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A Brief Overview of the Colonial Roots of Psychiatry: Critical Mental Health Awareness for BIPoC Communities

Why Mental Health is Political

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In this webinar presented by Chantal Figueroa PhD you will learn about the origins of psychiatry and why communities of color need to develop critical mental health awareness. Based on a Latin American framework of mental health developed by Ignacio Martín-Baró, the goal of this webinar is to guide you in defining what mental health means to you and your community in order to politicize wellbeing.

This webinar will be presented :

1. A short history of the colonial roots of the field of psychiatry

2. A critical overview of the values implicit in a western understanding of mental health

3. The four pillars of a Latin American understanding of mental health as developed by Ignacio Martín-Baró and why this definition of mental health is important for communities of color

4. A social media strategy to develop critical mental health awareness

Supported by the theories of four international scholars this webinar provides an overview of the ways in which oppression can become medicalized and why mental health is as a political issue especially for communities of color.




Your Instructor


Chantal Figueroa Ph.D.
Chantal Figueroa Ph.D.

Chantal Figueroa PhD is a Guatemalan femme and an interdisciplinary scholar specialized in designing programs that foster critical mental health awareness. Dr. Figueroa builds on critical, queer, feminist and decolonial theory to investigate what mental health looks like for Latinx communities that have been systemically traumatized, and how to then, politicize wellbeing and resilience.

As a consultant, Dr. Figueroa conducts assessments, designs mental health curricula, offers trainings and, provides policy recommendations to educators, mental health practitioners, and institutions wanting to support the mental health of the Latinx community they serve.

email: [email protected]


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