Los Angeles Chapter  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Liberation and Decolonized Mental Health Practices

  • 08/07/2022
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online Via Zoom


  • LA-CAMFT Members (Login Required)
  • Login Required
  • Other CAMFT Chapter Members (Must enter name of chapter)
  • Other CAMFT Chapter Associates, Students and Trainees (Must enter name of chapter)
  • CSCSW Members (Must enter code to register)
  • Non-Members
  • Prelicensed Non-Member
  • Registration for event speakers, sponsors, others

Registration is closed

LA-CAMFT's  Diversity Committee

Liberation and Decolonized
Mental Health Practices

Dr. Edil Torres Rivera, Ph.D.

Sunday, August 7, 2022
12:00 pm-4:00 pm

Via Zoom

4 CEUs

Theoretical Foundations for Liberation Psychology
What is decolonized Mental Health?

Dr. Edil Torres Rivera, Ph.D.

There is a growing body of literature that addresses colonialism and its impact in different disciplines such as psychology and education (Goodman & Gorski, 2015; McLaren et al., 2000). The literature posits that WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic) concepts not only dominates the discourse regarding what research and knowledge should be, but also what is known about people. These conceptions about research and knowledge are problematic since they continue to perpetuate Western societies ideas that undermine diversity, inclusion, and development of critical thinking within academic spaces (Macleoud et al., 2020). Furthermore, it does not allow mental health professionals to approach clients from a culturally appropriate stance. Therefore, this workshop will provide the audience with applicable approaches that are based in liberation and decolonial processes.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Review concepts of liberation and decolonization in the counseling process.
  2. Understand a problem-solving approach to counseling and therapy.
  3. Learn and apply approaches of counseling and therapy that embrace liberation concepts.
  4. Practice problematization approaches to counseling and therapy.

    Dr. Edil Torres Rivera has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in multicultural counseling from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is a professor of counseling and the director of the Latinx Cluster Initiative at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. Edil Torres Rivera is native Puerto Rican with a career of over 25 years in counseling. This includes 12 years in the United States Army. He is the president elect of the American Counseling Association (2022-2023).

    Dr. Torres Rivera research interests are in multicultural counseling, group work, chaos theory, liberation psychology (decolonial approaches), indigenous counseling, Puerto Rican studies, identity development, and gang/prison-related behavior. Specifically, his primary research focuses on complexity and how indigenous healing techniques are a necessary ingredient when working with ethnic minority populations in the United States. Dr. Torres Rivera has additional interests in studying the implications of social injustice and oppression in counseling and psychotherapy with ethnic minorities in the United States.

    His community work includes consultation services to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Council in Nevada, visiting professor to the Universidad del Valle, Guatemala, and he was the director of the Graduate School of Education’s School Counseling Program in Singapore

    For more information, contact Christina "Tina" Cacho Sakai or Leanne Nettles.

    Licensed Therapists, Associates, Students, & Related Professionals

    Event Details: 
    Sunday, August 7, 2022, 12:00-4:00 pm
    11:50: Check-In

    Online Via Zoom

    Your registration confirmation email will include the Zoom link and instructions for accessing the event. A reminder email will be sent 1-2 days prior to the event.

    (To be sure you receive any information we send prior to the event, please add diversitycommittee@lacamft.org to your known contacts or safe list and check your bulk, junk or promotions mailboxes for any emails from us about this event.)

    $45 LA-CAMFT Members/
    Other CAMFT Chapter Members/CSCSW Members
    $20 LA-CAMFT/Other CAMFT Associates/Students/Trainees 
    $25 Pre-Licensed Non-Member
    $60 Non-Members

    4 CEUs Provided

    Registration CLOSES Sunday, August 7th at 10 am.

    Register Online today for a Quick & Easy Check-In.

    CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider 59450. This course meets the qualifications for 4 continuing education credits for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists. Participants will receive an evaluation form as part of the sign in/out form and must complete form at the conclusion of course in order to receive CE.

    Refund policy: 48-hour notice required for refund of fee minus $5.00 administrative cost. Exceptions can be made for 48-hour notice in cases of emergency. Contact Christina "Tina" Cacho Sakai at PresidentElect@LACAMFT.org.

    Accommodations for Special Needs: Contact Christina "Tina" Cacho Sakai at PresidentElect@LACAMFT.org.

    Grievances: Program Administrator, Valerie "Billie" Klayman, manages all grievances—and will acknowledge, investigate and remedy grievances. Response to grievances will be made in writing within 30 days. Contact her at cfo@lacamft.org.

    Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software