Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy 

Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, MPH* 

Presenter: Peter Franekel*  

Gonzalo Bacigalupe, BS (Catholic University of Chile), EdD (University of Massachusetts Amherst), MPH (Harvard University), is Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is principal investigator of the Citizen Education and Governance Team at the Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management in Chile. Gonzalo is a certified artist by the City of Boston, as an abstract artist with several exhibitions in the last three years including a book with a series of his paintings.  Presently his research asks the question of how citizen participation and participatory education foster community resilience for disaster reduction. Gonzalo is Past president of AFTA and is presently board member of the Family Process Institute. 

Receiving this award was a surprise, my work may have some innovative dimensions but not sure I can classify in any focused way, they are often though about not repeating myself, doing work as a family therapist, a psychologist, and a public health scholar, has always been about curiosity, of challenging orthodoxy, of writing what it is minimally necessary to share some of what I find curious, the power of writing in psychotherapy, the question of health equity and immigration, of how violence and trauma shape our identities, the necessity of delinking minds from individual bodies, the power of emerging technologies in keeping us stuck or empowering collaborations, the ways to think about communities as resilient and persistent or how the bearers of vulnerability create knowledge. But most of all, finding that the politics of living is also about creating new ontologies to relate to nature in ways that are caring.