The BAATN Blog
Where therapy, the race conversation and politics meet
This blog is about the psychological consequences of being a person of colour in the UK. It’s about the impact on our inner lives and our sense of identity, about the political landscape we live in that shapes public opinion and the policies that have been put in place to mitigate against the impact of racial bias.
Contributors who want to highlight particular issues, or are keen to open up debate and discussion, are welcome. Comments are also welcomed. Both contributors and commentators will sign their posts.
Author: Adriana Dorsett: First of all I want to admit that it probably seems odd to choose this title and subject because Winning is so cozied up in our culture that it’s almost become a law of nature. Also, I’m not totally anti, when sport was drug free the glory...read more
The racial policy of the United States has long historical roots. It all started with the oppression of the indigenous people of America - the Indians: persecution, massacres, infection with smallpox and the creation of reservations, in which people were...read more
Thirty years ago the British Journal of Psychotherapy published a paper by Dr Farhad Dalal entitled ‘Jung: A racist’ (Dalal, 1988). No adequate acknowledgement or apology for what Jung wrote, and Dalal critiqued, has ever been forthcoming from the field of analytical...read more
Due to the popularity of this video I have placed a link to it here in this blog. The impact on relationships between Africans, South Asians and Caribbeans as a result of African slavery (colonisation), the rule of the British Raj (British Rule), indentured slavery...read more
We (The BAATN leadership team) would like to congratulate BACP on the most recent issue of Therapy Today that covered the theme of Black Matters. We appreciated this validation of keeping discussion around race alive and so we commend Catherine Jackson and David...read more
It’s so important to keep a focus on black history and achievement so it's worrying to hear that Black History Month is at the centre of an appropriation row as campaigners complain that a number of councils have scrapped the name, describing it instead as a...read more
In August 2018 BAATN, and other organisations that are paving the way in mental health care tailored to black women in the community, were mentioned in The Voice newspaper. The online article can be found at the...read more
Coalition Launch in Parliament to end conversion therapy - supported by leading psychological, psychotherapeutic and counselling organisations. The announcement this week of a Government pledge to consider options to end the practice of conversion therapy is a...read more
If anyone is to learn anything about life My role as a counsellor has thrown up many conundrums. I’ve learnt so much about the meaning of life and death and what it is to be human beyond the endless tick boxes that are frequently used to define who one is or how one...read more
Maintaining manliness, through the tears Throughout the history of boxing, the most successful boxers have traditionally been groomed in, and recruited from, the harshest of environments. Their difficult upbringing, and associated social development, has typically...read more