Liberatory Healing Practices

Liberatory healing practices require decolonizing strategies. Decolonizing strategies call for changing the Paradigm, the lens, the language, and the journey. Liberatory healing practices necessitate debunking the myth of healing through diagnostic codes, individual structures and the rigid bifurcation of individuals, their families, their context and their healing spaces. It encompasses the multiplicity of personal and social, institutional locations that frame identities within historic, economic and political life. This workshop will lay the foundation for this framework and demonstrate how this perspective is widely applicable to families from multiple locations across class, race, and gender with a range of presenting issues. Videotaped case presentations as well as social media dialogues, and inquiry with the audience will be utilized.


rhea-almeidaRhea V. Almeida
, MS, PhD, founder of the Institute For Family Services (IFS), is a family therapist, trainer and educator. Creator of the Cultural Context Model, a Liberation Based Healing Perspective, 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  –  in therapeutic and policy practices. She is a co-founder of the national Liberation Based Healing Conference.

Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
CEUs for NYS: 6
CEUs for NASW – CT: 5


If you would like to mail or fax in your application form, download a printable application here.

The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.

If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111
training@ackerman.org