About the Liberation Psychology Network

We’ve updated our “About” page which gives information about the network and its purpose.  It is worth posting it here too.  Why not download the pdf version, print it off and distribute it at your events, put it on the noticeboard, or discuss it with a colleague?

About Liberation Psychology and this network

You can download this as a pdf file for distribution at your event etc.

This international network helps users of English discover and share resources, experiences and new directions in Liberation Psychology.


Liberation psychology began in Latin America. It drew on currents of radical and critical praxis from that region and beyond and was first proposed by Ignacio Martín-Baró at the Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador.

Some Liberation Psychology material has appeared in English, but most, including nearly all of Martí- Baró’s work, is only available in Spanish. It deserves being better known by those who do not read Spanish.

Liberation psychology is relevant to the work of psychologists and their allies concerned with oppression and exclusion, social trauma, social movements and resistance in the global South, and in core countries of the world system. Many people use English either as a first language or as their route of access to the international literature.

Latin American liberation psychology has focussed on the particular situation and identity of Latin America but exclusion and exploitation happens everywhere. If the Liberation Psychology of Martín-Baró and other Latin American comrades was the first Liberation Psychology, our world desperately needs a Second Liberation Psychology, not to replace their efforts but to take them further so we have a global Liberation Psychology for the extremely challenging situation that we find ourselves in more than 25 years after Martín Baró’s murder.

The Network:

  • Connects like minded workers, who are often isolated, to share their understandings and practical experience of liberatory approaches and to offer mutual support.

  • Provides access to the key ideas and works of Latin American liberation psychology and kindred approaches.  Our website links and hosts English language works (written as well as audio-visual)  Network members with knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese are key bridging resource.

  • Offers a bridge between workers in Latin America and other regions of the global South, and with those in core regions concerned with the “South” in our midst (exploitation, migration, war, (neo-)colonialism and exclusion of the Other).

  • Explores what Liberation Psychology means in contexts other than Latin America.

  • Hosts this web portal and blog which is enabled as a social network, and an email list.  See how to use the site.

The network is what its members make it. The possibilities are only limited by our imagination, energy and willingness to try new ways of doing Liberation Psychology: the constructively practical critical psychology.


Explaining Liberation Psychology in English

At the International Community Psychology Conference in Fortaleza last month (Sept. 2014) there was a round table Doing Liberation Psychology in English”

Here is one of the presentations – from Mark Burton:

Explaining Liberation Psychology in English. Notes for paper.  and  Slides.

More to follow.

IMG_0502compPoster from the co-operative learning programme, Cipo, Pentecoste, Ceará.
“Freedom is only possible once you are also whole enough to face the responsibility of being free.”  “Freedom means responsibility and that’s why most people fear it.”
….. what do you think?


Try the Liberation Psychology mobile App

This app gives quick and easy access to this site and its news feed, our twitter feed, and other sites, including the social psychology for liberation FaceBook group.

For all smart phones and tablets: download from here http://fanapp.mobi/libpsy

or simply scan this QR code with your device:

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Posting content on LibPsy

I have changed some settings on the site to make it easier for registered users to post material on libpsy.org  I know that this has been a problem from time to time for people.  For people whose work I know (i.e. you’ve contributed to the field already), I have set you to ‘author’ status, which means when logged in you can post material.  For others your status will initially be ‘contributor’ which means you can post but your work is reviewed first.

The important thing is that the network will only flourish if people use it, and that means generating content.  This can be news updates, short articles on key concepts and controversies, campaign news, or issues you’d like debated.

Sometimes the software lets us down – I hadn’t realised all the restrictions were in place, and I think that might have been due to a change at some point in the wordpress rules (wordpress is the software that hosts the site).  And publishing here is pretty straightforward, not unlike using a word-processor.  Contact us if you need help.

When setting up the network we built in the facility to set up fora, to work together on documents, to have networks of ‘friends’ within the libpsy community.  Those things haven’t been used, but are still there – do explore the functionality of the network and make it your network. You can even – with our help – have your own site under the libpsy.org domain – so if you have a project and would like a blog or website to go with it consider this. Liberation psychology is not a big tendency in psychology and we need to support one another!


Naples: European Conference of Community Psychology – 7th-9th November 2013

If any members are going to this conference it will be an opportunity to meet up.  I know some of us will be there.  This time we haven’t scheduled any network events, but we can meet informally – certainly I’d appreciate thoughts on how to make the network more …. active.

Mark Burton




I’m not a fan of facebook but, well, a lot of people use it.  There is a facebook group with very similar interests (and overlapping membership with this network).  And you can go straight there (without having to fight through all the other trivia) with this link.  Thanks to Ana Eugenia for establishing the group and to Rod for bringing it to my attention.   Posts from this site should now feed there automatically.





Liberation Psychology now has a twitter account.
Follow us at https://twitter.com/SteadyStateMcr   or tweet us at @LiberationPsyEn


New on libpsy.org

Some new material on libpsy.org on our documents page.

1)  A bibliography on Liberation Psychologies kindly provided by Mary Watkins- we aim to add to this – so your suggestions are very welcome.

2) Notes from Taiwo Afuape on the African contribution to Liberation Psychology and Community Psychology.  This is the first of the contributions from the round table: constructing liberation psychology that took place at the Barcelona International Community Psychology Congress or Conference. See also María Castro’s review of Taiwo’s 2011 book – Power Resistance and Liberation in Therapy with Survivors of Trauma (London: Routledge.)

3) What do we understand by Liberation Psychology – a typed-up rendering of the collective synthesis that we made at the participatory session that Tod Sloan and I facilitated, also at Barcelona. (Click on the title above or on the picture below to go to the pdf file).
click for the pdf




Developing the network – again

The meeting we aimed to have at Barcelona clashed with other events so we were unable to have much discussion.  Thanks to those who have commented already but I have yet to receive much in the way of feedback on the paper setting out proposals.Liberation Psychology Network – Discussion Paper: Proposals for Developing the Network and I really would appreciate your input. The network won’t be a reality without active participation so please do comment, in these ways.. 
Here on this site by posting a comment (or a blog post for something long),
via the email-list (if you are already signed up to that post to openlibpsy@googlegroups.com

If you are having difficulty using the site, look here first.

I look forward to discussion, ideas and offers!



libpsy.org in action

Some photos from the International Community Psychology Conference in Barcelona last week.  More on this to follow.

Barcelona: Liberation Psychology Round Table
This is the Round Table, Psychology for Liberation: Contemporary Currents, the first event organised by the English Language Liberation Psychology Network, http://libpsy.org/ Left to Right are Catalina Argüello (Costa Rica, Colombia, Spain), Taiwo Afuape (UK), Ger Moane (Ireland), Mark Burton (UK) and Serdar Degirmencioglu (Turkey). If you were there, then please do comment.

There was quite alot of interst in our events with good audience contributions.

Liberation Psychology Network banner – first unfurling.
This fine banner was made by Alejandro Gortazar and María Castro. Thanks to Steve Melluish for bringing it to Barcelona. It got a lot of interest both from people new to LP and those already well acquainted.
In the photo are Cezar Góis (who uses Martín-Baró’s ideas in his work), from Fortaleza Brazil (where the next CP International Congress will be) and me, Mark Burton from Manchester, UK.

We put the banner up in the entrance hall for the large symposia where it couldn’t be missed. Thanks to our Peruvian colleagues for help erecting it!

From the participative workshop where we explored the ideas of liberation psychology, making a visual display of their interrelationships – we’ll post the results of this here later.