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Latinx Center of Excellence Hosts Terapia Solidaria Workshop

The Latinx Center of Excellence at the School of Social Welfare will host a two-day workshop, "Terapia Solidaria: Narrative Therapy Practice in Solidarity with Latinx Communities" with presenters marcela polanco and Luna Calderon.



This workshop will be presented in Spanish and will provide:

  • An overview of narrative therapy practice concepts as developed by Michael White and David Epston
  • An overview of marcela polanco’s terapia solidaria
  • An opportunity to observe role-play demonstrations and practice in small groups.

Registration Information

Thursday, February 21 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday, February 22 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Register for this event.

Registration closes on February 7, 2019.


California State East Bay Conference Center

1000 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607


$25 for behavioral health practitioners

$10 for students

CE Credits

7 CEs will be available for interested participants



marcela polaco, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at San Diego State University and a narrative family therapist. marcela’s supervision, teaching, research and therapy are informed by the work of Latin American academic and social activists, anti-racist Andean feminisms and the ethics of solidarity. marcela has done extensive work in the narrative therapy community in order to create narrative practices that are responsive to and rooted in frameworks that are uniquely Latinx and Latin American including the concepts of solidaridad (solidarity), magical realism, testimonies (witnessing practices) and resistencia (resistance). marcela is interested in training behavioral health providers who speak English and Spanish, Spanglish, Tex Mex, Chicanx, Pocho or other borderland linguistic expressions.

Luna Calderon is a hybrid Latina; she was born in Brazil and raised in Mexico and the US. She received her MSW at UCB in 1987. She also received an MFA in Creative Writing From Mills College in 1998. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has practiced social work in various behavioral health settings in the Bay Area including the Department of Public Health in San Francisco, Kaiser Permanente, and San Mateo County, with a focus on serving Latinx and LGBTQ communities. She is passionate about behavioral health practices that are collaborative, justice-promoting and culturally-rooted. Currently, she is the director of the Latinx Center Excellence at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare and a lecturer. She has the honor of teaching (and learning) Narrative Practices with Vulnerable Populations, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Foundations of Multilevel Social Work Practice.



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