Yao Obiora Dibia, LCSW, ACSW
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Yao-Obiora (he, him, and his) is a social work supervisor, program administrator, clinician, health and human rights advocate, and practitioner of healing centered experiences, and social justice. His forty years of post-graduate experience as a social worker has spanned many movements and causes. This has included developing, training and supervising the first ear acupuncture
based program aimed to treat addictions at Lincoln and Harlem Hospital in New York City. Advocating and developing the first comprehensive housing program in the nation for persons with HIV/AIDS.
Whether working with youth, adolescents; the mentally able; sexual assault survivors; substance disorders; and others. Yao Obiora has been afforded the opportunity to be with dynamic, dedicated people and exciting, innovative modalities and programs. Such as Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, Alternatives to Violence, Social Presencing Theatre, Soul-Centered Therapy, Focusing/Embodied Listening, AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), Hakomi (Mindful and Somatic Based Therapy), Indigenous Focus Oriented Therapy (IFOT), and other trauma informed models. In 2004 an initiative to educate and bring awareness to male sexual assault survivors was funded by the New York City Council. Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital’s Crime Victims Treatment Center was the prime mover in this effort. Yao Obiora gives presentations and training to community-based groups, agencies and organizations, and professional service providers. In addition to increasing awareness of the sexual abuse of boys and men he provides individual and group psychotherapy.
A most exciting project is the partnership with Alliance of Families for Justice’s Self Knowledge Circles and the development of Songa Mbele (an initiative focusing on Young Men of Color and trauma/violence). He is an active member of ABSW; NASW; New York State Men as Allies Coalition; New York State Crime Victims Academy (Instructor); National Acupuncture Detox Association Board of Directors; and the Cures not Wars/Harm Reduction Working Group. He is a former member of the Male Survivor Board of Directors. And an active participant with the South-South Institute on the Victimization of Men and Boys, based in Cambodia. Recently he has begun collaboration with Reciprocity, an organization dedicated to providing wellness programs to LGBTQ youth.
Yao Obiora lives in the vibrant Dominican enclave of Inwood/Washington Heights across from the Old Dutch Dyckman Farmhouse in Northern Manhattan, with his cat, Gutta. Yao is also known as Rommell Washington.