New York, NY
Yao Obiora Dibia is a clinician, social activist, human rights advocate and disciple of liberation theology and social justice. His thirty-one years of post-graduate experience as a social worker has spanned many movements and causes. This has included developing, training and supervising the first acupuncture based program aimed to treat addictions at Lincoln and Harlem Hospitals 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; addict community; and others, Mr. Washington has been afforded the opportunity to be with dynamic and dedicated people and exciting, innovative modalities and programs. Such as Harm Reduction, Alternatives to Violence, Batters Accountability Model, Soul-Centered Therapy, Seeking Safety and several Trauma informed models.
In 2004 an initiative to educate and bring awareness to male survivors was funded by the New York City Council. St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital’s Crime Victims Treatment Center was the prime mover in this effort. Mr. Washington 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. He is an active member of ABSW; NASW; New York State Men as Allies Coalition; New York State Crime Victims Academy; National Acupuncture Detox Association; and the Cures not Wars/Harm Reduction Working Group. He is a former member of the Male Survivor Board of Directors. Rommell Washington lives in the vibrant Dominican enclave of Inwood/Washington Heights across from the Old Dutch Dyckman Farmhouse in Northern Manhattan, with his two chihuahuas Chico and Novella.