The BAATN Blog
Where therapy, the race conversation and politics meet
About This Blog & Guest Contributor Guidelines
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.
Guest Contributors Welcome
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.
There has been a surge in international migration in the past decade, especially among African youths. For most African migrants, the search for greener pastures tops the list of motivations for moving abroad. This is understandable given the recently heightened natural and humanitarian crises on the continent.
Talk given at the BAATN Annual Conference 2021: My Embodied and Our Relational: Growth through Awareness and Practice
In this brief presentation I invite us to look together at ‘the what’ and ‘the how’ of moving between sense of self, actions and experiences of selfing, and towards deepened collective embodied relational contact.
Group process for me is about meeting and engaging with my inner community.
Everyone in the group, including the facilitator, represents someone or something of myself, my past in the here-and-now. On the spectrum of awareness, this may be obvious, familiar, or out-my-awareness, a part I’ve safely repressed, and have yet to meet.
Nafsiyat will provide FREE culturally competent brief emotional online support to anyone from a Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic background experiencing bereavement and loss due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coming together as a community in remembrance of those that we have loved and lost to covid 19 for National Grief Awareness Week 2020.
Loneliness has certainly enjoyed a more mainstream understanding as a social problem over the last five years with the potential to have an incredibly negative impact upon our health. From originally being attributed mainly to older people, consideration has widened in the UK, receiving huge attention due to MP Jo Cox’s Commission on Loneliness being set up just before her tragic murder in summer 2016. ONS statistics from 2016-2017 showed 1 in 20 adults reported feeling lonely “often or always, with highest numbers reported in 16-24 year olds
Susan is a member of BAATN and a practising Core Process Psychotherapist. She is based in Birmingham having lived most of her life in South Africa.
Azmat is a practising Core Process Psychotherapist and is serving as co-chair of their association’s ethics committee and is co-chair of UKCP’s HIPC Ethics, Diversity and Intersectionality committee. He practices in Brighton.
It was never our job to take care of the slave master and his family, but once upon a time this was the enforced role on African peoples through slavery. Even though our descendants were being slaughtered, maimed and abused, we were expected to care for our abusers. We are tired and worn down by the constant struggle to emerge from historical, intergenerational and every day traumas instilled by racism and the pressure to assimilate and not be fully ourselves.
Author: Eugene Ellis A major new study has found that systemic and persistent racial inequalities in employment, health, housing and education, continue to blight the lives of ethnic minority people in the UK – and worryingly, this puts them at greater risk from the...
Author: Eugene Ellis The killings of Black people in the US it’s not distant to us as it is also part of the UK experience If you are black in the UK, you are three times more likely to be killed by police in suspicious circumstances, and death by restraint is...