• November 18-19, 2017
  • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 11/18/2017 10:00 am 11/19/2017 4:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Healing the Soul Wound: Indigenous People and the Colonial Template Join us for Healing the Soul Wound: Indigenous People and the Colonial Template, a Workshop with Eduardo Duran and Rachel Bryant California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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November 18th 10:00am-4:00pm
November 19th 10:00am-4:00pm

Registration - $275
Members - $220

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Historical trauma is the trauma that occurs in families and is then passed on to the following generation unless the trauma, or soul wounding, is dealt with. After years of research and clinical experience with diverse populations, Eduardo Duran has come to understand that wounding of the soul has been endured by most people in the world. The lessons he has learned from this work are relevant to the majority of people seeking help in therapy.

Saturday: Effects of the Colonial Template on Indigenous Peoples
This discussion focuses on how colonialism and historical trauma have impacted indigenous peoples. The workshop draws parallels between Native Americans and African Americans by analyzing the soul wound through indigenous epistemologies. Archetypal ideas are also integrated into the discussion in order to facilitate cultural bridging.

Sunday: Clinical Applications Relevant to Healing the Effects of Colonialism
Sunday's material focuses on the clinical applications of therapies that are relevant in healing the soul wound and the effects of colonialism. A grounded preparation of the therapist is part of the workshop discussion, as well as relevant case material. Archetypal concepts are used in order to facilitate understanding within a Western framework.


Eduardo Duran, PhD, has been working as a clinical psychologist for more than two decades. Much of his clinical and research work has concentrated on working with the legacy of historical trauma. The lessons learned from this work are relevant to most people presenting with therapeutic issues. He has served as a professor of psychology in several graduate settings and continues to teach and lecture in community settings all over the world.

Born in northern New Mexico, Eduardo relocated to California with his family at age 14. He worked in the fields as a migrant farm worker. At age 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served for 6 years on board submarines and other vessels during the Vietnam war. Once he was discharged he became interested in psychology and began his studies, while working for the Navy as an engineering psychologist.

His path took a turn after his last visit with his grandfather, changing his career trajectory to become a clinical psychologist. He attained his PhD degree and has since worked in community settings until the past year. Presently, he is in private practice and consulting.

Rachel Bryant, MA, CMH, believes in the innate wisdom and intelligence of everyone to be their own healer. She became a clinician to bring culturally responsive services to her local community and has worked closely with consumers and indigenous practitioners to help redefine community mental health practices. Rachel brings more than 15-years of advocacy and social justice experience working in public/mental health to her current roles as Assistant Professor, and Director of the Mental Health Services Act Project.

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