Critical Consciousness as a Foundational Structure for Healing Practices

Knowledge of the mechanisms of oppression/oppressor systems are not reserved for therapists alone but shared with clients as part of the process of interrogating the very systems of  domination and oppression of which they are subject. Consciousness of one’s subjugation and one’s domination are powerful therapeutic tools essential to the healing process. Through the use of videotaped case presentations and some experiential interaction this workshop will highlight ways in which personal dynamics are intrinsically embedded within social, economic, and political contexts.  This process of building critical consciousness lays the foundation for hope and transformational change.


  • Participants will learn the relationship between raising critical consciousness and the therapeutic endeavor.
  • Participants will be offered specific tools to use with clients in the process of building the foundation for critical consciousness.

Rhea V. Almeida, MS, Ph.D., founder of IFS, is a family therapist, trainer and co-founder of the Liberation Based Healing Conference. Dr. Almeida is the author of numerous journal articles and three books: Expansions of Feminist Theory Through Diversity, Transformations in Gender and Race: Family and Developmental Perspectives and co-author of Transformative Family Therapy: Just Families in a Just Society. She serves on the boards of numerous peer review journals and is acknowledged internationally and nationally for her work on Intersectionality and Liberation Based Healing. In 2005 she received the American Family Therapy Academy Distinguished Award for Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy.

Date: Friday, January 20, 2017
Reception: 5:30-6:30
Presentation: 6:30-8:30
Admission: Free for Alumni, $15 for students, $30 for guests (non-alums). All attendees seeking CEUs will pay an additional fee of $20.

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