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Juan Carlos

Liberation Psychology: Historical, Clinical, and Ethical Considerations




Juan Carlos will be presenting on Liberation Psychology: Historical, Clinical, and Ethical Considerations

The University of Arkansas Counselor Education Program will be offering eight clock hours of NBCC continuing education for the  conference. 

The fee is $30.00. There will be an hour break for lunch on  your own.

What is Liberation Psychology?

Liberation Psychology grew out of the struggles faced by persons  suffering economic oppression. Liberation Psychology was developed and  founded by Psychologist and Jesuit Priest, Ignacio Martin-Baró  (1942–1989) who lived and practiced in El Salvador. Libera­tion  psychology is about looking at the world from the point of view of the  oppressed instead of the oppressors.

Historical, clinical, and ethical considerations will be  reviewed. Mental health professionals, clergy, advocates, and concerned  persons are encouraged to attend.

"Liberation psychology is a body of thought and  practice centrally concerned with the experience, knowledge and action  of those who have been excluded and marginalized. The effects of  dominant power and its structures on the oppressed are explored,  together with the lived impacts of poverty, social injustice,  censorship, repression and violence. Liberation psychologists aim to  hear, amplify, and incorporate in their theory and practice the voices  and knowledge of those “others” most affected by the kinds of oppression  identified above." Mark Burton

About our presenter:

Juan Carlos 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 finishing his  undergraduate studies, Juan Carlos worked in a church community clinic  and in private practice, providing low cost therapy services to clients  of all ages and backgrounds. In 2013 he was awarded a Fulbright  scholarship to attend San Diego State University’s Masters in Marriage  and Family Therapy, program with an emphasis on social justice,  multiculturalism and community engagement. Following the completion of  his Masters, Juan Carlos worked for a year as a bilingual case manager  with the homeless population in San Francisco, supporting primarily  undocumented, spanish speaking clients. 

While attending San Diego State University, Juan Carlos  collaborated with professors and colleagues to create an El Salvador  immersion program. Each year, international therapists and other  professionals visit El Salvador and engage with local communities to  learn about the country’s history, the effects of the recent civil war,  the foundations of Liberation Psychology and its ethical implications  for therapeutic practice. Upon returning to El Salvador in 2016, Juan  Carlos has been working as a professor teaching undergraduate psychology  students, facilitating mental health workshops in partnership with  non-profit agencies, seeing clients in private practice, and assisting  in research on the historical roots of violence in the country. In  August of 2018, he will begin a doctoral program in Critical  Social/Personality Psychology at City University of New York.


How do I register?

Tickets can be purchased at:

Is lunch included?

No. There will be an hour break for lunch on your own.

How and when will I get my CEU certificate?

There will be a sign in sheet for each attendee who is getting CEUs. You will include:

Name (legible, as it should appear on the CEU certificate)

Time in/time out

Email (also legible, as this is how you will receive their certificate)

No certificates will be emailed unless payment has been received and the person has attended the full event. 

Who do I contact with any questions?

Please contact Paul Moore at

Proud supporters of the Liberation Psychology: Historical, Clinical, and Ethical Considerations conference include:

The Northwest Arkansas Worker's Justice Center

Client Focused Counseling