OPEN REGISTRATION Liberation-Based Healing Conference 2016
$40 – $300
OPEN REGISTRATION Liberation-Based Healing Conference 2016

OPEN REGISTRATION Liberation-Based Healing Conference 2016

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Silberman School of Social Work

2180 3rd Avenue

New York, NY 10035

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Revolutionizing Our Scholarship, Our Streets and Our Practices”

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.  

What can a participant expect at the LBHC? Here's a look at our panel titles and Keynotes: 

Friday – November 11, 2016

[8:45 – 9:00 am] Opening – Welcome

[9:05 – 9:15 am] Opening Blessing


[9:20 – 9:45 am] Critical Pedagogy and Intersectionality

[9:50-10:25 am]  Keynote:

Jacqueline Battalora, author of Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today

[10:25– 10:35 am] BREAK

[10:40 – 11:40 am] The Colonial Matrix of Power and Privilege: Within and Outside of our Legal Institutions 

[11:40 – 12 :00 pm]  Audience dialogue 

[12:00-12:50 pm] LUNCH (included in registration) 

Spiderwoman Theatre presentation in Auditorium

[1:00 – 2:00 pm] Lived Experiences within Social, Political and Environmental Scaffoldings

[2:10 – 3:10 pm] Coloniality and Emerging Border Epistemologies Keynotes: 

Walter Mignolo & Thomas Nikundiwe

[3:10 - 3:20 pm] BREAK

[3:20 – 4:40pm] Healing Practices in Social Work and Mental Health 

[4:40pm – 4:50pm] Audience Dialogue

[4:50pm – 5:00pm] CLOSING CEREMONY 

Film Presentation: Walk With Me  is an expressionistic portrait of three women. The film centers on the artists while they are working in prisons, community centers and schools. Directed/Produced by Tanisha Christie and Ellie Walton, Walk With Me reveals that one person - one artist - can make a difference.   

SATURDAY – November 12, 2016

[8:45 – 9:10 am] Opening: Spoken Word

[9:15-10:15 am] State Sanctioned Violence/Police Surveillance

[10:15 - 10:30 am]  Audience Dialogue

[10:30 – 10:45 am] BREAK 

[10:45 -11:45 am]  Linking the Matrix of Domination and Oppression to Familial and Community Violence

[11:45 am – 12:30 pm] LUNCH 

[12:40 - 2:00 pm]  Keynotes: 

Trans lives matter! Justice for Islan Nettles, Film by Seyi Adebanjo

This is a powerful and intensely moving documentary film of a community vigil for Islan Nettles, concerning her nature and life. This endeavor captured the love and support the community brought to sustain each other and her family; along with the continued oppression that occurs in the Queer community noting the increasingly particular targeting of transgender and gender non-conforming people. 

Bamby Salcedo: Transpeople and the Fault Line of their Lives

[2:00 – 2:15pm] BREAK

[2:20 - 3:30pm] Creative Pathways to Liberation: Healing wounds of Coloniality

[3:45 – 3:55 pm] BREAK

[4:00 4:15]  Keynote:

Anne Williams Isom, Chief Executive Officer for the Harlem Children's Zone ®

[4:20 – 5:00 pm]  Performance by The Theater for Social Change

CLOSING REMARKS: Rhea Almeida & Willie Tolliver

Click here to see our video to learn more:

This event offers 15 CEU's for attending both days!

NYS Continuing Education Certificate Form

Saturday, Nov. 12 is FREE and open to the community. If you would like to attend, please sign up to ensure a seat. Send an email with your name and contact info to


Rhea Almeida                                    Chris Bridges

Darrin Brown                                     Lisa Dressner

Colleen Henry                                   Tricia Stephens

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 Chenfeng                             Anne Williams-Isom

Stephanie Carpizio                           Jon Whelan

Diana Melendez                                Tanya Fields

The Theater for Social Change       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:

Affinia Hotel

Days Inn Hotel

The Hotel Elysee

Hotel 48Lex NY

Morgans Hotel

Hotel Chandler

Additional 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?

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