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CE Announcement - Decolonizing Mental Health Treatment: How Liberation Psychology Can Address Oppressive Sociopolitical Structures in Diverse Communities
Lido Wellness Center
3434 Via Lido
Newport Beach, California 92663
Saturday, December 02, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST
Category: Continuing Education

Decolonizing Mental Health Treatment:

How Liberation Psychology Can Address Oppressive Sociopolitical Structures in Diverse Communities

Brenda Liliana Gandara, Ph.D.

 Saturday, December 2, 2023

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  

Lido Wellness Center

3404 Via Lido, Suite 200

Newport Beach, Ca.  92663


Oppressive sociopolitical structures associated with economic, educational, and health disparities can be traced back to colonialism and the imposition of Western values on communities.   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. Historically, colonialism has also informed theory and practice in psychology, leading to non-inclusive and oppressive mental health models.  This 2-hour workshop will contextualize the present mental health model, define colonization and decolonization, and provide alternative practical clinical interventions aimed at decolonizing mental health models and promoting culturally informed mental health treatment.  


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 responsibilities include reviewing and correcting assessment items translated by linguists to increase precision and accuracy in word usage to avoid unwanted meanings. As 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.

 Fees    $  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”.

Those who attend the workshop and complete evaluation form will receive 2 continuing education credits.

For more information, please contact:

Andrew N. Schwartz, Ph.D.

[email protected]


Register Here:

CE - Decolonizing Mental Health Treatment

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