2018 Liberation Based Healing Conference: Resist. Unite. Thrive
Saint Louis University
3050 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
Resist. Unite. Thrive
Whether you are an educator, student, administrator, clinician, or
activist these challenging times call for clarity in solidarity-work with
families and communities towards equity. Effectively doing so requires
that our practices engage in understanding the multiplicity of personal,
social and institutional locations that frame identities within historic,
economic and political life. The paradigm of Liberation-based Healing
locates these complexities within a societal matrix that shapes
relationships of: power, privilege, and oppression- building on the
foundations of Critical Consciousness, Empowerment and
Accountability in order to interrupt White, Cis-Hetero- Patriarchy as a
dominant discourse within a Capitalist context of Coloniality.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." - Audre Lorde
Tentative Program Schedule:
DAY 1 - FRIDAY, October 12, 2018
WELCOME 8:45 AM
Jonathan Smith, PhD, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion,
Saint Louis University
Rhea Almeida, Co-Founder, Liberation Healing Conference
Jack McLinden, SJ
Remembering: “Whose Streets”Overview of Coloniality and Lived Experiences: Who are the discardables of our society?
Film Dialogue and Reflection
The Interruption of Coloniality: Social Determinants of Health
MODERATOR | Mabel Quinones
PRESENTERS | Jennifer Bello-Kottenstette, M.D., Abou Kaba,
Kelsey Kennedy & Monica Goodland
The purveyors of health outcomes frequently suggest that access to care determines one’s success in healthy living. Studying the role of lived experiences across social locations tells a different story. This panel will discuss social determinants of health as seen in their own research and practice.
Social Activism, Art & Music: Healing Initiatives
MODERATOR |Willie Tolliver
PRESENTERS | Kira Banks & Amber Johnson
Bridging the divide between the arts, music, activism and talk therapy. Senses and lived experiences exist in the real and imaginary spaces of our world. This presentation invites all systems of consciousness and accountability into the healing spaces.
The Meta Theatre Company
The Meta Theatre Company performs Fit The Description: In this interactive theatre piece, the cast members of The Meta Theatre Company will perform the lived experience of one of their cast members who is currently incarcerated. Using the context of transformative justice, the audience will be asked to share their experiences and knowledge of how to identify the harm of white supremacy, how to create liberation and healing for those harmed, and how to hold larger systems accountable for creating the harm.
Creative Pathways to Liberation: Healing Wounds of Coloniality
MODERATOR| Eunjung Ryu & José Paez
PRESENTERS | Katie Heiden-Rootes, Rhea Almeida, Lisa Dressner &
This panel revisits the historical roots of Family Therapy as a vision for collective healing. The historical arc from then to now witnesses competing forces between individual and systemic perspectives. Resisting the individual paradigm and embracing collective healing this panel focuses on the significance of interrupting institutional practices that rupture families through criminal justice, immigration, mental and healthcare policies as some illustrations. Therapeutic intentionality embraces expanded identities for stronger communities that embrace equity and liberation. A series of vignettes will highlight the process of liberation based healing through critical consciousness, empowerment and accountability.
Reclaiming Queer Youth Work: Centering Young People’s Voices
MODERATOR| Lisa Dressner
PRESENTERS| Bo Mureithi, Andy Mureithi, Julie Tilsen & Kenden Elliott
More and more, youth work is situated within the social service-psychiatric-juvenile justice industrial complex. This results in further marginalization of youth voices. For queer youth, this multiple-marginalization creates a range of specific problems. This panel will consider what becomes possible for youth work when queer youth are positioned at the center of the conversation and decision-making about what services should and can look like.
END OF DAY 5:00 pm
“Revolution is not a one time event.”
DAY 2 - SATURDAY, October 13, 2018
WELCOME 8:45 am
Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa
Writing as a healing and liberatory practice, and the role of artists and creatives in the creation of a free future.
Practices that Support Liberation & Healing
MODERATOR| Katie Heiden Rootes
PRESENTERS| Damayanthi Niles & Rebeccah Bennett
Liberation theology and practices serve a path towards disrupting hierarchies of coloniality and offering spiritual paths to being and wellbeing; the human core and condition. This panel will share their knowledge, experience, and work in co-creation of healing for communities.
BREAK & AUDIENCE DIALOGUE
Creative Healing Systems at the Colonial Wound
MODERATOR| Diana Melendez
PRESENTERS| Elizabeth Vega, Farooq Alihassan & Alex Ojeda
with MOSAIC Mentors
Art is a powerful weapon for protest, social change and a powerful challenge to the dominant discourse. Throughout history, artistic expression has opened up spaces where marginalized voices were silenced. This panel illustrates how art is used as a political force that can capture the complexities of intersectionality often better than words, by providing visual records of discarded lived experiences that demand our action.
Dance As An Intentional Form of Social Activism: Teens into Activists
Frenchy Haynes & Leyland Simmons
Black and brown voices: Resisting toxic masculinity and embracing
MODERATOR| José Miguel Paéz
PRESENTERS|Richard Mark, Leonard McKinnis & Jonathan Smith
This panel will elaborate on the constructs and symbols of masculinity that are embraced, subjugated and erased. Countering toxic masculinity this presentation will address the necessary humanity of gender fluidity, through gender expression, sexual orientation and lived experiences.
Coloring outside of the lines: Sisters speak out on Sexuality
MODERATOR| Rhea Almeida
PRESENTERS | Afrosexology (Dalychia &Rafaella), Bamby Salcedo & Mabel Quiñones
What is sexual agency and who does it belong to? This panel will interrogate the meaning and lifeblood of people, from youth through adulthood, from various otherized social locations across gender, gender expression and sexual orientation who bathe in the glory of their own sexuality. This panel punctuates the liberation of sexuality.
BREAK & AUDIENCE DIALOGUE
Decolonizing the Academe
MODERATORS| Latoya Smalls and Michele Baek
PRESENTERS| Willie Tolliver, Deborah Taffa, Danielle Davis & José Miguel Paez with CSUN students: Berali Carrillo, Rebeca Grande, Joana Rivas, Rhina Paniagua, Mayra Torres
CLOSING REMARKS| Lisa Dressner & Katie Heiden Rootes
PERFORMANCE| David "Chino" Contreras, CSUN MOSAIC Mentor & MSW Student
END OF DAY 2 - 5:00 PM
“We do this because the world we live in is house on fire and the people we love are burning.”
The LBHC offers Continuing Education Credits- contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Offer available on tickets listing.
Organize with your friends, colleagues and family and take advantage of our group discount!
(2017 LBHC @ SUNO, NOLA)
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II MonasteroSaint Louis University3050 Olive St.St. Louis, MO 63103
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