Trainings & Workshops for Mental Health

Wednesday June 24th @ 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. 

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.


Emilia Ortega-Jara, LCSW, is the founder and director of Corazón Counseling. Her therapeutic work with families and birthing people incorporates traditional indigenous wisdom and evidence based psychotherapy techniques, bringing in a social justice framework into her healing practice.


Sunday June 28th @ 5pm (pst) Zines as Birth Stories: The Power of DIY Creations to Rite Our Cuentos

This workshop is intended for all people who have experienced pregnancy (including partners), no matter the outcome as well as birth workers. We want to honor the birth stories of those who have experienced miscarriage, still birth, abortion as well as full-term birth. Brenda will be sharing with us just what exactly zines are, how to make one and how birth stories transformed into zines can be used as a tool for healing.  

Brenda Montaño  is a Xicana Califas native, DIY media maker, birth worker, educator and mama. She has always recognized the power of the written and spoken word and now, as a mother, has been enlightened by the magic of birth.

She runs the Zines With Sol Distro which carries zines all focused on liberation parenting and birth work, body autonomy and decolonial medicine.

Brenda is also the creator of the Zine Doula, a project meant to support folks in their own zine creations. Her work is grounded in Xicanisma, environmentalism and grassroots organizing. Outside of media making and birth work, Brenda loves spending time outside with her plantitas and ancestor trees, laughing with her community, and learning new, necessary, self sustaining skills in preparation for the revolution.


Check out more of her work @zineswithsol or visit

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
Corazon Counseling Team


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)