Hombres Buscando Balance - Working With Wounded Men

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This was part 2 of a three-part Virtual Learning Session titled: El Hombre Noble: How to Engage, Embrace and Heal Chicano, Latino Males.

This session will explore the dimentions and dynamics of wounded men. It will provide an overview of how racism, colonization, racial inequity and generational trauma impacts Chicano, Latino Men and the resultant aspects of substance abuse, mental health, gang and domestic violence. It will further share culturally based, trauma informed, healing centered approaches that have proven to be successful.

Session 2 Learning Objectives:

  • Acknowledge the struggles men face because of racial inequity, colonization and generational trauma.
  • Identify practices and processes that allow for men to move beyond just treatment but to actual healing.


Jerry Tello - Director of Training @National Compadres Network
Jerry Tello over the last 40 years has dedicated himself to the prevention and healing of individuals, families, communities and systems by speaking to over half a million people and training 1000’s of facilitators across the nation. Born from a family of Mexican, Texan and Coahuiltecan roots and raised in the south central/Compton areas of Los Angeles. Mr. Tello is an international expert in the areas of trauma, healing, men and boys of color, fatherhood, family strengthening, racial justice, racial healing, community peace and mobilization and culturally based violence prevention/intervention issues. He is co-founder of the National Compadres Network (established in 1988) and presently is Director of Training and Capacity Building. He has authored numerous articles, videos and curricula addressing the issues of Fatherhood, Male "Rites of Passage,” relationship and gang violence prevention, racial justice, and pregnancy prevention.

Dr. Ricardo Carrillo - Director of Psychology Training @Comprehensive Crisis Services
Ricardo Carrillo Ph.D., is Director of psychology training for Comprehensive Crisis Services in San Francisco, CA. He is recognized as an expert witness and international consultant in the areas of family therapy, domestic violence, cross cultural psychology, forensic psychology, and cultural competence. He has provided leadership in the areas of program development with domestic violence offenders, Latino mental health, and chemical dependency populations. He attended the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno, CA. He has taught for ten years in professional psychology schools in the Bay area. He maintains a private practice in Berkeley CA and continues to provide professional consultation to a variety of agencies. He is the Crisis Intervention psychologist for San Francisco Police Department. He is the co-founder of the Latino Men’s Circle that is dedicated to living as a noble man and an advisory board member of the National Compadres network.

Armando Lawrence - Coordinator @East Los Angeles Men Talking Circles/ National Compadres Network
Mr. Armando Lawrence has been involved as a community advocate and practitioner for healing, cultural integrity, human and civil rights and is an active member of the Board of Directors for Via Health Care Clinic in East Los Angeles. He is a coordinator and participant of the East Los Angeles Men Talking Circles/ National Compadres Network, a founding member of the Los Angeles Indigenous Peoples Alliance and since 2016 has been working with incarcerated men in the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) with programs that teach positive personal development and understanding the impact of Childhood Trauma, and in a method to assist them in beginning the healing process.

June 18, 2021
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