Classes meet on Zoom this Fall, with one exception. Participants must register in advance, and will receive the Zoom link for the class(es) they've signed up for by email the day before the class meets.
Decolonizing Mental Health: For Professionals and Others Supporting Activists
October 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDTFree
This workshop is a facilitated discussion for professionals who would like to more actively incorporate decolonization into anti-racism practices for mental health care. All those who are supporting people on front-lines social change efforts are welcome, regardless of discipline or credentials. We will consider concepts of wellness and illness; diagnoses; parallel and multiple realities; and collective, intergenerational, historical trauma and resilience. Because this is an very broad topic that requires sustained commitment over time, resources will be recommended for additional study and engagement beyond the workshop.
Erin Joy Seibert is a poet, artivist, and licensed social worker of mixed descent. EJ’s work is guided by interest in the intersections of collective healing, transformative education, and contemplative practice.
Luz A. Orozco, Muysca-Chibcha, Colombia. Luz Orozco holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Linguistics from Smith College, and a certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies from the Five Colleges. Currently, she is working with human rights and environmental movements for the protection of forests and rivers from fracking, as well as working with youth groups for the awareness of human rights violations committed by paramilitaries, guerrilla and criminal bands towards community leaders and environmentalists in Colombia. She is a member of the intertribal Coalition of Indigenous Activists for Santurban.
Kiley Powers is of Seminole-Creek ancestry on her father’s side, from Seminole, OK. Born and raised in Lawrence, KS, she moved to Western Massachusetts in 2020 and is pursuing her Bachelors degree in Psychology at UMass. Her goal is to become a therapist. She currently works part-time at the Baysate Vaccine Clinic. She has recently started to practice traditional ways since she was not exposed to many traditions as a child due to her family’s internalized racism, and is excited to connect with others who want to embrace the traditional ways.