Promotoras Program

Community Health Work Program that Focuses on Mental Health

Promotora is an 8 week program that meets once a week for an hour long to discuss mental health stigmas, diagnosis, and cultural implications.


Topics that will be presented and discussed will be:

  • De-stigmatizing mental health and accessing support and services: understanding stigma around mental health; information on daily stressors, mind-body connection, self-care as prevention and healing
  • Mindfulness and Self-regulation: Understanding stress/trauma responses and accessing strategies for regulation and co-regulation; everyday awareness of self
  • Psychoeducational information on mental health: Information on anxiety, depression, grief; connection to resources to access mental health services

This free 8-week course is hybrid (both online and in-person). The ideal candidate for this program is for Latine women looking to empower themselves and learn life-changing resources to bring back to their communities.


The Promotora program aims to demystify mental health and make it a common place topic discussed openly and honestly in everyday conversations.

This program will:

  • Cultivate skills to facilitate community conversations
  • Provide culturally affirming mental and physical health information
  • Make support and mental health services accessible, and
  • Increase community engagement

Graduates of the program will be supported to offer their own community conversations if they choose.

To learn more and apply for a spot in this program, click here and fill out the bilingual application:

La Applicacion del Grupo de Promotora

For questions about the program:

(512) 326 - 1222 ext 127




Watch the Promotora Program interview

Thank you to Univision 62 for this opportunity to share resources with our Latine Community.


Lisset smiling indoors at the Univision TV Studio wearing pink jacket.More about Lisset Betancourt, LMSW:

Lisset Betancourt, Licensed Master of Social Work, is a Lead Therapist with the YWCA Greater Austin. Lisset graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor in Social Work in 2018 and began her journey in case management. Ms. Betancourt has extensive experience in social services, as she has worked with vulnerable populations such as juvenile youth, pregnant and parenting teens, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ms. Betancourt went a step further and decided to complete her Masters of Social Work with a focus on Latinx individuals and families at Our Lady of The Lake University in San Antonio. She completed her field education at YWCA, and was offered a full-time lead therapist position in May 2022 shortly after she graduated.
Ms. Betancourt is bilingual and specializes in direct services with the Latinx population. She enjoys providing individual therapy services to adolescents, adults, especially Latinx women who are presenting with self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Ms. Betancourt enjoys focusing on client strengths to address presenting problems, while incorporating psychoeducation, and empathetic listening. She also enjoys doing community outreach for YWCA, she reaches out to partner organizations to provide psychoeducation groups to marginalized communities, and participates at health-fairs in the Austin community on behalf of YWCA to promote services.