Trainings & Workshops for Mental Health

Wednesday July 8th @7 pm (pst) Curanderismo: The Original Narrative Therapy- What Tezcatlipoca Can Teach Us About Our Sombra

This webinar -- facilitated specifically for Black, Indigenous, People of Color self-identified mental health practitioners in both private and community mental health settings-- will explore ways in which mainstream, Eurocentric, colonial frameworks in psychotherapy actually reinforce trauma and distress in BIPOC communities. We will unpack and look within our own internalized oppression and how it inhibits our ability to show up fully connected to our intuition and ancestral medicine. We will leave with practical decolonial therapy tools and exercises to include in our medicine basket.

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Maestra Grace Alvarez Sesma is a curandera and cultural practitioner. Through her curanderismo practice she uses traditional Indigenous ways to address the whole person: body, emotions, mind, relationships, and spirit.

Grace was called to the medicine ways in dreams from early childhood; and, beginning in her late teens through her 30’s, was visited in the dreamtime by a group of Indigenous Grandmothers dressed in the traditional clothing of various nations (tribes). They gave her teachings and urged her to return to the ways of the Ancestors, of the Medicine, in preparation for the days to come when she, and other women, would help usher in and support the return of the energy of the Grandmothers; the spiritual power that would be helping restore balance between the feminine and the masculine in the world as well as bring forth the call from Mother Earth for a return to respecting land, water, and holy places.

Grace considers this path to be one of life-long learning, and is committed to continuing to deepen her understanding of health and healing as well as doing her own inner work in order to be of service to the best of her ability, to her community and to the areas where she is invited to share her medicine. She continues her work with emphasis in respectfully reclaiming traditional culture and healing practices.

Learn more by visiting her website here.

Beginning Thursday July 9th @3-5 pm (pst) Virtual Xinachtli Circles: A Rite of Passage for Adolescents Based on Indigenous Wisom & Mother Nature 

This will be 8 meetings every Tuesday & Thursday starting July 9th-August 4th. Join Corazón Counseling and Daniela Macias from @ancestral.healing13 as we host the Virtual Xinachtli Circles for the first time. For ages 13-15.

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Xinachtli is a program for adolescents ages 13-15 that will give them the tools to connect to one another as well as to their indigenous roots and mother nature.

Xinachtli is a comprehensive and culturally-competent bicultural youth character development process designed to provide teen girls the guidance for a healthy development into adulthood. Based on indigenous principles of the individual’s interconnectedness to the family, the community, and nation, this curriculum provides a dialectic process of Refleccion (reflection), Concientizacion (critical consciousness), Creacion (creation), and Accion (action) while supporting and building on the strengths of the individual. The curriculum incorporates an educational and organizing process to develop leadership capacity and personal community responsibility in participants that will allow them to serve as peer mentors, guides or advocates for other girls.

​Xinachtli provides an awareness of the female's importance to the earth and the heavens. This program's information and activities enables young women to reinforce or begin to build a strong foundation as positive and secure individuals. In understanding the natural world around them, participants will begin to see themselves as sacred as the world around them. 

Thursday July 16th @ 6pm (pst) Raising Anti-Racist Children: A Dialogue & Reflection for Latinx/Chicanx Families

This will be a panel discussion which will provide you with knowledge on the origins of racism and colorism in the Latinx community, and how internalized oppression has negatively impacted our mental and emotional well-being as parents. Our conversation will end with a powerful reflective exercise on examining our own biases and will challenge us to take action to raise children grounded and rooted in love, justice and liberation! See below for more information on the panelists. 

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Leslie Priscilla Arreola-Hillenbrand has worked with children and families for over 13 years. Leslie shares her medicine by offering coaching, workshops, support and advocacy for Latinx/Chicanx families locally, nationally and internationally via her organization Latinx Parenting.



Dr. Maricela Becerra is an assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture at CSU Channel Islands. Her research focuses on State violence, trauma, and memory in Latin America. Dr. Becerra specializes in contemporary Mexican social movements and social justice.


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Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter, DSW, is a published author , professor of social work at California Baptist University & CEO of Caribbeans Moms Network. An advocate for social justice and change, she has dedicated her career to help bring awareness to disparities in healthcare experiences and various issues affecting women and children.


Perinatal Mental Health Course for Birth Workers

This Perinatal Mental Health & Emotional Wellness training highlights the importance of Allied Birth Professionals in preventing & decreasing perinatal mood & anxiety disorders, in addition to supporting parents struggling with perinatal loss & emotional birth trauma.


Through Ritual and Ceremony, role plays, small group discussions and presentations & through personal reflections, our advanced Trauma-Informed Training ensures birth workers are well prepared to provide families with wrap-around support during pregnancy, labor, postpartum, & early parenting. We also dedicate time to developing self -care & community care strategies to prevent burn out.

  • Recommended for Professionals with experience of 2 or more years in the field of Perinatal Health (Pregnancy, birth, Postpartum)
  • This training course is approved as an Advanced Course for Affiliated Professionals Required for the Postpartum Support International Certification in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C).

Host A Community Workshop

Our team members are available to speak and facilitate workshops for your next training, conference, and or staff meeting.


  • Heal the Healer: Self Compassion and Self Care for the helping professional
  • Maternal Mental Health-Therapeutic Interventions
  • Holistic Mental Health Practices in Latino/Chicano Community
  • Adolescent girls: My Sacred Moon Time (menarche)
  • Healing the activists heart: addressing vicarious trauma among social justice organizers/activists, and social workers
  • Intergenerational trauma and its impact on the next 7 generations
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Rites of Passage such as menarche/puberty, marriage, and pregnancy/birth are sacred moments in a women’s life that deserve to be celebrated and honored in a special way. Let me help you bring ritual and ceremony to yours.

I gather the wisdom of my indigenous ancestral knowledge, the teachings of my grandmothers and traditional elders who have passed on these beautiful ceremonies, respectfully with their blessing I share these teachings in a good way.

Let’s create a beautiful rite of passage ritual for you or a loved one. We could work together and co-facilitate or I could plan and facilitate the ritual with your guidance. Contact me to further discuss the details.

Let us help you with...

  • First Moon (girls coming of age)
  • Bridal Blessing (preparation for marriage)
  • Mother Blessing (preparation for motherhood)
  • Moon Pause (preparation for menopause)