Dr. Denicia Carlay is a mother, wife, divine Spirit, healer, space keeper, former system impacted youth, community builder, scholar, and practitioner. Denicia has served system impacted youth and families in various capacities as a social worker, mental health practitioner, and instructor in the field of child welfare and education for 15 years.
Denicia holds space for the following truths within her practice:
- Everyone possesses an array of cultural knowledge, skills, and attributes that can contribute towards a deeper understanding of both themselves and others once allowed to harvest these inherent strengths and flourish within their mind, body, and spirit.
- Where there has been collective harm to people, restorative actions encompassing critical steps are needed to cultivate radical healing across that collective. The steps to be taken must be defined and shaped by the group impacted by the harm.
- Children and youth have dynamic voices and perspectives that should always be uplifted and valued
- I am because we are (Unbuntu), You are my other me (In Lak’ech), and One Fall (Isang basak) are key principles to uphold and embody within our work because our realities are all interconnected, meaning that our outcomes are dependent upon one another’s thoughts, beliefs, and actions.
Denicia holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree from the University of Southern California, Masters of Social Welfare (MSW) with an emphasis in Children and Families from UC Berkeley, Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) from San Jose State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD) from San Francisco State University. Denicia is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).