THE ANNUAL LIBERATION-BASED HEALING CONFERENCE
Since 2005 the Institute for Family Services has been bringing together health practitioners, and therapists, community activists and organizers, educators, faith and community leaders, students and more for dialogue and inquiry focused on a system of relational healing that embraces critical consciousness, empowerment, and accountability.
Decolonizing Strategies call for changing the paradigm, the lens, the language and the journey and 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.
These strategies encompass the multiplicity of personal and social, institutional locations that frame identities within historical, economic and political life. People within our own and global localities are unwittingly located within a range of broad and nuanced descriptors that may or may not include nationality, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability or religious preference.
In our work we trace identity markers that are both simultaneously visible and concealed, and largely unacknowledged by current Western models of psychological practice.
Through liberation-based healing, we are able to address these complexities within a societal matrix that reshapes our relationship with power, privilege and oppression.