September 20, 2020 Collab Salon: Conversation between Liberation Psychology and Narrative ideas-practices

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  • September 20, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Conversation between Liberation Psychology and Narrative ideas-practices
Plática entre la Psicología de la Liberación y las ideas-prácticas Narrativas

with Juan Carlos Garcia Rivera (Choco)
Santa Tecla, El Salvador & Manhattan, New York.

Sunday, September 20, 2020: 5pm NY time

“Liberation frameworks have been present in many parts of the world and developed in their own ways. One among them, Liberation Psychology (LP), has its roots in Liberation Theology, Critical Pedagogy, and in the social movements of Latin America of the 1960s – 1980s. In my undergraduate studies in El Salvador I was exposed to the writings of one of LP’s key contributors, the social psychologist Ignacio Martín-Baró, assassinated in 1989. His ideas and provocations resonated deeply with me, and even though my journey so far has been mostly as a therapist, I have tried to carry LP’s insights in some way or another.

I was later introduced to Narrative therapy (NT) and its philosophical foundations in the master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy at San Diego State University. I could not help but to draw connections between LP and NT, even though associated to different sub-fields of psychology and coming from distant parts of the world. This Collab session deliberately invites these two models into dialogue, with the goal of enriching one another, lifting up the value of interdisciplinary encounters, and in this case, emphasize the implications and possibilities that emerge for Narrative ideas-practices. ” Choco

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Learn and dialogue about the core ideas of Liberation Psychology.
  2.  Explore the links between Liberation Psychology and Narrative ideas-practices.
  3. Identify and articulate the continuities and differences among both frameworks.
  4. Imagine the benefits of putting these LP and NT in conversation.

In Preparation



ChocoJuan Carlos (Choco) was born and raised in El Salvador, where he obtained a Bachelor’s in Science with a major in Psychology at Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA). After his undergraduate studies, he worked in a church community clinic and in private practice, providing low cost mental health services. In 2013 he was awarded a scholarship to attend San Diego State University’s Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, program with an emphasis on narrative therapy. Following the completion of his Masters, Juan Carlos worked for a year as a bilingual case manager with the homeless population in San Francisco, California, supporting primarily undocumented, Spanish speaking immigrants.

Choco returned to El Salvador in 2016 and worked as a professor of undergraduate psychology students, as a facilitator of mental health workshops in partnership with non-profit agencies, as a psychotherapist in private practice, and as research assistant in a project that explored the historical roots of social violence in the country. Since 2014, he has coordinated an immersion program that brings mental health practitioners to El Salvador, to learn about Liberation Psychology, and other theoretical-practical contributions from the Global South. Juan Carlos is currently a doctoral student in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology program at City University of New York, where he is integrating his work as a mental health practitioner with participatory action research.


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