Using testimonio research, this study explores the immersion experiences of 15 counseling psychology students enrolled in an immersion program in Huejotal, Huaquechula. Based on core concepts of Liberation Psychology, this immersion program sought to increase students’ critical consciousness through conscientization, deideologization, denaturalization, and problematization. A thematic analysis of written testimonios includes coding, checks for internal validity, and the generation of important themes across student participants. Results revealed six themes: reclaiming identity; journeying with “nuestros ancestros and familias [our ancestors and families]”; “los niños [the children] as teachers”; cultural wealth; “comunidad como familia [community as family]”; and “cruzando fronteras [crossing borders]” as a call to social action. Results confirmed past research findings that liberation-based immersion courses could be empowering pedagogical experiences for counseling psychology students. This study expands the body of knowledge on counseling psychology immersion programs and has implications for future Liberation-Psychology-based immersion courses with LatinX communities.
Public Significance Statement: This study underscores the important role that Liberation- Psychology-based immersion courses may play in counseling psychology students’ personal and professional development. Findings have implications for future Liberation-Psychology-based immersion courses with LatinX communities.
Domínguez, Daniela; Hernandez-Arriaga, Belinda Marie; and Sharon, K. P., "Cruzando fronteras: Liberation psychology in a counseling psychology immersion program" (2020). Psychology. 64.