Videos (and audio) on Liberation Psychology

Ignacio Martín-Baró on State terrorism in El Salvador.
A rare video of Martín-Baró speaking in English.  He covers State terrorism in El Salvador in the 1980s and before. He focusses on the role of the disappearances, murders and massacres in the pacification of the population, taking a social psychological perspective that is firmly located in both a humanistic and a socio-political outlook.  He makes the important point that this political terrorism has an impact, not just on the victims, but also on the wider population.  Many thanks to Adrianne Aron (who introduces the talk) for making the video available.  The recording is rather quiet, but very clear: try headphones if it is too quiet on your machine.
Due to technical limitations it appears in three parts.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

And from the year before, this “interview of Ignacio Martín-Baró, a Jesuit priest, professor, and Vice-President of the Interamerican Psychological Society, speaks on his survival of six death squad attacks, the psychological effects of repression torture and terrorism, and what can be and is being done in the spirit of love and community to help victims of the squads. – RECORDED: 1988.” by Non-Pacifica Radio, U.S.A.  Thanks to M Brinton Lykes for making this available.  It is in 4 parts, the audio files should play by default on “Windows Media Player”, Linux “Videos”, or equivalents.
Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4

Also see these of Martín-Baró presenting conference versions of his key programmatic papers, in (very clear) Spanish.  Here you can witness the passion and intellectual clarity when he spoke in his own language.
The role of the psychologist.

Towards a psychology of liberation

Brinton Lykes on “Liberation Psychology and Social Change: An Introduction to Ignacio Martín-Baró and Challenges for 21st Century Practitioners”

Again, this one is rather quiet, but it comes with slides.
Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, Boston College, November, 2013.  via the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund.

Ignacio Dobles from Costa Rica on Liberation Psychology (2012)
Ignacio Dobles knew Ignacio Martín-Baró well.  Here he talks about Liberation Psychology, the challenges it faces and the future, emphasising as did  Martín-Baró the need to avoid it becoming an isolated academic undertaking.

Taiwo Afuape, one of our contributors, on Creativity and Resistance as  significant ways that  refugees and asylum seekers respond to extreme experiences and events.  From 2012.

Full citation: Published on July 26, 2012

Taiwo Afuape – a clinical psychologist, systemic psychotherapist and author of “Power, Resistance and Liberation in Therapy with Survivors of Trauma” (Routledge, 2011) – talks about how creativity and resistance are among the most significant ways through which refugees and asylum seekers respond to extreme experiences and events. She was speaking at the Hope and Resilience conference that was held at the University of Leicester on June 19 (… ).

A video on the work of the Martín-Baró Fund in post-conflict Guatemala.

The Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights at Boston College supports grassroots organizations that carry on the work of this pioneering leader. The film illustrates how these projects carry on the legacy of Ignacio Martín-Baró’s pioneering work at the intersection of mental health and human rights.


The Grounded Academic: Disability, Poverty and Health Care- Action research in rural Guatemala

Also set in Guatemala, this video from our colleague Shaun Grech does not claim to be liberation psychology, but it is an excellent example nevertheless with its emphasis on leadership by disabled people and their organisations, the focus on the most poor and excluded, the humility of learning from people, their struggles and contexts, and its action orientation.  It is not the only such work going on in the global South, but happens to be accessible in English.


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