Liberatory Ideas and Embodied Practices | Social Justice & Inclusion Track, Mental Health Institute

NOTE: This event is specifically for Washington State attendees who are part of the behavioral health workforce.


This session is part of the Social Justice & Inclusion track of the Mental Health Institute.


This session is part of the Social Justice & Inclusion track of the Mental Health Institute. Anti-racism paradigm, a form of mental liberation, is a process of actively identifying and opposing racism. The goal of anti-racism is to challenge racism and actively change the policies, behaviors, and beliefs that perpetuate racist ideas and actions. Anti-racism is rooted in action. It is about taking steps to eliminate racism at the individual, institutional, and structural levels, especially in education and mental health. In this workshop, the presenters will discuss approaches to implement anti oppressive practices, specifically embodied awareness for anti-racism work with clients, and create opportunities for liberation work within the profession.

Contact hours will be available for participants who attend the entire session. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620,WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.

Session is 9a-3p PT

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Mariaimeé Gonzalez, PhD

Dr. Mariaimee GonzalezDr. Mariaimeé "Maria" Gonzalez, she/her/ella, is Professor of Counselor Education and Chair of the Master in Arts in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program at Antioch University Seattle. She is the co-founder of the Antioch University Latinx Mental Health and Social Justice Institute. Dr. Gonzalez earned her PhD and Master’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is an approved supervisor in the state of Washington and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. Currently, Dr. Gonzalez serves as the president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) of Washington, President Elect for the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, board member for the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Journal of Technology in Counselor Education and Supervision (JTCES), and member of the ACA Foundation. She co-edited, Experiential Activities for Teaching Social Justice and Advocacy Competence in Counseling, and currently working on research rooted in mental liberation and anti-oppression. She just finished serving as the ACA parliamentarian for 2021-22. The National Board of Certified Counselor’s feature Dr. Gonzalez in The Professional Counselor Journal Lifetime Achievement in Counseling series. She has been involved with global mental health for about 15 years and served as a United Nations delegate to advocate for global mental health, especially during the COVID pandemic.



Cleopatra Bertelsen, LMHC, LMP, RYT-200

Cleo Bertelsen


Cleopatra Bertelsen, PhD candidate, LMHC, LMP, RYT-200 graduated with a MA in Drama Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University, and a BFA in Theatre and Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts. Cleopatra’s work in private practice with adult clients is influenced by her background in theatre, art, and holistic wellness practices, as a registered yoga teacher, counselor, counselor educator, and artist. She utilizes creative arts modalities, mindfulness, and depth psychology through the lens of empowerment, social Justice, and liberation.  Currently, Cleopatra is completing her dissertation on Multiracial Counselors experiences with race while in counseling programs, and working towards her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision (CES) with a Creative Arts Cognate from Antioch University. She is the recipient of the CES Social Justice and Multicultural doctoral fellowship. Cleopatra graduated from the NWCEAI professional training in June 2022. Cleopatra is an avid learner, knitter, cook, and creative. In her free time, she spends time in nature and exploring new ways for creative expression. 




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Starts: Oct 27, 2022 9:00 am
Ends: Oct 27, 2022 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline
October 27, 2022
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