LBHC 2023

18th Annual Liberation Based Healing Conference

Start: November 3rd, 2023
9 am
End: November 4th, 2023
5 pm
Montclair State University

Critical consciousness. Empowerment. Accountability.

Together we explore the foundations of healing and liberation as we identify and decolonize our lived experiences.

The Liberation Based Healing Conference (LBHC) is an annual, two-day event that brings together scholars, activists, educators, students, staff and community members from all over the U.S. to engage in collective discourse about how coloniality shows up in traditional education and therapeutic models. The panels at this conference use an intersectional approach to dissect how societal-level markers, such as ability, age, class, citizenship, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual identity, show up simultaneously in community and individual levels as power and privilege.

Year after year, the Liberation Based Healing Conference, founded by the Institute for Family Services, creates opportunities to share strategies that promote relational healing and liberation. It’s a celebration of our work, our creativity and our culture, and an opportunity to change the world for the better in both incremental and profound ways.

18th Annual Liberation Based Healing Conference: Important Details

    • Co-hosted by Montclair State University, located on a beautiful campus in northern New Jersey, less than an hour from New York City and easily accessible by public transportation.
    • Co-sponsored by Montclair State University and Tri-County Care Management Organization (CMO) of Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties in New Jersey.
    • 16 CEUs available for social workers, marriage and family therapists, and counselors.
    • 16 CEUs available for professional development for teachers
    • ASL translation will be available


We are excited the announce the following speakers and performers for the 18th Annual Liberation Based Healing Conference:

Rhea V. Almeida, MS, Ph.D., LCSW
Mayida Zaal, Ph.D.

Speakers Performers
Deja Amos Antoine Hunter
Juan Carlos Areán Maggie Whittum
Desiree Armas Avi Wisnia
Jennifer Ayala, Ph.D. Meta Theatre
Minnijean Brown Trickey
Jim Christy
Jesica S. Fernández
Scarlett Guajala
Mark Harris
Clory Jackson
Patricia Krueger-Henney
Ryan Lilienthal
Andrea Nikté Juárez Mendoza
James Parauda
Denise Pflaumer-Capici
Reginald Rosarion
Carla Shalaby
David Stovall
Virgie Tavor
Dr. Niobe Way
Britton Williams
J. Corey Willams
Avi Wisnia


For more details, visit our speakers and performers page here.

We’ll be bringing together top health practitioners, therapists, community activists, educators and more for dialogue and inquiry focused on a system of relational healing that embraces critical consciousness, empowerment and accountability. We’ll be sharing more about the conference and its speakers in the upcoming weeks.


Save the date for the 18th Annual Liberation Based Healing Conference!

Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Red Hawk Parking Garage – pay upon exit (Max $12)
Exit garage on 5th floor from the back of building toward the soccer field. Follow signs to the Student Center. 
Accessible Parking:  
Lot 38 (near the Red Hawk Diner)
1 Quad Road, Montclair, NJ  07043
Lot #38 – requires a pay-by-phone payment
Follow accessible ramp into the Student Center 
Questions please contact:
Dr. Mayida Zaal 
call or text: 908-202-2602 

Professionals: $190; $170 if you register to attend both days by July 31, 2023
Students: $75 for individuals; $50 per person for groups of 4
Registration fees include breakfast and lunch for both days.