433: Decolonizing Mental Health With Dr. Shawna Murray-Browne

36m | May 20, 2024

This week's episode, recorded live at Psychotherapy Networker in March, features a very special guest: Dr. Shawna Murray Browne, LCSW-C. I was so fortunate to spend time with Shawna as she spoke about what the process of decolonization and reconnecting to the land can look like. Her course, Decolonizing Therapy for Black Folks, was so deeply impactful for me, and I barely scratched the surface of it beginning four years ago. In our conversation we both shared about our personal experiences during our journeys toward decolonization, touching on many meaningful milestones along the way. I deeply admire Dr. Shawna Murray Browne, LCSW-C and I hope you will be equally inspired when you listen to or watch this episode of Therapy Chat. 

Listen to our conversation to learn about Shawna's training program in her Liberatory framework teaching therapists to recognize how our field is influenced by colonization and what we can do to begin working from a decolonization perspective. She speaks about how trauma can be transcended through this collective healing process and how she works with leaders and organizations to decolonize their ways of practicing. She paints an optimistic and hopeful picture of the resources available to assist those who don't have the means to access therapy, and describes some of the many valuable community resources available in her home city of Baltimore.

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