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Resourcing the Self: Centering embodiment in decolonial approaches to therapy w/ Asia Tonja Marie Amos, PhD

October 16, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Western Eurocentric paradigms of mental health historically and presently wield incredible power in mental health research, conceptualization, and treatment. This power has unfortunately contributed to the continued subjugation of marginalized communities, specifically in its ability to pathologize the cultural behaviors of minoritized people. This results in research which: re-victimizes and overgeneralizes people’s experiences; produces practices that are “normed” on Western Eurocentric values on health and identity and thus harmful to communities of color; and creates policies that negatively impact minoritized communities whose voices are not centered in the research process. Recent studies within the mental health care field strive to reckon with the colonial legacy of mental health research and treatment by proposing decolonial approaches to therapy. During this presentation, participants will explore the theoretical basis for the timeliness and necessity of adopting a decolonial approach to mental health treatment and research. Furthermore, participants will discuss the significance of applying decolonial approaches to therapy and explore the use of somatics and embodiment as decolonial tools in the therapeutic process.


This event is Hybrid.

Clinical Lecture Series trainings are for students, professionals, and community members interested in therapeutic practices that are anti-oppressive, intersectional, and centered on self-determination. 

Free of charge for UNC School of Social Work students, faculty, staff, and practicum instructors. 2 CE for behavioral health clinicians including social workers, psychologists, and counselors.

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October 16, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Marie Finnigan


325 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3550 United States
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