Sara Manisco Chapo, LICSW-NH, LCSW-TX, CPP Rostered
Sara Manisco Chapo, LICSW-NH, LCSW-TX, works as a licensed psychotherapist and as a research assistant. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UMUC introduced her to her dream of combining research and clinical work. Since graduating with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from UNH, she has focused on Systemic Family Therapy, intergenerational trauma and attachment issues, social constructionism, and both quantitative and qualitative research. She is rostered in and practices Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), which is a trauma-based dyadic treatment for parents and young (0-6 years old) children, focusing on restoring normal developmental functioning in the wake of trauma (including domestic/interpersonal violence, substance abuse, and/or armed conflict). In research, she has worked on a number of grant-based programs, ranging from the context of domestic and interpersonal violence to behavioral health integration and, most recently, a substance abuse intervention program called Creating Connections. She has trained as a Social Justice Educator at UNH and has been a peer reviewer for the Journal of Family Therapy and the Journal of Systemic Practice. She also co-authored an article published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs addressing the co-occurrence of and recovery from substance abuse and lifespan victimization for female residents in trauma-informed sober living homes.
Her involvement with the TAOS Institute and social constructionism gave her the opportunity to deepen and appreciate even further the process of creating meaning in a collaborative setting. This allowed her to process and integrate different experiences, such as utilizing Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenology in qualitative research to uncover relational themes and overarching patterns, as well as with CPP’s relational approach to healing from traumatic events, giving her tools to explore ways survivors integrate trauma into their narratives, at times shaping their self-identity.