Building Connections Between the Immigrant Rights Movement and Narrative Therapy

with Nidya Ramirez Ibarra (Escondido, California)

Sunday, July 18, 2021: 4pm NY time

How haves the immigrant rights movement and immigrant rights voices resisted the negative dominant discourses about immigrants? What discourses and language haves the immigrant rights movement and immigrant leaders created? How has this discourse and language evolve and and influenced, particularly, how undocumented immigrant therapist and clients story themselves, their lives, and their work in the past and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nidya will discuss the connections she has found and utilized between the  immigrant rights movement and Narrative Therapy and how these have inspired her therapeutic work with clients.  A conversation with Latinx immigrant community members and therapists with an undocumented status will be facilitated. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the connections between immigrant rights narratives and Narrative Therapy framework and ideas
  2. Learn about least 2 Narrative therapy approaches with clients influenced by the immigrant rights movement and community responses to injustice
  3. Explore the experiences of undocumented therapists and immigrant community members in San Diego with storying their lives and work


Nidya Ramirez Ibarra is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who practices in Spanish, English, and Spanglish at a non-profit organization in Escondido, CA. In her work Nidya consults with Latinx immigrant families, individuals, and children who have experienced intimate partner violence and sexual abuse. Nidya received her Bachelor’s degree in Feminist Studies with an emphasis in law, politics, and social change and a minor in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Afterwards, she completed a Master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University. Prior to entering the mental health field Nidya worked alongside Latinx immigrants in North County San Diego  building power, social change, and community. As an undocumented immigrant with a DACA status herself she is aware of how systems and institutions of power directly affect the mental health and wellbeing of many Latinx immigrants in her community. Nidya’s personal and professional experiences have drawn her to Narrative therapy, social constructionist practices.