Chicanx Affirmative Approach to Therapy

Presented by Manuel X. Zamarripa, PhD, LPC-S on 04-17-2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa, LPC-S will discuss a framework of mental health and mental health services that is not only responsive to, but centers the culture and experiences of individuals from Chicanx backgrounds. A Chicanx Affirmative perspective will be the underlying foundation of this training. This is the assumption that centralizing culture and a positive perception of one’s own cultural background can and should be facilitated in psychotherapy with Chicanx/Latinx clients.

Dr. Zamarripa will discuss foundational aspects of "Browning" counseling, describe how traditional/individualistic concepts in mental health can be culturally incongruent for Chicanx/Latinx populations, and review ways to decolonize the current notion of mental health. While the mental health field continues to move toward inclusivity of diverse populations, many of the foundational concepts are still rooted in Western and individualistic worldviews. Chicanx experiences and history include a varying sense of what constitutes wellness and well-being as well as what constitutes appropriate help-seeking behaviors. If psychotherapy and the mental health field are to be responsive to this population, they must incorporate a broader view of these notions, as well as the therapist not only being responsive but also being more affirming Chicanx experiences. In this web conference, Dr. Zamarripa will identify some of these varying notions and how to incorporate them in a therapeutic context with this population. This includes understanding and attending to acculturation and generational status. Dr. Zamarripa will also discuss addressing and responding to issues of identity development, family dynamics, and spirituality in psychotherapy.

Topics covered in this presentation will include:

  • Tenets of a Chicanx Psychology
  • Individualistic v. Collectivistic Values
  • Traditional Counseling Assumptions
  • Chicanx Affirmative Therapy

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Gain an understanding of varying notions of mental well-being from a Chicanx perspective.
  2. Distinguish individualistic and collectivistic worldviews.
  3. Understand ways to “brown” counseling interventions for Chicanx populations.
  4. Identify how traditional concepts in mental health treatment may be incongruent with Chicanx populations.
  5. Discuss how a focus on identity, family, and spirituality are key in a Chicanx Affirmative approach.

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: This program presents a counseling approach that includes, but extends traditional, individualistic approaches that are the foundation of the mental health field to include more collectivistic thought and frameworks. The approach described here draws on the large body of theory and research in multicultural counseling and Latinx Psychology (e.g. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Latinx Psychology, Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development) to create a unique approach (Chicanx Affirmative approach). The approach poses questions and possible future directions for the field in serving Chicanx populations that is established on current ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. As always, however, misapplication of psychotherapeutic interventions with mentally vulnerable populations can lead to harmful outcomes.

Declaration of conflicts of interest and/or commercial support: The presenter conducts trainings, provides clinical services, and has written articles and book chapters related to the content of this program.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety. To receive CE credit hours for an archived recording, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events are generally considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

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Meet the Presenter

Manuel X. Zamarripa, PhD, LPC-S

Manuel X. Zamarripa, PhD, LPC-S

Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa, LPC-S is the director and co-founder of the Institute of Chicana/o Psychology based in Austin, Texas where he conducts community workshops as well as professional development training for 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 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. Previous experiences include Academic Program Director and Associate Professor in Clinical Mental Health and Counselor Education departments where his teaching focused on Multicultural Counseling, Diversity in Leadership, and Mexican American Counseling and Mental Health.

Dr. Zamarripa has facilitated over 70 national and state professional presentations/trainings in psychology and education on issues of cultural responsiveness, social justice, psycho-social factors of academic achievement, and leadership. His publications (peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters) focus on counseling, assessment, and teaching of Chicanx and Latinx populations.

His 20 years of clinical experience includes working with individual adults, adolescents, couples, and families in community and education settings (rural and urban) from varied economic and cultural backgrounds. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and approved supervisor and received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Counseling Psychology, his MS from Our Lady of the Lake in Counseling Psychology, and his BA from the University of Notre Dame in Psychology.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • Logo This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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