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9th Annual Liberation-Based Healing Conference

The Liberation-Based Healing Conference presents strategies that promote relational healing and liberation from the oppressive patterns that structure society.

This year’s conference theme is Speaking Truth to Power: Decolonization Through Liberation-Based Healing. Participants will learn to apply decolonizing practices to community and domestic violence, education, trauma, mental health and wellness, religious and spiritual practices, poverty, and youth empowerment.

On day one we will hear from therapists, teachers, and community activists from across North America who will describe initiatives created in their communities that promote healing, equity and access for all, and will engage participants in dialogue, inquiry and social action strategies.

Day two will bridge learning and strategies from local community members and activists to envision opportunities to form new alliances and generate liberation-based healing practices for grassroots community change. Participation in day two only is free and open to the public.

A message from the conference founder 

We want to extend our deepest apology to all of our Jewish friends and colleagues for the insensitivity of scheduling the Liberation-Based Healing Conference on Yom Kippur the holiest day of Jewish holidays. We allowed the challenging and complex schedules of national and local presenters to obscure the significance of the Jewish calendar. The Liberation-Based Healing Conference is based on building equity for all through decolonizing methods and practices. We want to assure that this will not happen again.

We hope you will continue to collaborate with us on this difficult and aspiring journey.

- Rhea Almeida, Institute for Family Services

Conference Details

Dates: Friday-Saturday, October 3-4, 2014 

Times: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days

Location: Friends of the Children, 65 NE Stanton, Portland, OR 97212
(503) 281-6633

Online registration is now closed. Walk in registrations will be accepted at the conference.

This conference was founded by the Institute for Family Services. The conference is co-organized and supported by the Center for Community Engagement at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

About Liberation-Based Healing

Liberation-based healing invokes critical dialogues and social action around empowerment, accountability and inclusion among individuals, families, and communities, and a systemic analysis of systems of domination and subordination across and within cultures, by addressing the interplay of power, privilege, and oppression in family and community life with clients, between clients, and with practitioners.

Liberation-based healing practices promote collaboration and inclusion among individuals, families, and communities within a context of equity. 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.  

Healing systems within this paradigm depart from the colonizing practices of traditional mental health, and embrace the multiple and unfinished pathways that emerging decolonization-thinking from the global South, Indigenous communities from the North, and South Asia, offer the world.

Learn about the history of the Liberation-Based Healing Conference 

About CEUs/PDUs earned at this conference

imageLewis & Clark is accredited by the Northwestern Association of Schools and Colleges and is an approved provider (#04228) of continuing education hours for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

 NASW-approved CEUs will also be available.

Conference Sponsors Include 

imageWe also thank the Alliance for Racial and Social Justice, and the Indigenous Nations Studies program at Portland State University for being sponsors.