The Midlands Lead Team aims to create environments that support the therapy profession to work with the impact of race on identity and mental health. The Team are based in Birmingham.

The team are Aneet Kaur, Edieneh Spence, Jill Morgan and Ian Thompson

Email the team: midlands@baatn.org.uk

News

Edieneh Spence from the Midlands Team speaks on The Sista CollectivePodcast – Episode: The black Superwoman

“Every superwoman has her kryptonite”

Link to Episode

Presentations for Counselling and Psychotherapy programmes

The Midlands team have presented seminars to the University of Warwick and Newman University – Counselling and Psychotherapy programmes. The seminars have been an “Introduction to BAATN and Working with Black Issues” and “Key Concepts of Race, Oppression, Discrimination and Power” 

If you would like the Midlands team to present a workshop at your institution please contact them midlands@baatn.org.uk.

 

Events in the Midlands

Events will be taking place every month and include open events that anyone in the psychological helping professions can attend (Open Practitioner Events) and events that are just for people of colour (BAATN Practitioner Events). 

Finding Your Voice Workshop

Finding Your Voice Workshop

Saturday 19th October 2019 - Central Birmingham, 10:30am till 16:00pm

 

Facilitator: Eugene Ellis

What racial differences impose on our minds and bodies as individuals and collectively as a society is challenging and complex. The challenge is often to remain coherent in our thinking and meaning-making, and often there is a feeling of being under-resourced to stay with the process. In this workshop, I want to explore what happens in our minds and also importantly in our bodies in the midst of the race conversation and explore how a mindful approach to our physiological responses might help support us to stay at the contact boundary of our clients and our own experience and find our voice.

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Gathering for Experienced Practitioners and Students

Gathering for Experienced Practitioners and Students

Saturday 23rd November 2019 - Central Birmingham, 10am till 12:30pm

 

Hosted by Aneet Kaur and Edieneh Spence

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Book Club

Book Club

Sunday 15th December 2019 - Central Birmingham, 10am till 12:30pm

 

Hosted By Jill Morgan

A specific book, yet to be decided, will be discussed with the aim of clarifying ideas and developing concepts alongside like minded individuals.

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Therapist Forums - Deepening the Race conversation

Therapist Forums - Deepening the Race conversation

Saturday 18th January 2020 - Central Birmingham, 10:30 am till 16:00pm

 

Facilitators: Arike and Eugene Ellis 

A space for trainers, group facilitators, supervisors and therapists to explore and reflect on the experiences of BME students, clients and supervises in their therapeutic practice.

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Race and the Black-White conversation: understanding the psychobiological effects of race through the lens of Anxiety

Race and the Black-White conversation: understanding the psychobiological effects of race through the lens of Anxiety

Mid February 2020 (date to be confirmed) - Central Birmingham, 9:45am till 12:45pm

 

Facilitator: Jill Morgan

How many of us have been in situations where as the topic of Race becomes visible, we find ourselves becoming heated, defensive, illogical, shamed, or silenced? Taking in films, newspapers or political rhetoric, in conversation with friends or family, in our therapy room or even in our counsellor training, issues around race seem to have a life of their own – pulsating, reverberating, shaking, shifting, destabilising. Communication that attempts to explain how we feel can become uncomfortable, hindered, disingenuous, habitual and compromised.

By looking at reactions to race through the lens of anxiety – as a psychobiological response to fear or threat – we move from the survival and emotional part of our brains to the realm of logic and language, from heart to head, opening space for conversation and enabling coherence.

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Gathering for Experienced Practitioners and Students

Gathering for Experienced Practitioners and Students

Saturday in March 2020 (Date to be confirmed) - Central Birmingham, 10am till 12:30pm

Event yet to be announced

Event yet to be announced

Saturday in April 2020 (Date to be confirmed) - Central Birmingham

Working with Refugees workshop

Working with Refugees workshop

Saturday in May 2020 (Date to be confirmed) - Central Birmingham

 

Facilitators: Jill Morgan and Vedia Maharaja

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Gathering for Experienced Practitioners and Students

Gathering for Experienced Practitioners and Students

Saturday in June 2020 (Date to be confirmed) - Central Birmingham, 10am till 12:30pm