Whether you are an educator, student, administrator, clinician, or activist these challenging times call for unity and clarity around supporting families and communities towards equity. Effectively doing so requires that our work engages in understanding the multiplicity of personal, social and institutional locations that frame identities within historic, economic and political life. The paradigm of Liberation-based healing locates these complexities within a societal matrix that shapes relationships: power, privilege, and oppression building on the foundations of Critical Consciousness, Empowerment and Accountability in order to interrupt White, Cis-Hetero-Patriarchy as a dominant discourse within a Capitalist context of coloniality.
Founded by The Institute for Family Services (IFS), the LBHC offers strategies that promote healing by interrupting oppressive societal structures with justice-based practices. The conference grew out of a general disillusionment by scholars/practitioners and those they were serving, with mainstream conferences in the mental health fields (psychology, family therapy, counseling). These conferences increasingly trended towards traditional offerings accessing dominant groups, with few presentations addressing issues critical to the well-being of those who face the complex and lived experiences of marginalization in their daily lives. We, like many others, wanted to connect with a critical mass of liberation-based healing scholars and young minds to work towards building a scholarship that departed from the dominant discourse situating life affirming and transformative experiences within historical, present and future trajectories of life.
What can a participant expect at the LBHC? This two-day conference keeps intersectionality at the center of its planning and facilitation; we bring in a range of speakers representing and centering on the experiences of voices who've been marginalized and disenfranchised. We will examine systems of criminal justice, community and domestic violence, education, immigration, health and mental health, religious and spiritual practices, homelessness, mass incarceration, etc.
On day one of this two-day training we will hear from researchers, scholars, therapists, teachers, and community leaders who will describe initiatives created in their communities that promote healing, equity and access for all, through panel dialogues that will engage participants in dialogue, inquiry, and social action strategies. Day two (which is open to the public) will bridge learning and strategies from the local community members and activists to envision and implement opportunities to form new alliances and generate liberation-based healing practices for grassroots community change. All speakers who participate are invited to share their work and experience while embracing their efforts to address the ways in which power, privilege, and oppression shape our lives and well-being at an institutional and personal level. This conference also provides a rare forum for community organizers and youth to present and engage with these ideas and strategies. Click here to see our video to learn more:
This event offers 16 CEU's!
Rhea Almeida Chris Bridges
Darrin Brown Lisa Dressner
Colleen Henry Allen Kwabene Frimpong
Jacqueline Battalora Elise Tiralli
Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele Mimi Kim
Willie Tolliver Alma Trinidad
Spiderwoman Theater Group Hi-Arts
Jose Paez Mabel Quinones
Walter Mignolo Tanisha Christie
Thomas Nikundiwe Seyi Adebanjo
Jimmie Briggs Bamby Salcedo
Carolyn Tubbs Mehnaz Afridi
Jessica Chen Anne Williams-Isom
Stephanie Carpizio The Theater for Social Change
Diana Melendez And many more.......
What are the nearest airports to the conference location?
If traveling into NYC, the nearest airports are:
John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Newark International Airport (NWK)
What are the nearest hotels to the conference location?
Links to Hotels:
Is public transportation available?
NYC subways and buses are available 24/7
Below is a link to a map of the NYC subway system, which is the most affordable ($2.75/ride and often fastest) way to get around town.
If traveling from Westchester County or CT, Metro North is another good option with the closest stop to the Silberman campus at Harlem-125th Street.
Yellow and green cabs can be hailed. Alternately, Uber and Lyft are widely used throughout the city.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact WeCare4UIFS@gmail.com for more information.