About Dr. Welland

Christauria_portraitChristauria Welland, Psy.D. (California license PSY 17166), originally from Canada, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Solana Beach, California. She also has an outpatient hospital practice at the South Bay Rehabilitation Center, Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, CA.

Dr. Welland is also the founder and director of Pax in Familia, an international organization she founded for the purpose of bringing awareness to, responding to, and preventing violence in Catholic families. http://paxinfamilia.org She received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology from the San Diego Psychological Association in 2017. In 2015 Dr. Welland spoke on the topic of family violence at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, USA. She is currently on the roster of Fulbright Specialists to teach in the area of intimate partner violence (2019-2023), which she hopes to complete in Asia and the South Pacific. In 2008, she received a Fulbright Specialist grant to teach at universities in Mexico (UNAM and the Universidad Iberoamericana) and Peru (Universidad Nacional de San Agustín, Arequipa and Universidad Privada de Tacna) on the topic of intimate partner violence (IPV) and the treatment of violent men. Dr. Welland and her husband, Michael Akong, licensed acupuncturist, have been engaged in voluntary ministry with migrant workers at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Rancho Peñasquitos, San Diego, since 1992, and are the founders of the Oaxaca Education Fund http://oaxacaeducationfund.org.

Prior to that, she spent 19 years as a social worker with an international organization, and as such, witnessed the effects of spousal violence on various continents. Dr. Welland made partner abuse the topic of her doctoral studies, and has conducted further research on IPV among Latinos through the University of San Diego. She was Adjunct Faculty at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego from 2004 – 2016, where she taught the doctoral-level licensure course on intimate partner violence. She is also trained as an interpreter and translator in English/Spanish and presents material in both languages.

Working with partner abusive Latino men since 1995, Dr. Welland wrote and published a Spanish-language treatment program specifically for them, Sin Golpes: Como transformar la respuesta violenta del hombre en la pareja y la familia [Without Abuse: How to transform the violent response of men in the couple and the family]. The program is a cultural adaptation of the STOP Domestic Violence Program, by David B. Wexler, Ph.D. (Norton, 2013), who mentored Dr. Welland in the field. Sin Golpes and an accompanying workbook for the client were published in Mexico City in 2007 for distribution in the United States and Latin America. A second, updated edition is expected to be published by 2021. Dr. Welland published Healing from Violence: Latino Men’s Journey to a New Masculinity in 2008 (Springer, NY). She is currently writing a treatment program for Catholic/Christian victims of IPV which will be piloted in San Diego, several countries in Africa, and Sri Lanka, with an included treatment outcome evaluation.

In 2015, Dr. Welland authored How can we help to end violence in Catholic families? A guide for clergy, religious and laity. This book was subsequently translated into five languages and was printed for the World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia, USA, and for the participants in the Synod on the Family in Rome, October 2015. The second editions, in English, Spanish and French (2018) contain several quotations from Amoris Laetitia, written by Pope Francis in 2016.  All editions are available from the author and online for free download at http://paxinfamilia.org. A Korean version can also be ordered directly from the Korean Episcopal Conference.

Dr. Welland presents on the topic of IPV and does intensive workshops at universities, conferences, and for state governments in the United States, Mexico (Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla, Chihuahua, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Veracruz, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada), Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, South India and Uganda.

In 2018 she taught workshops in six African countries, invited by the Episcopal Conferences. In 2019, she did the same in Ecuador, and in 2020 in Sri Lanka. Follow-up programs and extensions to her workshops are taking place in most of these locations.

Because Dr. Welland has worked with the very poor and uneducated for most of her life, she is well prepared to present not only to professionals in the ecclesiastical and healthcare fields, but also to adapt the information for instruction and treatment with those who have lacked educational opportunities. Dr. Welland is an advocate for qualitative enquiry, through listening to the voice of the poor and the cultural experiences of those who are in the field, to co-design interventions that will be most effective. Her trainings include a strong preference for interactive education and discussion, as well as extensive pre-training study on her part specific to the region or country she will be visiting.

To consult regarding inviting Dr. Welland to present a workshop, please contact drchristauriawelland@gmail.com/