BAATN Mosaic Group for Multi-Heritage Diversity

 Bi-monthly Sessions – 10.30 – 1pm London/UK Time

First gathering – 20 Feb 2021

This is a Closed Practitioner Event

Group Facilitators:

 Karen Minikin, Janice Acquah & Kiren Khosla

 

The BAATN Mosaic group offers open space for students, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, therapists and group facilitators who have a combination of Black, African, South Asian, White and/or Caribbean heritage, who identify and work with cultural and racial diversity and the intersection of race, heritage and culture.

This group has emerged as a creative and evolving space to bring experience of embodying bi and multi racial identities.  Through, sharing experience, stories, dilemmas and social dreaming, we intend to bring a collective and creative holding space.

Feedback from members

‘I think there is definitely a need for it because there are specific issues connected to being mixed race and these can be missed in larger racially mixed groups. Some people may feel reluctant to bring mixed race issues into racially mixed groups due to internalised oppression. Also mixed race people rarely get opportunities in general to be with other mixed race people. This space will be helpful for building the confidence of mixed race practitioners and for sharing knowledge and best practice about the needs of mixed race clients.’ Nicola

‘Black and white narratives seldom create a suitable frame for the mixed heritage/ mixed race experience. The language for what is sometimes called the ‘in between’ for me is yet to emerge.

Speaking to my own soul journey and to those of the mixed heritage clients I work with, the pride and celebration of fully and authentically owning one’s mixed heritage identity, may come after first facing into and attending to the wound of a complex and challenging personal and collective racial trauma.

A space to review and possibly process these themes and it’s underlying material with others from a mixed heritage is very welcome.’ Kamal 

‘I realise when I am in a group with white people I embody one kind of armouring, in defense against white fragility. I have my own white fragility in the proximity to whiteness in mixed-raced-ness, and so feel wary about the impact of this in groups with black therapists, implicitly or otherwise. ‘Would my presence make a black therapist more wary to speak freely?’ Is a concern I hold, and I notice I want to take up as little space as possible, mindful of this. I contain both kinds of armouring and neither allow me to be fully present.

I feel the need for a space where I can acknowledge this doubleness and maybe soften it, in order to actually be with myself in relation to others.

I am a mixed-race therapist still in the beginning stages of reckoning with how I am racialised, and how I embody both ‘otherness’ and the privilege of proximity to whiteness. At this stage, I need to be able to be with this complexity with others who share some version of it, so that energy is not spent on the armouring I describe above.’ Jasmine

‘I would welcome an opportunity to be part of a mixed race/heritage group. Mixed race experience is a very specific one, although by no means homogeneous. As mixed race/dual/multiple heritage people we navigate the tense lines of racial divides. It’s difficult to understand the complexities and profound impact of this experience, unless it has been lived. The group could offer a valuable space for healing through sharing and mutual support.’ Amal 

 

Facilitators

Karen Minikin

Karen Minikin

TSTA (P), MSc. (Psychotherapy), BA (Hons) Counselling, UKCP. Pronouns: she/her

Karen is a psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor working in West Somerset, UK. Her father comes from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan and her white English mother is from the West Midlands. She has an interest in working at depth integrating diversity, social responsibility and power dynamics with clinical thinking. 

She teaches at the Iron Mill in Exeter as well as other  training  institutes. Karen facilitates groups from a psychodynamic and collective/political frame of reference. She has had an enthusiasm for writing that reaches and touches our humanity.  Previously, she edited the race column for the BACP, journal (Therapy Today”).

She currently contributes to the journal: Politics and Psychotherapy International, edited by Keith Tudor.

 

Janice Acquah

Janice Acquah

MA (Psychotherapy), Adv Dip., BSc (Hons), UKCP, MBACP. Pronouns: she/her

Janice is a psychotherapist based in London of Ghanaian and white English heritage.  She is interested in how we hold, embody and dialogue with different parts of ourselves and others and the relationship of these parts to our histories and the systems we are connected to.

She integrates body-focused, trauma-informed approaches into her work.  Janice is on the executive committee of The Relational School and has experience of chairing and facilitating community and activist groups. She has experience of group work with the LGBTQI+ community in Ghana. 

For many years she was chair of Tiata Fahodzi, a theatre company telling the stories of British Africans including engaging with ‘the mixed, multiple experience’ of African heritage in contemporary Britain. She is excited to be a facilitator of this group. 

Kiren Khosla

Kiren Khosla

BSc (Hons) HSC., Pg Dip PC Coun MBACP (Accred)., Dip LC and NLP

Kiren is a private practice Counsellor and has been a BAATN Mentor in the EOTO project since it started 11 years ago. She is a Group Facilitator in training in the Dual heritage group. 

Kiren’s background is White Christian and Black Asian Hindu and she grew up in the UK.  Kiren is excited that this group will support others, explore these complicated issues of dual and multiple identities in a safe space for hearing and healing without judgement, in our ever-changing world.

Kiren is a disabled, single mum living in Scotland and has been part of Critical Incident Debriefing team. She has delivered presentations on Black Issues and Being an Informal Carer to NHS England. Kiren worked as an Advocate and has a passion for social justice, addressing power dynamics, accessibility, diversity, and intersectionality issues in all its contexts. She has interests in suicide and bereavement.

Session Details

Venue: Online via Zoom

Dates: 20 Feb 2021, 27 Mar 2021, 1 May 2021, 19 Jun 2021 & 25 Sep 2021

Time: 10:30 – 13.00

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Cost:

These events are free to Psychological Therapist Members and Student Therapist Members.

Booking:

  • You can book gatherings up until the day before the gathering at 5 pm
  • Only the next two upcoming dates will be open for registration at any one time.
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