Liberation Psychology Intercambio/Exchange

Dr. Leticia Gonzalez Pileski is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Pileski has had advanced clinical Strategic Family training from Dr. Jay Haley and Mental Research Institute and has a Certificate in Latin American Family Therapy from Alliant International University’s (AIU) Mexico Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program. She has studied and worked in Mexico while adapting family therapy practices for optimal use with Latino families and children. Her influence from her training has motivated her to return to the Mexico Immersion program annually as an Adjunct Professor in order to influence developing therapist in the importance of being a culturally competent therapist and increase abilities in working with Latino and ethnic communities. She is an Adjunct Professor at two COAMFTE accredited universities, AIU and San Diego State University. Leticia is AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor and Mentor. She is one of two Co-Directors at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement at SDSU. In addition, Dr. Pileski has over fifteen years experience in working with diverse therapeutic community based programs, school based therapeutic services and in crisis clinics throughout Southern California including. She has worked with youth for over two decades including developing and directing therapeutic camps. She actively provides therapeutic services to adolescent students and their families at Fusion Academy. Dr. Leticia Pileski has traveled to Mexico, Cambodia and El Salvador as a professional and a learner to expand resources, work with orphans and increase learning opportunities for professionals and the underserved equally.

Juan Carlos García Rivera

Juan Carlos is originally from El Salvador where he obtained a Bachelor’s in Science with a major in Psychology at Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA).

Mr. Juan Carlos was first introduced to Ignacio Martín-Baró’s work and life while attending UCA. He studied under some of the same scholars that worked directly with Father Ignacio Martín- Baró. Juan Carlos conveys a passion and interest in Liberation Psychology while interacting with clients, colleagues and in his overall studies.  Prior to coming to the U.S., Juan Carlos worked in a church clinic as a counselor, engaging with clients of all ages and backgrounds on a low cost payment setting. He hopes to broaden ideas of therapeutic work by introducing clinicians to his country and providing a space to engage with the ideas of Liberation Psychology. In 2013 he was awarded a Fullbright scholarship to attend San Diego State University’s Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program where he completed and earned a Master's degree in 2015. He continued his work with a year of post-master's counseling in San Francisco and taught the Latin American and Liberation Psychology courses at Alliant International University in Mexico City Summer 2016. Mr. Garcia Rivera continues to actively connect with communities in El Salvador. 

Dr. Jason J. Platt is an Associate Professor and the Program Director of the Masters in International Counseling Psychology program at Alliant International University. He is the founder of the CSPP Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion program and the Certificate in Latin American Family Therapy. In addition to the Mexico programs, Dr. Platt has facilitated immersion education programs in India, Cambodia and Vietnam. Dr. Platt has published referred journal articles and book chapters on the nature of competent clinical practice with an emphasis on international clinical competencies, Latino communities, impoverished populations and the need to adapt clinical practice to meet the mental health needs of underserved communities. As an educator he is passionate about exploring the effectiveness of alternative educational and training modalities, particularly on the use of critical pedagogy. Dr. Platt’s passion and academic interest in diversity and international issues makes sense in context. He was fortunate to have come from a very unique international family of origin. He was raised with seven adopted siblings from five different countries: Mexico, Korea, Colombia, Brazil and El Salvador. His siblings arrived with varied but often traumatic histories: abuse and exploitation, having witnessed and experienced both personal and political violence, sanitary and hunger-related health issues and so forth. Invariably this has influenced his career choices and commitment to being part of research and educational efforts that will better prepare clinicians to work with international and impoverished communities.