Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

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

  • Rhea AlmeidaEmail author
  • Lisa Dressner
  • Willie Tolliver
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_823

“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” Audre Lorde

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.

Coloniality Matrix of Power

One of the most powerful weapons of the colonial matrix of power is hiding crimes against indigenous and enslaved peoples and keeping all of those harmed by the crimes “linked” to the sickness of a conquering society. The control of history, knowledge, health, and justice are features of the colonial matrix of power, or coloniality...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Institute for Family ServicesSomersetUSA
  2. 2.Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter CollegeNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico