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).

Due to the coronavirus, events will be online as listed below:

 

BAATN Midlands Reading Group

BAATN Midlands Reading Group

Sat 17 July 2021

Each quarter BAATN Midlands will hold a Reading Group featuring a book relevant to the themes of race and racism. In the Reading Group we will discuss the background of the authors; the sociopolitical contexts in which the book was written; discuss any points raised in the group and consider the book’s relevance to practice. The Reading Group will cover books that are fiction and non-fiction.

The BAATN Reading Group has been created for the practitioners amongst us that enjoy reading but find little space and time to immerse ourselves in the experiences of reading.

Find out more and register

Restorying through genealogy a Black British family

Restorying through genealogy a Black British family

Saturday 31st July 2021 (Online via Zoom)

This is an open practitioner event

Genograms are a primary tool of Systemic Psychotherapy and Family Therapy. Drawing upon family origins, it is used by therapists to explore stories and patterning of intergenerational culture, attitudes, and beliefs.  Genograms can support discussion of how we position ourselves and feel positioned by our family/caregiver origins, and to consider how in turn this might influence our thinking, behaviours, and personal/professional relationships.

The workshop will discuss the restorying principles behind genograms, particular in the Black British context where slavery, oppression and being part of the diaspora, has frequently resulted in natal alienation, fragmentation, splitting, disconnection and not knowing. 

The workshop aims to provide an opportunity to:

  • Develop one’s own genogram, drawing ideally upon 3 generations of family/caregiver origins.
  • Look at various models of genograms including gender (Kinfolk, 2019), culture (Hardy & Laszloffy, 1995) and genograms with an attitude (Halevy, 1998).
  • Explore family stories and psychological patterns and consider their organising nature.
  • Reflect on our sociocultural identities and biases, and how these might influence our work as clinicians.

 

Online Gathering for Experienced Practitioners and Students

Online Gathering for Experienced Practitioners and Students

Date TBC (online via Zoom)

This online gathering will be facilitated by the Midlands team.

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Working with Refugees workshop

Working with Refugees workshop

On-line - Dates to be announced

 

Facilitators: Jill Morgan and Vedia Maharaja

 

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Systemic informed training

Systemic informed training

On-line - Dates to be announced