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Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Marriage & Family Therapy
multicultural 2-year face-to-face training program

marcela polanco, PhD

Assistant Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy

English

marcela polanco, of Muisca, African and European Colombian origins, is a narrative family therapist, in English. In Spanish, marcela’s supervision, teaching, research and therapy are informed by the work of Latin American academic and social activist on decolonial and anti-racist Andean feminisms. She is also inspired by an ethics of solidarity.

Profesora Asistente, Programa de Terapia Familiar

Spanish

marcela polanco es Colombiana de orígenes Musicas, Africanos y Europeos. Ella es terapeuta familiar narrativa en el Idioma Inglés, marcado por sus experiencias migratorias en Estados Unidos. En su idioma natal, el Español Colombiano, su trabajo de supervisión, pedagogía, investigación y terapia están empapados por el trabajo de activistas academicxs y sociales latinoamericanxs sobre la decolonialidad y el pensamiento feminista anti-racista de la región Andina. Ella igualmente se inspira de éticas solidarias.

Research Interests

English

marcela is interested in further re-searching fair trade knowledges between eurocentric practices in English and Aymara’s decolonial thinking in Spanish in the training of family therapists who speak English and Spanish, Spanglish, Tex Mex, Chicanx, Pocho or other borderland linguistic expressions. This is, for the development of alternative inter-cultural responses to social suffering of local communities.

Español

Dentro del contexto de entrenamiento de terapeutas familiares quienes hablen Inglés y Español, Spanglish, Tex Mex, Chicanx, Pocho, u otras expresiones lingüísticas fronterizas, marcela está interesada en avanzar exploraciones para el desarrollo de trueques de conocimiento entre paradigmas eurocéntricos en Inglés y decoloniales Andinos en Español. Esto es, para desarrollar alternativas de respuesta inter-culturales a los sufrimientos sociales de comunidades locales.

Selected Juried Publications

polanco, m. (2017). Deconstructive listening in couple and family therapy. Lebow, J., Chambers, D.B. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy. Springer. https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_227-1 

polanco, m., Mancías, S. & LeFeber, T. (2017). Reflections on moral care when conducting qualitative research about suicide in the U.S. military. Death Studies,  Special Issue. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2017.1333356

polanco, m. (2016). Language justice: Narrative therapy on the fringes of Colombian magical realism. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 3, pp. 68-76.

polanco, m. (April, 2013). Democratizing academic writing: Writing an autoethnographic dissertation in color. The Qualitative Report, 18(Art. 17).  

polanco, m. (2011). Autoethnographic means to the end of a decolonizing translation. Journal of Systemic Therapies. Special Edition. 30(3), 73-87.

polanco, m. (2010). Rethinking narrative therapy: An examination of bilingualism and magical realism. Journal of Systemic Therapies. 29(2), pp. 1-14. (This article is available in Danish, published in Systemisk Narrativt Forum, 2015)

polanco, m. (2010). University students take action under the gaze of the eye of success: A narrative therapy collective initiative. Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work.  1, 59-70.

Hibel, J., & polanco, m. (2010). Tuning the ear: Listening in narrative therapy. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 29(1), 51-66.

polanco, m., & Epston, D. (2009). Tales of travels across languages: Languages and their anti-languages. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 4, 38-47. (This article is available in Danish. Published in Systemisk Narrativt Forum, 2015).


Book Chapters

polanco, m. (under review). En Defensa de Spanglish Family Therapy Supervision in the Era of English. Family therapy supervision in extraordinary settings: Illustrations of systemic approaches in every day clinical work. L. Charlés & T. Nelson (Eds). Routledge

Dominguez, D., Coppock, J., & polanco, m. (in press). Binational families: Risk factors for relationships dissatisfaction, conflict and divorce. A. E. Golberg & A. P. Romero (Eds.), LGBTQ Divorce and Relationship Dissolution. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

polanco, m., Lozano, A. Chavarria, S., Rodríguez, A., Ochoa, E., & Garza, K. (2018). Collaborative Autoethnography as a Pedagogical Method: Women Family Therapists Storying Their Latin American Heritages. H. Syrjala & A., Norrgrann (Eds.), In Multifaceted autoethnography: Theoretical advancements, practical consdierations and field illustrations, pp. 71-100. Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

polanco, m. (2018). La lucha de una mujer Mexicana y su hijo: De trampas de vida a ventajas de vida. Prácticas de terapia narrativa. Voces latinoamericanas tejiendo relatos preferidos. Pranas Editores, Santiago, Chile.

polanco, m., Shelton, T. & Perdomo, C. (2017). Narrative therapy work with couples. In R. Chenail & M. Reiter (Eds.), Case conceptualization in Couples Counseling. Routledge.

polanco, m. (2016). Knowledge fair trade. In L. Charlés & G. Samarasinghe (Eds.), Family therapy in global humanitarian contexts: Voices and issues from the field. Springer. 

Videos

polanco. m. (2017, December). Feminisms, Narrative Practice & Intersectionality. [Video File English & Spanish]. Dulwich Centre. Retrieved from https://dulwichcentre.com.au/feminisms-project/

polanco. m. (2014, September 13th). Did we get it wrong? [Video File]. TEDx San Antonio.  Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/109818243. Con subtitulos en Español https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fdv7UT2aK8  

polanco, m. (2011, November 11th). Colouring narrative therapy’s solidarity [Video File].  Friday afternoons at Dulwich Centre. Retrieved from http://narrativetherapyonline.com/moodle/course/view.php?id=16

polanco, m. (2011, November 11th). Diálogo con la terapia narrativa desde la solidaridad Colombiana/Latinoamericana [Video File]. Friday afternoons at Dulwich Centre. Retrieved from http://narrativetherapyonline.com/moodle/course/view.php?id=16

Contact

marcela.polanco@sdsu.edu 

Marriage & Family Therapy Program

Email: MFTprogram@mail.sdsu.edu

Phone: 619-594-6109