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Decolonizing Couples and Family Therapy: Social Justice Praxis in Liberatory Healing Community Practice

Posted on August 24, 2020

Conventional wisdom distilled from Western psychology focuses on the emotional connectivity of couples as an indicator of their health. Nevertheless perforations from oppressive forces seriously impact the development and security of couples lives. These lived experiences lacerate the emotional bonding of a couple. Therapeutic attention to the mature and healthy bond of a couple necessitates the process of naming and disrupting oppressive forces that shape the spaces and places in which emotional bonding of a couple occurs.

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The Radical Therapist #059 – Liberation Based Healing Practices with Dr. Rhea Almeida, LCSW, Ph.D.

Posted on March 23rd, 2019

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Coloniality and Intersectionality in Social Work Education and Practice

The history of social work education is deeply entangled with the structures of White supremacy and coloniality. Through an analysis of coloniality, the system from which social work operates, this article outlines an alternative framework of intersectionality, which decodes the dominant discourse in relation to power, privilege, White supremacy, and gender oppression.

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Batterer’s Intervention Program: Accountability for Heterosexual and LGBTQ + Perpetrators of Intimate Violence

  • Interrupting patterns of violence and coercive control through the use of specially adapted tools for a diverse populations
  • Inter-generational work is done with all family members participating to address trauma
  • Work with victims and children to heal the whole family
  • Substance abuse education is provided and recovery work is integrated into our program
  • Non-violent parenting techniques are provided, working with men in their roles as partners and fathers and community members

Publications by IFS Faculty Include:

Dr. Rhea Almeida, LCSW, Ph.D.

Rhea V. Almeida, MS, Ph.D., LCSW, founder of IFS, is a family therapist and Columbia Graduate. She has 25 years experience as a teacher, therapist, consultant, speaker and author. Creator of the Cultural Context Model, Dr. Almeida is the author of three books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her upcoming book Liberatory Healing Practices is due to come out in 2017. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her standpoing on Intersectionality and Liberatory Healing Practices.

  • Almeida, R., Melendez, D., Paez, J. (2015) Liberation-based Practice. In Encyclopedia of Social Work. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1159
  • Almeida, R. (1990). Asian Indian mothers. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 2(2), 33-39.
  • Almeida, R. & Bograd, M. (1991). Sponsorship: Men holding men accountable for domestic violence. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 25, 243-256.
  • Almeida, R. Mentoring in the evolving context of diversity.AFTA newsletter. 1993, 52, 13-16.
  • Almeida, R. (1993). Unexamined assumptions and service delivery systems: Feminist theory and racial exclusions. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 5, 3-23
  • Almeida, R. (1994). Expansions of feminist family theory through diversity, Haworth Press: New York.
  • Almeida, R., Messineo, T., Woods, R., & Font, R. (1994). Violence in the lives of the racially and sexually different: A public and private dilemma. In R. Almeida (Ed) Expansions of feminist family theory through diversity. (pp 99-126) Haworth Press: New York.
  • Almeida, R. (1997). An interview with Rhea Almeida. Journal of feminist therapy. 9(1), pp. 73-90.
  • Almeida, R. (1997). Has the focus on multiculturalism resulted in inadequate attention to factors such as gender, social class, and sexual orientation? In D. deAnda (Ed.), Controversial issues in multiculturalism (pp. 261-275). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Almeida, R. (1997). What Straight Therapists Can Do: In The Family Magazine 1997 pp. 7-11.
  • Almeida, R. (1998). Transformations of gender and race: Family and developmental perspectives, . New York: Haworth.
  • Almeida, R. (1998). Expanded reference guide to feminism for family therapists. In R. Almeida (Ed.), Transformations of gender and race: Family and developmental perspectives, (pp. 20-22). New York: Haworth Press.
  • Almeida, R. (1998). The dislocation of women’s experience in Family Therapy. In R. Almeida (Ed), Transformations of gender and race: Family and Developmental perspectives, (pp1-22). New York: Haworth Press
  • Almeida, R. & Parker, L., (1998). Balance as fairness for whom? Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 10(3), 33-53
  • Almeida, R., Woods, R., & Messineo, T.(1998). Child development: Intersectionality of race, gender, and culture. In R. Almeida (Ed.), Transformations of gender and race (pp. 23-47). New York: Haworth Press.
  • Almeida, R., Woods, R., Messineo, T., & Font, R. (1998). Cultural context model. In M. McGoldrick (Ed.), Re-visioning family therapy: Race, culture, gender in clinical practice (pp. 414-431). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Almeida, R. & Ken Dolan-Delvecchio (1999). Addressing culture in batterer’s Intervention. Violence against women, 5(6), 654-683.
  • Almeida, R. & Durkin, T. (1999). The cultural context model: Therapy for couples with domestic violence. Journal for Marital and Family Therapy, 25, 169-176.
  • Almeida, R. Probing beyond the bruises. Networker. May/June 2000,23-24.
  • Almeida, R. (2003), Creating collectives of liberation. In Thelma Jean Goodrich and Louise B. Silverstein (Eds.), Feminist family therapy: Empowerment in social context (pp. 293 - 305).Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Almeida, R. (2005) An Overview of Hindu, Muslim and Christian. In M. McGoldrick, J. Giordano and N. Garcia Preto. Ethnicity & Family Therapy. The Guilford Press, New York, NY.
  • Almeida, R. When a ghost comes to therapy. The Family Therapy Networker In Case Commentary I. pp. 72-76.
  • Almeida, R. (2005). Case Commentary. Shame & Rage, R. Efhron, (Ed). In Psychotherapy Networker, May.
  • Almeida, R., & Lockard, J. (2005). The cultural context model: A new paradigm for accountability, empowerment, and the development of critical consciousness Against domestic violence. In N. Sokoloff (Ed) Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings on Race, Class, Gender, and Culture.(pp301-320). Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • Almeida, R.; Dolan-Del Vecchio, K.; Parker, L. (2007). Foundation Concepts for Social Justice Based Therapy: Critical Consciousness, Accountability, and Empowerment. In Aldarondo, E. (Ed.) Promoting Social Justice Through Mental Health Practice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Almeida, R., Dolan-Del Vecchio, K., & Parker, L.(2007). Transformative Family Therapy: Just Families in a Just Society. Allyn & Bacon.

