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OCPA Worship-Decolonizing Mental Health Treatment
Chicago School of Professional School of Psychology
2400 E. Katella Avenue #1200
Anaheim, California 92806
Saturday, June 24, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Category: Continuing Education

Decolonizing Mental Health Treatment - CE

Colonialism has been associated with the violent imposition and overestimation of Western values on those subject to it.  A cultural overestimation of Western values may be seen in a variety of social systems, including those in the political, economic, educational, health care and religious spheres.  As a result of the overestimation of Western values, a non-inclusive practice of psychology may have led to further oppression of the historically colonized.  This two hour workshop will contextualize the present mental health model, define colonization and decolonization, and provide practical clinical and institutional interventions to address the decolonizing of the mental health field.

By the end of the workshop, the attendees can:

1.     Identify two examples of colonization.
2.     Describe at least two Western cultural values that have affected mental health treatment.
3.     List three mental health interventions both at a personal and institutional level.
Dr. Brenda Liliana Gandara, a private practice Psychologist in Orange County, received her Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M University.  She is a Bilingual Subject-Matter Expert-Psychology for Lionbridge.  Dr. Gandara's responsibilities include reviewing and correcting assessment items translated by linguists to increase precision and accuracy in word usage to avoid unwanted meanings.  As a Spanish-speaking licensed Psychologist with Heritage Clinic in Long Beach, Dr. Gandara was responsible for community outreach services to reach underserved and culturally diverse populations.  She also helped establish collaboration with multidisciplinary professionals and community members to create an environment conducive of providing excellent psychological services.


$  60  Non-members     

$  40  CPA Members

$  40  OCPA Members
Free   Students

“CPA is co-sponsoring with Orange County Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.”

Contact: Andrew Schwartz, Ph.D., [email protected]