 2 Community Support circles, and 1 Course Offering.
The end of the year falls during Winter. As we just celebrated the winter solstice, the birth of Huitzilopochtli, birth of the new Sun, we honor the energy of winter where we retreat into our caves and reflect, heal, and regenerate We stop as much work as we can and allow the decay to take away all that we don’t need so we can be ready to plant our seeds in the Spring. We close what is done and prepare to open a new year together, celebrating who we are.
The workshop will focus on spiritual wellness from a Chicanx and Indigenous background, with strong influences from Mexica beliefs.About this EventTwo Part Event! Feb. 27th AND Mar. 6th This will be a Zoom event (zoom.us). Participants will receive their Zoom link to the class 30 … Continue reading Chicanx Indigenous Spirituality, Healing, & Well-being
April 13th – May 18th This on-line course will explore the role of Chicana/o/x identity and its impact on the lived experiences of the Chicana/o/x community.About this EventThis will be a Zoom event (Zoom.us) This is a 6 week on-line course series in Chicana/o/x Psychology. … Continue reading Explorations in Chicana/o/x Identity: A Chicanx Psychology Course
November 12, December 21, January 9 – 2020 Introductory Level – Level 1 This is a 3 Session On-line Training on a clinical approach to working successfully with Chicanx & Latinx clients. The entire series is a total of 7.5 hrs. with each session being … Continue reading Chicana/o/x Affirmative Therapy: Clinical Responsiveness & Mental Health
The Institute is a community-building entity focused on wellness and strengths of the Chicana/o/x community through the lens of Chicana/o/x Psychology. In our work, we address both risk and protective factors related to the wellness of the Chicana/o/x community, including historical factors of oppression as … Continue reading Institute of Chicana/o Psychology – Who We Are
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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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On-line course on Chicana/o/x Psychology. 6 part series hosted by the Institute of Chicana/o Psychology. About this Event You may register at the link below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/foundations-of-chicanaox-psychology-on-line-course-series-tickets-117877176809 This is a 6 week on-line course series in Chicana/o/x Psychology. This course is open to anyone with an … Continue reading Foundations of Chicana/o/x Psychology On-line Course Series – 2021
WEBINAR September 12th, 10:00am-12:00pm CST Social Justice is Wellness. This training will explore integrating social justice responsiveness in clinical work. About this Event This will be an on-line Webinar using zoom.us Social justice components are integral to the concepts of wellness and mental HEALTH. Holistic … Continue reading Social Justice Minded Practice & Frameworks