Kaleidoscopic Shifts: The Development of New Understandings as Therapists “Go and Find out”

  • Catalina PerdomoEmail author
  • Deborah Healy
  • Daisy Ceja
  • Kathryn Dunne
  • Kotia Whitaker
Part of the AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy book series (BRIEFSFAT)


This chapter discusses the origin and progress of a family therapy trainee-driven group dedicated to learning more about global mental health. As practitioners in training, we are interested in the intersection of professional scholarship and practice of family therapy with vulnerable populations, in low-resource settings, and in humanitarian contexts. Our chapter chronicles the origins of our group, the unfolding of our curiosities as the group evolved, and the personal and professional epiphanies we have experienced along with the unanswerable questions that preserve our clinical humility. These awakenings help to inform our training goals, delineate curricular choices, shape our understandings of family therapy across contexts and de-situate our beliefs from a local “doorstep-perspective” to the broader and more spacious international plane we have yet to experience.


Curiosity Psychotherapy in global contexts Trainees Family therapy Humility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catalina Perdomo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Deborah Healy
    • 1
  • Daisy Ceja
    • 1
  • Kathryn Dunne
    • 1
  • Kotia Whitaker
    • 1
  1. 1.Our Lady of the Lake UniversitySan AntonioUSA

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