Ponce, Puerto Rico 2013

Liberation Based Healing Conference 2013

2013 Conference Information

Join Liberation-Based Healing practitioners for Domestic, Youth and Community Violence: Liberatory Practices, a pre-conference workshop at the Annual Convention of the Puerto Rican Psychological Association.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Ponce Hilton, Puerto Rico

About Liberation-Based Healing

Liberation-based healing invokes critical dialogues and social action around empowerment and accountability, while liberation-based healing practices promote empowerment, accountability and inclusion among individuals, families, and communities.  This paradigm of healing departs from the colonizing practices of traditional mental health and family therapy. As part of a complex mosaic of intersectionality, individuals are seen in relation to their culture, race, gender, and sexual orientation, as well as their social, political and historical contexts.

HISTORY: Many of us working towards creating a critical mass of liberation-based healing scholars found mainstream conferences in mental health (psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, and counseling) trending towards traditional offerings with a few cutting-edging presentations. We identified a need to create a space for us to come together with like-minded scholars to dialogue with one another and further challenge our thinking. That was the spirited origin of this conference.

In the spirit of shared spaces and shared communities, we chose to travel the conference  inviting various localities to co-host with us. This has provided multiple regions and communities around the country with the opportunity to experience and participate with this exciting conference.


Whether you are an educator, administrator, clinician, or community activist, these challenging times call for UNITY and CLARITY around supporting families and communities.

Join us for a two-day dialogue that shifts the paradigm from pathology to liberation-centered healing, policy, and practice.

We will present strategies that promote relational healing and liberation from the oppressive patterns that structure society.  We invite participants to engage in dialogue and inquiry about how these ideas can be applied to their lives — and across multiple contexts.