Student Support Gatherings London
These groups are for those of Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean heritage who are training to become psychotherapists and counsellors. These gatherings are also open to other people of colour who are affected by prejudice due to the colour of their skin and global white power.
Students who have completed their course and are working towards registration are also invited.
Venue London Central:
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
Time: 10:30 – 13:00
Gatherings are held on Saturdays, monthly
Training to become a psychotherapist or counsellor of colour presents us with the challenge of finding our voice within the silence of our minority experience. The BAATN Student Support Groups provide a space to tell our stories, clarify our dilemmas and be met with enthusiasm, dialogue and support.
Each group will be facilitated by our Support Group Facilitators who are all qualified and registered psychotherapists and have an African South Asian or Caribbean heritage. Facilitators have also signed up to BAATN’s Core Values statement. The group are open to all students whatever their theoretical orientation.
The group will be for a maximum of 12 people.
To find out about the kinds of themes or topics under discussion, as well as projects that individual groups are in the process of undertaking at some of the other BAATN gatherings, please take a look here.
“I was touched and encouraged to press forward on my course and brought to a place of deeper appreciation of my particular learning environment”
“I can see myself training in counselling with the support of such a group”
Cost: This event is free to Student Members, £10 for non-members. For non-members booking reservations without payment will be held for 1 week before being offered to another person.
Booking: Only the next two upcoming dates (per venue) will be open for registration at any one time. Please do not attend the gathering if you have not booked as the groups are often full. You can also book a place by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or download the booking form.
If an event is full email email@example.com to join a waiting list. The places will be offered on a first come first serve basis but if a place becomes available just before the event is due to take place, everyone on the waiting list will be contacted via email, with the first person to respond being offered the place.
Feedback about the groups
Watch 5 students talk about their experience in training and in the Student Support Groups in our 5 Student Voices Video
Other comments from students and facilitators:
“it was a safe space for me to be vulnerable”
“gives me the strength, inspiration and encouragement to continue and qualify”
“I totally enjoyed the support groups. I found them safe to disclose and share my experience in, which was a huge area of disappointment, judgement and pain for me whilst training. The group felt more like fellowship which had a beautiful aura about it and I found the input from my peers informative. I made some wonderful friends and have kept in contact with them ever since.”