Let Music be the Reminder to Come Home to Yourself
When a person tells their story, chances are they might have missed connections that supported identity development as the protagonist of their own life. In this workshop, we will explore the transformational effects of music - not only as a therapeutic intervention but as the missing link that can propel a person in their efforts of living life. Inspired by my commitment to give trouble to the problem stories society has created for all of us, let’s offer the space to reclaim our connection to ourselves in a way that is less professionalized and much more inclusive of personal agency and freedom.
Based on the premise that having a bias does not make us bad people (it’s what we do about them that matters), this program is not about blame. It is, instead about providing participants with specific skills for becoming aware of and defeating unconscious bias.
As a light brown-skinned female who immigrated from Brazil, Danna arrived in the United States with many hopes for the future. As a young clinician, she was drawn even further towards her commitments to the community when she developed a particular interest in examining what kind of knowledges informed psychological practices. As these ideas solidified, she embraced aspects of therapy that invited people to broaden the ways they think about themselves and others. Once she obtained an MFT licensure in California, she worked closely with the LatinX community at a local children’s hospital in San Diego where she was privileged to witness the perseverance of families seeking her help in the face of adversity and life constraints.
Her clinical work focused on helping children and adolescents who experienced self-harm and suicidal behaviors. Working on the behavioral health frontlines with economically disadvantaged families sparked her interest in pursuing her doctoral studies. Without reservations, she made the commitment to diversity and social equity extended to supporting young therapists in a mentorship role. As an AAMFT-approved supervisor, she dedicated her time to help students and interns focusing on culturally sensitive practices as well as providing supervision in English and Spanish. In her teaching, she attempts to recapture the essence of relational ethics between learner and mentor. She hopes that the considerations and efforts to reverse traditional hierarchical roles in academia can offer new possibilities in a sacred space of learning where the importance of examining our own values/ethics facilitate conversations for rich and equity-based learning.