Publications on the Cultural Context Model

  • Parker, L. (2003). A Social justice model for clinical social work.Affilia, 18, 272-288.
  • Parker, L. (2008). The Cultural Context Model: A Case Study of Social Justice-Based Clinical Practice. Social Justice in Context. 3, 25-40.
  • Hernández, P. Siegel, A. & Almeida, R. (2009). How does the cultural context model facilitate therapeutic change? Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 35(1), 97-110.
  • Pilar Hernandez, Rhea Almeida & Ken Dolan-Delvecchio Critical Consciousness, Accountability, and Empowerment: Key Processes for Helping Families Heal.
  • Almeida, R.V. Encyclopedia of Social Work Online (2013).Cultural Equity and the Displacement of Othering
  • Almeida, R. & Bograd, M. (1991). Sponsorship: Men holding men accountable for domestic Violence. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 25, 243-256.

Dr. Carolyn Tubbs Ph.D

Dr. Tubbs is an Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX. She earned her master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University and her doctorate in Child Development and Family Studies/Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University.  Dr. Tubbs was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Family Research Consortium III and a Research Scientist at Penn State University for the Welfare, Children and Families: A Three City-Study, a multi-site ethnographic study on welfare reform. Dr. Tubbs is an associate editor for JMFT and a member of the Taos Institute.  Her research interests include qualitative research methodology, shared parenting among couples with a history of intimate partner violence, healthcare disparities, mental and physical health issues, and parenting in low-income populations. Currently, she is collaborating with the Institute for Family Services on evaluation and dissemination research.

