PORTFOLIO 2019-2020

 
 

USC's IMMIGRANTS AND GLOBAL MIGRATION INITIATIVE

From this work, Chantal Figueroa has been recognized as a country conditions expert on psychiatric disability by the National Qualified Representative Program. As a transnational and interdisciplinary scholar, Figueroa's work demarcates why it is important to focus on the mental health of Central American peoples from their home countries to the United States

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION GUATEMALA 

Teacher Training

During the Summer of 2019, with the support of the Ministry of Education of Guatemala, I trained 250 K-12 teachers on gender violence prevention using the violence framework developed by Dr. Cecilia Menjivar. This training was an effort to center Mental Health through violence prevention strategies.

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NALGONA POSITIVITY PRIDE

Webinar 

In this  webinar on critical mental health awareness you will learn:

  1. A short history of the colonial roots of the field of psychiatry

  2. A critical overview of the values implicit in a western understanding of mental health

  3. The four pillars of a Latin American understanding of mental health 

  4. A social media strategy to develop critical mental health awareness

This webinar provides an overview of the ways in which oppression can become medicalized and why mental health is a political issue especially for communities of color. 

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JOY + JUSTICE Collab
Empowering summit presenter

The question, what is mental health? Has led my exploration of healing and critical consciousness.  As a Guatemalan queer woman, I grew up in Guatemala City during the internal armed conflict and I came to theory to name the violence I had experienced and witnessed, I needed theory to heal. I also needed to understand how the context of war shaped what mental health could be in Guatemala. 

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VOCES DE MUJERES

Radio Interview 

Voces de Mujeres is a women-run radio show of the Universidad de San Carlos, the public University. In this interview, I explained how the systems of mental health work in Guatemala and why it is important to educate for the prevention of gender violence as a first step for mental health. You can find my interview here! It is in Spanish!

 THE 12TH CUMBRE JUVENIL LATINX

Keynote Speaker 

During this Keynote, I spoke to Latinx teenagers about the importance of developing critical mental health awareness and how to value our Latinx culture to develop healthy coping mechanisms and resilience. As research shows La Cultura Cura!

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TESTIMONIALS

"Chantal, our client was granted asylum!!! The Immigration Judge relied very heavily on your declaration to grant asylum.Thank you so much for your hard work on this case – it truly would not have been possible without you."

Senior Immigration Attorney

"Dr. Figueroa's explanation is very clear, wide and shows the commitment she has with the work, we would very much like to continue with violence prevention training like this one, it has been very enriching "

K-12 Social Science Teacher, Guatemala City