CHANTAL FIGUEROA PHD
Critical Mental Health Strategist
I work across the fields of education and behavioral health to design mental health strategies that center Latine communities.
My name is Chantal Figueroa, PhD. I am a Guatemalan scholar/teacher specialized in Critical Mental Health Awareness
I design mental health strategies for educational and behavioral health institutions looking to better serve their community.
WHAT IS CRITICAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS?
Critical Mental Health Awareness is a concept developed by Psychologist Ignacio Martín-Baró that refers to the ability to be critical about the political, social and emotional issues that affect our mental health.
Critical Mental Health Awareness is the ability to define what mental health means by recognizing what symptoms are a response to oppression and which ones stem from mental illness. The ability to differentiate between the two makes mental health a political issue that centers social justice as a form of mental health care.
I believe that mental health is an educational issue as such it is political. That is why my goal is to design mental health strategies that engage in critical mental health awareness.
Fomenting Critical Mental Health Awareness
RESEARCH & EVALUATIONS
I design participatory assessments to evaluate the culture of mental health of an institution or community. Together with co-participants, we provide recommendations that foster a culture of critical mental health.
Critical Mental Health Awareness
I train educators and mental health professionals to develop a critical lens, to recognize the systemic ways in which mental health is impacted, in order to better serve their Latinx students and clients.
Are you interested on taking a workshop?
I provide workshops where I teach how to develop critical mental health awareness the classroom, during therapy or in any institution.
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