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LCADV, NOFJC: Healing and Accountability Summit

  • New Orleans Family Justice Center 701 Loyola Avenue New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)

The Healing and Accountability Summit will be a free, full day gathering to learn about various intervention and accountability models for those who commit domestic violence, as well as discussions of community and systems-level accountability. Drawing on varied approaches nationwide, the summit will give those in New Orleans an opportunity to reflect on our current paradigm of intervention and how we could shift our approaches to create more safety and healing. It will be a chance to deepen our understanding of effective, survivor-centered intervention and how we measure ‘success’ in transforming the massive social and public health problem of domestic violence.


Event: Healing & Accountability Summit

Date: June 21st, 8:30-4:30

Location: 701 Loyola 3rd & 4th floors

Hosts/Sponsors: LCADV, NOFJC

CEUs available

Confirmed speakers

Ulester Douglas, Men Stopping Violence, Atlanta

In addition to his work as Executive Director of Men Stopping Violence, Ulester is a licensed psychotherapist with extensive training in working with individuals, families and communities impacted by violence. Ulester obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and recently completed his third year as an adjunct professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Ulester was honored by Lifetime Television for Women and the National Network to End Domestic Violence in 2003, and in 2012 by The Ford Motor Company, for his work to end violence against women.

Lisa Nitsch, House of Ruth, Maryland

Lisa serves as Director of Clinical Services & Education at House of Ruth Maryland. Lisa is responsible for oversight of adult therapeutic services, children’s therapy, residential childcare, intervention programs for perpetrators of intimate partner violence, and the agency’s Training Institute.

Lisa consulted on federal legislation regarding responsible fatherhood programs and domestic violence at the invitation of the White House in 2010. She served as the Vice President of the national organization, Women in Fatherhood, for over six years and as Chair of Maryland’s Abuse Intervention Collaborative for ten years. She currently serves on the Governor’s Family Violence Council and Baltimore City’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.

Dr. Rhea Almeida, Institute for Family Services, New Jersey

Rhea V. Almeida, Ph.D, is a family therapist, trainer and educator. She is the author of numerous journal articles and three books: Expansions of Feminist Theory Through DiversityTransformations in Gender and Race: Family and Developmental Perspectives and co-author of Transformative Family Therapy: Just Families in a Just Society. She is the founder of the Institute for Family Services. Her 4th book was recently released, in April 2019.

Dr. Willie Tolliver, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, The City University of New York

Willie Tolliver is Associate Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the Doctoral Social Welfare Faculty of the Graduate School & University Center of The City University of New York. He has a range of experience in research, administration, and direct services. Dr. Tolliver has published extensively, presented and participated in various panels on challenging inequities, racism, poverty, etc. Dr. Tolliver was the recipient of the Hunter College Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018. In July and August of 2018, Dr. Tolliver returned to his North Florida roots where he served as a consultant on the successful re-election campaign for Democratic Congressman Alfred Lawson.

Albery Abreu, MSW, Family Wellness Program, NYC

Albery is program coordinator and therapist for the Family Wellness Program of the Children’s Aid. With a special interest in working with teenagers, Mr. Abreu is also a prevention educator for Freedom Institute’s Hallways program, an NYC- based prevention program tailored to the specific challenges faced by independent school communities.

Mr. Abreu has also worked as a facilitator for Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families Teen Accountability and Relationship Abuse Prevention Program educating teenagers on healthy relationships and helping inspire them create their own positive definitions of masculinity, manhood, and strength. Additionally, he has been a peer educator and trainer with STEPS Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP), which partners with nine New York City high schools to provide outreach, education, and counseling on abusive relationships for students.


Local speakers

Noble Barkley, PLPC, Family Services of Greater New Orleans

Noble Barkley is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor at Family Service of Greater New Orleans, a non-profit organization that has been serving Orleans and Jefferson parish for over 100 years. Mr. Barkley primarily provides services through the Psychoeducation Department, which encompasses the Domestic Violence Intervention and Anger Management Program as well as the NOLA Dads and the Healthy Relationships Program. Mr. Barkley is responsible for providing evidenced based and culturally competent counseling in both individual and group settings for these programs within the facility as well as in the community.

Allen Powell, LCSW-BACS, No Abuse Coalition

Allen is a graduate of Divine Word College where he studied Sociology, theology and philosophy. He received his MSW from Tulane University in 1982 and he obtained his license in 1985.

He became a part of the No Abuse Coalition doing DV groups for men shortly before becoming an incorporator of its Limited Liability Corporation in 1995. He has facilitated men’s DV groups since 1996 until present. He has volunteered with NASW as the chair of the New Orleans branch on the state board and received the Dorothy Schenthal Leadership Award while doing so. He has been a recipient of the Millie Charles Founder’s Award of NOABSW.

Allen is one of the 10 founders of NABSW Afrikan Jegna Collective working toward development and healing of Black men. He is an active member of the pastoral council of St. Augustine Catholic Church.  He is also an advocate with the All Together in Dignity 4th World Movement. 


701 Loyola Ave.

Third and Fourth Floors

New Orleans Family Justice Center 

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Healing and Accountability Summit is FREE. Although there is no cost, please register so that we have the appropriate amount of materials. Coffee and lunch will be provided. 6 CEUs will be offered for social workers for The Healing and Accountability Summit for a fee of $40. Donations to the NOFJC welcome. Payments can be made on the day of the summit by cash or card.