For information about our community liberation programs (e.g. trainings, charlas, etc), please reach out to Gladys at 971-471-9100.
This signature curriculum is entirely designed by the Latinx community for the Latinx community and developed in 2018 by our co-founder Dra Ruth Zuniga, in collaboration with a Promotores de Salud Advisory Committee and with the support of bi-lingual, bi-cultural graduate psychology students. This evidenced-based and community-focused curriculum is delivered in Spanish, uses popular education practices and is taught through 6 modules informed by Latinx sociocultural factors and current scientific research. The training focuses on addressing mental health stigma, , teaching self-care, self-regulation and co-regulation techniques, improving help-seeking behaviors, and addressing how to support the community regarding emotional health and wellness. The main goals of this training are to not only provide competencies in addressing these issues in the community, but also, to identify these concerns in self, family and others. Additionally, the training providers tools on how to support the community on accessing culturally responsive resources. The training is not only focused on the community by empowering and increasing the skills of community health workers (CHWs) to address mental health, but they are also meant to provide spaces for CHWs to focus on their own emotional health and healing.
The 6 modules are accredited for Continued Education Units through the Traditional Health Workers (THW) Commission in Oregon and provided in Spanish. The modules include stress management, depression, substance use disorders, healthy relationships/intimate partner violence, suicide and crisis intervention prevention, and how to speak with and support the community about emotional health and mental health. The training can be delivered in person or online. CHWs participants said they have built confidence and skills in addressing emotional health with community members, their families, and even themselves and reported improvements in their own emotional health.
This interactive Spanish training engages traditional health workers and Latinx community leaders in the topics of health and emotional well-being and community resilience in times of disaster and forest fires. Through three modules, participants learn concepts, skills, and tools to support and enhance the strength of their communities before, during, and after disasters, and most importantly, learn how to strengthen their own emotional health while preventing or coping with vicarious trauma , responding to trauma, and compassion fatigue that can come with serving the community. In addition, the training includes components of Liberation pedagogy, collective healing and trauma-informed care.
The content and format of this training has been guided by a community advisory board made up of Latinx leaders and health promoters working in areas affected by the wildfires. The training includes the didactics about trauma, toxic stress and adversities associated with climate change and wildfires, the development of culturally adapted mindfulness and resilience skills, tools and techniques that participants are be able to apply to promote resilience and well-being of their communities, coping mechanisms to better deal with the challenges of natural disaster, advocacy and tools to efficiently support their community. This training has been accredited for Continued Education Units through the Traditional Health Workers (THW) Commission in Oregon and provided in Spanish.
Las Charlas are community conversations on emotional health topics that are broadly accessible to the Latinx community. We pair a trained Promotor de Salud/CHW or Community Leader with an advanced mental health student trainee, or established clinician, to facilitate an interactive, informative, and culturally specific conversation on a series of mental health topics. These activities can be held in person when safe to do so or virtually. The charlas are typically 1 - 2 hours long and include sharing of information and psychoeducation. We adapt the charlas based on the needs of the community and per our partners requests. Time is left for the community to ask questions related to the topic and sessions are always taught in popular education format and include learning coping skills and other mental health tools. In 2020, we reached over 15,000 individuals across numerous different countries on Facebook Live. You can watch more about the charlas on a live-aired television segment here:
We partner with community-based organizations and public sectors to offer a series of trainings and/or group sessions focused on enhancing individual and collective resilience and self-care. Our curriculum is offered in English or Spanish and is highly adaptable to meet the needs of the participants. The trainings are focused on addressing the influence of current issues (e.g. impact of wildfires on Latinx communities, impact of COVID-19 on mental and emotional health) and on the emotional and mental health of community leaders and community helpers. Behavioral health competencies and skills are taught to enhance the connection between community leaders and those they serve, apply learned skills to support their own emotional wellness, and prevent secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burn out.
We travel to the community (e.g. migrant camps, health fairs, community events) to offer psychoeducation regarding different mental health topics. We provide culturally-grounded brief behavioral health interventions to individuas who may not have access to mental health resources. Through culturally adapted approaches, we support individuals’ motivation to seek mental health treatment. We also work to remove barriers that negatively influence their treatment access and utilization.
This project provides monthly free group sessions focused on resiliency building and self-care of community leaders and traditional healthcare workers (THWs) who have completed our mental health training. These sessions offer a sacred and healing space to honor lived experiences, process challenging emotions, learn resiliency and self-soothing techniques, and problem-solve challenging client cases encountered. Each Fortalezas session has a wellness theme informed by mindfulness-based interventions. Past themes have included: Introduction to Mindfulness, Using 5 Senses to Connect to the Moment; Recognizing Body Sensations and; Introduce Concept of Aversion, and Mindful Gratitude.
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