Claudia Morales holds an LCSW, a License in Clinical Social Work in the State of California and a PPSC Pupil Personnel Services Credential in California to provide services in public schools. She received a Masters in Social Work earning High Honors from Cal State East Bay and a CalSwec Scholarship for her focus on community mental health.
Her primary focus has been de-activating the impacts of trauma on communities that have been disproportionately impacted by poverty, racism and current immigration and incarceration practices.
She has worked with unaccompanied minors, and youth involved in the criminal justice system, as well as families harmed by institutional and intergenerational trauma, violence, and mental illness by exploring and strengthening intergenerational resilience and healing practices.
Claudia's work is informed by the writings of Paolo Freire, the poetry and teachings of June Jordan, Theater of the Oppressed by Agosto Boal, the community work of Richard Valle, as well as the native healing practices of Colombia and her family's legacy of creative expression as liberation. She is also inspired by the ongoing community organizing of creative people and social justice workers all over the world who work to imagine and work towards more just, creative, and compassionate communities.
Her private practice is based in Whittier, California, where she provides Mental Health Therapy, Expressive arts therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting, Restorative Justice, and mental health workshops for organizations throughout the US including United We Dream, The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, the Broad museum, the Los Angeles Zoo, and Tri-CED Community Recycling.
- National Association of Social Workers
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
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