Austin Group Psychotherapy Society

Diversity Dialogue "Ulysses Syndrome: Working with Extreme Migratory Grief"

  • Sunday, December 12, 2021
  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Online Event
  • 16

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Hosted by: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee & facilitated by 
Alejandra Spector, LMSW


“You ask me my name. I shall tell you. My name is nobody and nobody is what everyone calls me.” (Odyssey, Song IX, 360).

This dialogue will focus on how mental health practitioners can support immigrant clients and how grief may present for these individuals. Alejandra will share her experience of working with immigrants who have experienced extreme violence and how it continues to shape her work and world view. Discussion will also explore the role of therapists in the struggle for immigrants’ rights and social justice movements.

Charge: There is no charge for this event.

Note: All therapists and students in the therapy field are welcome.

Facilitator: Alejandra Spector, LMSW, received her Master's Degree in Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to graduate school, Alejandra was the Director of Outreach for Mexicanos en Exilio, a non-profit dedicated to assisting Mexican activists and reporters gain political asylum while continuing to speak out against state corruption and impunity, and was invited to speak nationally and internationally on the situation on the U.S. Mexico border. Most of her career has been focused on immigrant and refugee mental health. She is currently a therapist at Colors of Austin Counseling, a social justice-orientated group practice.

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