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.

Dr. Almeida received the American Family Therapy Award for Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy. She is annually honored by the Award from the Domestic Violence Hotline for her work with women and families with domestic violence. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her work with men and community healing practices.

  1. Almeida, R. (1990). Asian Indian mothers. Journal of Feminist Family
    Therapy, 2(2), 33-39.
  2. Almeida, R. & Bograd, M. (1991). Sponsorship: Men holding men
    accountable for domestic violence. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 25, 243-256.
  3. Almeida, R. Mentoring in the evolving context of diversity.AFTA
    newsletter. 1993, 52, 13-16.
  4. Almeida, R. (1993). Unexamined assumptions and service delivery
    systems: Feminist theory and racial exclusions. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 5, 3-23
  5. Almeida, R. (1994). Expansions of feminist family theory through
    diversity, Haworth Press: New York.
  6. 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.
  7. Almeida, R. (1997). An interview with Rhea Almeida. Journal of feminist
    therapy. 9(1), pp. 73-90.
  8. 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.
  9. Almeida, R. (1997). What Straight Therapists Can Do: In The Family
    Magazine 1997 pp. 7-11.
  10. Almeida, R. (1998). Transformations of gender and race: Family and
    developmental perspectives, . New York: Haworth.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. Almeida, R. & Parker, L., (1998). Balance as fairness for whom?
    Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 10(3), 33-53
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Almeida, R. & Ken Dolan-Delvecchio (1999). Addressing culture in
    batterer’s Intervention. Violence against women, 5(6), 654-683.
  17. Almeida, R. & Durkin, T. (1999). The cultural context model: Therapy
    for couples with domestic violence. Journal for Marital and Family Therapy, 25, 169-176.
  18. Almeida, R. Probing beyond the bruises. Networker. May/June 2000,
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Almeida, R. When a ghost comes to therapy. The Family Therapy
    Networker In Case Commentary I. pp. 72-76.
  22. Almeida, R. (2005). Case Commentary. Shame & Rage, R. Efhron, (Ed).
    In Psychotherapy Networker, May.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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

  1. Parker, L. (2003). A Social justice model for clinical social work.
    Affilia, 18, 272-288.
  2. Parker, L. (2008). The Cultural Context Model: A Case Study of
    Social Justice-Based Clinical Practice. Social Justice in Context. 3, 25-40.
  3. 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.
  4. Pilar Hernandez, Rhea Almeida & Ken Dolan-Delvecchio Critical
    Consciousness, Accountability, and Empowerment: Key Processes for Helping Families Heal.
  5. Almeida, R.V. Encyclopedia of Social Work Online (2013).Cultural
    Equity and the Displacement of Othering: Click here to download PDF
  6. Almeida, R. & Bograd, M. (1991). Sponsorship: Men holding men
    accountable for domestic Violence. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 25, 243-256.

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:

  1. RoutledgeN. Pewewardy & R. Almeida (2014). Articulating
    the Scaffolding of White Supremacy: The Act of Naming in Liberation. In The Journal of Progressive Human Services.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Pewewardy, N. (2007). Challenging white privilege:
    Critical discourse for social work education. Council on Social Work Education, Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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