Amelia Ortega, LMSW, is a clinician at Aldea Counseling Services. She sees her role in social work education as an opportunity to build collective consciousness about identity, power and liberation labor. Her courses engage students in collaborative explorations of systems of oppression, the history of social justice, and social justice as an ethical principle within social work practice. As a clinician, she focuses on her clients’ connections to spirituality and philosophies of struggle. Her clinical work focuses on Latinx individuals, families, and couples.
Ms. Ortega’s social services background includes counseling in women’s health, mental health, and substance use; program development for community-based health organizations; social service system evaluation; community organizing; and video/media production. She previously served as a school-based mental health counselor, a senior social worker within a foster care independent housing program, and a therapist within a harm reduction-based LGBTQ youth community center. She founded the Boston GLASS Youth Media Project, a therapeutic media program for LGBTQ youth of color, and has developed arts programming within mental health services for LGBTQ adolescents and their families.
Ms. Ortega’s areas of research interest include trauma-informed care and mindfulness meditation within psychotherapy practice, harm reduction-based supervisory strategies, and anti-oppressive social work pedagogy. She earned her BA in Community Media Production and Critical Race Theory from Hampshire College, and her Masters in Social Work from the Columbia School of Social Work in 2007.