I´m a clinical psychologist from Brazil.
In Liverpool I also met with other participants from Chile and Argentina. This led to a desire to form an ISPS Latin America group, to make a real change happen in our countries. Despite the differences between Latin countries, we support the same principles: the emphasis psychological and social interventions and the need to decolonize mental health. The ISPS experience was a great opportunity to built networks. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to listen to professionals who guided my perspective about psychic suffering such as John Read. I also could learn more about different approaches to work with psychic suffering, such as Multi Family Group Therapy and the Open Dialogue interventions.
Finally, I could recognize the main personal change when I accepted that “I am a family member” for the very first time. At this conference, I didn’t feel judged or shamed. I felt proud of being a survivor and trying to do something useful with all the pain involved in being a daughter of someone who has suffered from mental illness. Because of all this, I want to share my gratitude for this support which has helped me to integrate my shadows and virtues making me a better human and a better psychologist.