  • Almeida, R., Hernandez-Wolfe, P., & Tubbs, C. Y. (2011).  Cultural equity:  Bridging the complexity of social identities with therapeutic practices.  The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 3, 43-56.
  • Hernandez-Wolfe, P., Brown, A.L., Almeida, R., Tubbs, C. & Hann, C. (2008). Cultural Equity Assessment System (CEAS). Adapted from: Raheim, S., White, C., Denborough, D., Waldegrave, C., Tamasee, K., Tuhaka., F., Franklin, A., Fox H., & Maggie Carey. An invitation to narrative practitioners to address privilege and dominance. Dulwich Centre Website electronic transmission Sept. 17, 2008.
  • Davey, M., Davey, A., Tubbs, C., Savla, J., Anderson, S.R., & Janke, M.C. (2012). Second order change and evidence-based practice. Journal of Family Therapy, 34 (1), 72-90.
  • Almeida, R., Hernandez-Wolfe, P., & Tubbs, C. Y. (2011). Cultural equity: Bridging the complexity of social identities with therapeutic practices. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 3, 43-56.
  • Davey, M. P., Tubbs, C. Y., Kissil, K., & Nino, A. (2011). “We are survivors too”: African American youths’ experiences of coping with parental breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 20, 77-87.
  • Davey, M. P., Kissil, K., Nino, A., & Tubbs, C. Y. (2010). “They paid no mind to my state of mind”: African American breast cancer patients’ experiences of cancer care delivery. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 28, 683-698.
  • Kissil, K. Nino, A., Jacobs, S. Davey, M., & Tubbs, C. Y. (2010). “It has been a good growing experience for me”: Growth experiences among African American youth coping with parental cancer. Families, Systems, & Health, 28, 274-289.
  • Tubbs, C. Y. (2010). African American women’s perspectives of shared parenting after dissolution of a violent relationship. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 22, 130-152.
  • Mitchell, M. B., Kuczynski, L., Tubbs, C. Y., & Ross, C. (2010). We care about care: Advice by children in care for children in care, foster parents, and child welfare workers about the transition into foster care. Child and Family Social Work, 15 (2), 176-185.
  • Tubbs, C. Y., Roy, K., & Burton, L. (2005). Family ties: Constructing family time in low-income families. Family Process, 44, 77-91.
  • *Roy, K., Tubbs, C. Y., & Burton, L. (2004). Don’t have no time: Daily rhythms and the organization of time. Family Relations, 53, 168-178.
  • Tubbs, C. Y. (Winter 1999-2000). Ethical issues affecting supervision within postmodern clinical models. American Family Therapy Academy Newsletter, 78, 44-45.
  • Tubbs, C. Y. & Boss, P. (2000). An essay for practitioners: Dealing with ambiguous loss. Family Relations, 49, 285-286.
  • Piercy, F. P. & Tubbs, C. Y. (1996). Tapping internal resources: Guided imagery in couple therapy. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 15 (3), 53-64
  • *This article was selected as one of the top 20 nominees for the UUUU2005 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family ResearchUUUU. The award is given to the author(s) of the best research paper published during a given year.

Dr. Nocona Pewewardy Ph.D

Nocona Pewewardy holds an MSW from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas. In the fall of 2013, after two decades of engaging in social work practice, research, and education, Nocona enrolled in law school at the University of Oregon to become a public interest legal advocate.

Nocona’s work includes publications focused on challenging white privilege. Her scholarship has evolved to explicitly address how white privilege, as a manifestation of structural white supremacy, operates in social work practice and discourse. Dr. Pewewardy is faculty at the Institute for Family Services and provides training and consultations to organizations on white privilege.

The evolution of Nocona’s standpoint is captured in the following publications:

  • N. Pewewardy & R. Almeida (2014). Articulating the Scaffolding of White Supremacy: The Act of Naming in Liberation. In The Journal of Progressive Human Services.
  • Pewewardy, N., Almeida, R., Dressner, L., & Hann, C. (2011). Cultural Competence with European Americans: A Red Herring Concept in Social Work Practice. In Lum, Culturally competent practice: A framework for understanding diverse groups and social justice issue (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.
  • Pewewardy, N. (2008). What is the Value of Discourse Regarding White Privilege for Social Work Education? In D. Van Soest & B. Garcia, Diversity education for social justice: Mastering teaching skills (2nd, ed., pp. 230-251). Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pewewardy, N. (2007). Challenging white privilege: Critical discourse for social work education. Council on Social Work Education, Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pewewardy, N. (2004).The political is personal: The essential obligation of white feminist family therapists to deconstruct white privilege. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 16(1), 53-67.
  • Pewewardy, N., & Severson, M. (2003). A threat to liberty: White privilege and disproportionate minority incarceration. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 14(2), 53-74.

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