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Candice Valenzuela: What if Self-Care isn't the Answer? Tune in for ‘History. Culture. Trauma.’ encore episode Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. PT


Can collective care heal communities, especially communities struggling with systemic racism and historical trauma?

Join PACEs Connection CEO Ingrid Cockhren and guest Candice Valenzuela on PACEs Connection’s podcast “History. Culture. Trauma.” as they address that question. They’ll discuss collective care, especially how communities struggle with system racism and historical trauma as they strive to heal. The podcast airs on September 1 at 1 p.m PT/  4 p.m. ET on the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network. (Warning: There is strong language in this episode.)

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“Self-care has become a buzzword when discussing solutions to the mental health crisis in BIPOC communities,” says Cockhren. “But is self-care enough to mitigate the impact of systemic racism, intergenerational poverty, and historical trauma?”

Valenzuela, who describes herself as a “parent, a pet owner, a friend, a survivor, a geek, and a nature lover,” says, “I have learned that no professional titles will ever reflect all of who I am or my worth. I strive to be human before I strive to be a worker. I identify as Black, Indigenous, Queer and working-class allied.

“Professionally, I have been working at the crossroads of education, justice and community healing for 16 years. I have extensive experience in mindfulness, trauma informed care, anti-oppressive practices, cultural competency, liberatory education and youth empowerment,” she adds.

Valenzeula holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities, an master’s degree in East-West psychology, and a 200-hour certificate in mindful yoga through the Niroga Institute. She is on the path to become a licensed psychotherapist, having worked toward an MA in counseling psychology to become a marriage and family therapist.

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