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Decolonization of Mental Health Practices (In-Person Workshop)

Event Date:

September 15, 2024

Event Time:

10:00 am

The decolonization of mental health practices is complex, yet essential to the healing process within ourselves, our clients, and our systems. These are processes affecting everyone whether it’s conscious or unconscious. Bringing awareness to our location in colonization can support us in our decolonization journeys. Components of decolonization include recognizing how colonization has impacted everything around us, unpacking our ways of existing, and thinking as mental health professionals. This interactive workshop focuses on fostering a deeper examination of colonization in our ecological systems, specifically the mental health system. There is a focus on our internalization of colonization practices and how we can uproot or challenge processes that do not feel aligned with client-centered work. We also begin to explore our relationship to colonization both personally and professionally. The latter half of the workshop will cover decolonial perspectives such as liberation psychology and the radical healing framework. We will use interactive activities with intentional breaks to facilitate the learning process.  

The workshop will be hosted at 661 W Lake St, Suite 2S, Chicago, IL 60661. Light refreshments will be provided.


Workshop Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define colonization and decolonization in the mental health field
  2. Participants will be able to identify at least two examples of the impact of colonization in mental health practices
  3. Participants will examine their own relationship to colonization
  4. Participants will learn how to apply a decolonial mentality through the use of liberation psychology and interactive activities


About the Speaker:

Victoria Doobay, Ph.D. (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, supervisor, and clinical training manager at DePaul Family and Community Services (FCS). She is also a registered yoga teacher and teaches in various community spaces. She obtained her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. At FCS, Victoria provides individual, family, and group therapy to children, adolescents, and families both in the clinic and community settings, as well as supervises graduate students. She also conducts and supervises psychological assessments.

Victoria holds a growth mindset in regards to the mental health field and is an active advocate for examining and holding ourselves accountable to respectful care. Victoria provides support from a decolonial perspective incorporating various healing modalities for mind, body, and spirit, such as mindfulness, yoga and body awareness/movement, and art/music expression. Victoria is also a lifelong learner dedicated to unpacking the internalization of colonization within herself.


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Event FAQs

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made 48 hours or more in advance of the event date will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made on the day of the event will not be refunded. Please email us at to cancel your registration.

Registration for CEUs

This workshop fulfills the requirements for 3 CE credits. CE sponsorship is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and credits are applicable to LCSW and transferrable to LCPC in Illinois. If you have a different licensure or are licensed outside of Illinois, please check with your licensure body before purchasing.

Please note that we require your live attendance in order to issue CE certificates. If you are unable to attend live, please let us know at least 48 hours before the event.

Please enter your licensure information in the Google form provided in our follow-up email to ensure the prompt issue of CE certificates after the workshop.

Event Schedule Details

  • September 15, 2024 10:00 am   -   1:00 pm
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