Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Psychological Wounding and DACA-Recipient Graduate Students: Reclaiming Narratives and Feelings
by Sierra, Cinthia G., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 71; 27829912
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this thesis is to give voice to the experience of wounded DACA-recipient graduate students (recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and provide knowledge about how helping professionals may become more aware, curious, and accepting of these students’ experiences. The central question focuses on the psychological experiences of undocumented students enrolled in graduate programs in California. Methodologies used include heuristic, hermeneutic, and alchemical hermeneutic in exploring the psychological and psychosocial challenges undocumented graduate students face in maneuvering through higher education. This is an opportunity for helping professionals to be culturally humble vis-à-vis the oft-ignored narratives and experiences of these students, empowering them rather than imposing dominant culture narratives and perspectives on inclusion. Through this work, helping professionals may explore identity with and learn to support undocumented graduate students in reclaiming their narratives and feelings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliott, Michael
Commitee: Walling, Joanna, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/11(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Higher education
Keywords: DACA, Depth psychology, Graduate school, Immigration, Psychological wounding, Undocumented
Publication Number: 27829912
ISBN: 9798641845296
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