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“I Can’t Breathe”: Meditation as an Embodied Justice Practice

February 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


“I Can’t Breathe”: Meditation as an Embodied Justice Practice

with Dominique Malebranche, PhD

This presentation will include an introduction to the association between trauma theory and social oppression through didactic and case material. Participants will learn about the mental health implications of intersectional oppression and explore the ways in which teachings and practices of meditation can be used for healing. Experiential activity may be integrated.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least three elements of cultural trauma and embodiment.
  2. Identify at least three components of contemplative social justice pedagogy as a framework to address cultural competency and healing.
  3. Explore self and intersubjective awareness in the context of embodied social justice.

Dominique A. Malebranche is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Counseling and Psychology at Lesley University. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology and graduate minor in multicultural psychology and education from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Her intersectional experiences as a first-generation Haitian-American offers her a critical lens to center her teaching, practice, and scholarship in liberatory and trauma-informed approaches. Her experiences have deepened her work to understand the impact of cultural and historical trauma and fosters her emerging scholarship in embodied healing justice. In addition to her university appointment, Dr. Malebranche provides multicultural/cross-cultural and trauma-informed consultation services in clinical, organizational and community settings. She encourages multiple ways of knowing through the facilitation of mindfulness and yoga.

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education (CE) credits available for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses. Please see details at http://meditationandpsychotherapy.org/lecture-series.


Suggested donation for general attendance is $15. CE credits are available for a fee of $30. We don’t want cost to be a barrier to anyone, so please choose “Pay what you can” for reduced-price tickets. Please click the Green ‘Tickets’ button to register.


The CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion is located at 1035 Cambridge Street, Suite 21A in Cambridge. Ample parking is available in the lot in front of the building (1035 Cambridge Street) after 5:30pm. Weather permitting, a bike rack is available at the rear of the building on the Columbia St side. There are also Blue Bikes at the corner of Cambridge St. and Columbia St. in front of the center building and at Central Square. The Central Square T stop is a 18-minute walk from the building. If you would like to print a parking permit for the Nissenbaum AutoParts parking lot (480 Columbia St, Somerville, MA 02143), please contact the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at cmc@challiance.org or 617-591-6132. The Nissenbaum lot is a 2-minute walk from the building.

Online live-streaming

This will be available via the IMP Facebook page.

Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series

This program is part of the Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series, offered through collaboration by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. In this monthly series, gather with friends and colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection of mindfulness, compassion, and clinical practice. The presenters are notable leaders and speakers in the field who bring with them a wide variety of research and clinical experience. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion. Everyone is invited to attend.


CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion


CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion
1035 Cambridge Street, Suite 21A
Cambridge, MA 02141 United States
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