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SBCPA/VCPA Salon: Decolonial Indigenous Psychology, Identity, and Dreamwork with Indigenous Peoples with Barbara Bain, M.S., PhD.

  • 31 Mar 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


  • Clinicians who are NOT members of either SBCPA or VCPA are welcome to join this training. The cost of the training includes the fee for applying for CE credits for licensed professionals (psychologists and licensed clinicians who are eligible to apply for credits through the Board of Behavioral Science, inclusive of LCSW, LMFT, LPCC & LEC clinicians).
  • This training is a free membership benefit for SBCPA members.
  • Unlicensed students affiliated with SBCPA or VCPA who are not seeking CE credits may participate free of charge
  • This training is free as a benefit of VCPA membership.

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  • You are invited!

    • Presenter:

      Dr. Barbara Bain is an Indigenous Psychologist actively working in the field of decolonial Indigenous psychology. She is a recognized, enrolled member of the Shasta Indian Nation, descended from the Upper Klamath Shasta region of northern California. She identifies as Shasta-Hawaiian and Anglo. Dr. Bain received her PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2020. Her qualitative, narrative research focused on traditional and contemporary Indigenous dream practice and its influence on the development of an emancipatory Indigenous identity and community wellbeing. In 1998, Dr. Bain received a Master of Science in Cultural and Natural Resource Management from Central Washington University, where she attended as a Native American Fellow. While there, she focused on federal Indian laws and policies that enabled the accumulation, distribution, and control of North American Indigenous land and resources, and tribal laws that adopted federal recognition standards based on eugenics, scientific racism, and Indian blood quantum to allocate legal tribal membership and identity. Dr. Bain specializes in the genocide, conquer, and ongoing colonization of California Indian peoples and traditional, culturally appropriate and culturally sensitive practices that contribute to the resilience of California Indian ways of life. Dr. Bain also holds an advanced certification in dreamwork and is considered one of the top 40 dreamworkers in the world today.

      Course Outline



      Introduction of speaker and opening remarks


      Land and Marginalized Identity: Indigenous Diaspora
      Monolithic vs Distinctive Identities
      Basic Identity Protocols and Respect in Indian Country
      Two Feather or Two Spirit People: BIPOC and LBGTQA +
      Ancestral Trauma and Indigenous Dreamwork Approaches
      Archetypal Defenses of the Soul and Indigenous Dreamwork




      Given recent research in the field of marginalized Indigenous identities, culture as therapy, and the inheritance and expression of ancestral trauma among Indigenous peoples, this talk focuses on apprehending the historical contexts to which individual, community, and ancestral Indigenous trauma can be attributed, and the application of dreamwork as a culturally appropriate and culturally sensitive therapy. A clear understanding is offered on the significance of dreaming to pre-contact Indigenous societies, as well as its contemporary re-imagining and continued relevance to Indigenous identity resilience and wellbeing. A decolonial, emic approach is taken to the topics covered, and includes Indigenous psychological approaches to working with American Indian, Indigenous-identifying, and BIPOC LGBTQA + peoples.   

    • Learning Objectives:

    • (1)   Describe seven decolonial relational cultural protocols, including appropriate terms of Indigenous identity. This includes a brief synopsis of the U.S. colonial history that shaped terms of personal and community Indigenous identity.

      (2)   List four (4) main differences between “Red Pedagogical” decolonial approaches to psychological work with North American Indigenous peoples and Western, etic approaches to the same field of work.

      (3)   Identify seven (7) major contributors to Indigenous and non-Indigenous ancestral trauma, and the address of collective shadow work, as it stands in relationship to colonization, acculturation, and the diasporic migration and marginalization of Indigenous peoples.

      (4)   Distinguish spirit from soul, and how to identify archetypal defenses of the soul in dreamwork. We will discuss four (4) culturally appropriate strategies, with accompanying Indigenous literature recommendations, for working with archetypal defenses of the soul in addiction and trauma.

    Continuing Education:

    CPA is co-sponsoring with Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA) and the Ventura County Psychological Association (VCPA). The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licensees. 

    Important Notice:

    Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive (1.5) continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

    Please note: There is no charge for SBCPA and VCPA members. Non-members are welcome to join this event at a cost of $25.

    This salon will be held via Zoom.


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