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Open Training Event

The Challenge of Racism: A Black Empathic Approach to Therapeutic Practice

Engaging with Oppression in Practice, Supervision and Training

Fri 22nd September 2023, 5.00pm – 8.00pm &
Sat 23rd September 2023, 9.30am – 5.00pm


These workshops are presented by BIPOC Masters trained by Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga in a ‘Black Empathic approach’ to therapy, and the challenge of racism. This training is currently running online.

These workshops support participants to develop a framework for therapeutic understanding based on concepts such as Recognition Trauma and a black empathic approach presented in Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga’s books. Black Issues in the Therapeutic Process (2009) and The Challenge of Racism in Therapeutic Practice (2016).

Participants will be offered an opportunity to discuss and explore an antiracist framework for therapeutic engagement, that offers clarity about white privilege and practicing a black empathic approach. This approach models use of dialogue about emerging from the impact of racism and internalised racism. 

Dialogue and exploration will enhance Therapists’ and professionals’ insight and practice when working with the impact of racism in training, CPD and professional support. Participants will be supported to make the therapeutic space safe enough for a dialogue about racism.

The workshop runs from Friday 22nd September to Saturday 23rd September 2023. Places are limited so book early.

Day 1 – Identifying and emerging from the traumatic impact of racism.

Day 2 – Practicing a black empathic approach: Addressing Identity, Colourism and internalized oppression.

Full attendance and participation essential.

We support the specific requirements of the differently-abled.

AN APPROPRIATE GAZE – Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga
One of the main challenges for therapists is addressing the powerful feelings that racism evokes and being able to accept that these are normal feelings about an abnormal situation, that we can work through and empower ourselves. 

Who should attend the training?

Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, holistic therapists, psychiatrists and individuals involved in the mental health field, caring professions and those concerned about black mental health.



Moriam Grillo | Liz Mitchell | Jamillah Yoozooph

Moriam, Liz and Jamillah are BIPOC Masters trained in the Black empathic approach to therapy by Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga



Online meeting via Zoom

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Friday 22nd September 2023 

5:00pm – 8.00pm – Identifying and emerging from the traumatic impact of racism.

Saturday 23rd September 2023

9.30am – 5.00pm – Practicing a black empathic approach: Addressing Identity, Colourism and internalised oppression.


Early bird discount (available for bookings made before 24th August 2023):

£170 for Members
£145 for Student members
£185 for non-members
£235 for organisations

Standard tickets (from 25th August 2023):

£180 for Members
£155 for Student members
£195 for non-members
£250 for organisations

Booking Conditions

  • Bookings can be made any time up until Wednesday at 5 pm before the day of the event.
  • Only the next two upcoming dates will be open for registration at any one time.
  • If you have difficulty booking, email the events administrator
  • If an event is full, email the events administrator to go on the waiting list. If a place becomes available before 5 pm on the day before the event, priority will be given to those at the top of the waiting list.

Full payment will need to be made to guarantee a place.

Refund policy and other booking information

“This workshop of Dr Isha’s approach is essential in addressing racism and internalised racism as a matter of individual liberation and wider transformative justice. You truly mastered the theme and the way of training. Although it was on-line, I was fully engaged from the beginning till end. You opened my eyes in many ways and I am going to continue to grow my awareness of my whiteness with other colleagues from this training group. Thank you!”  

“A powerful, informative and engaging workshop delivered in a contained, safe and respectful environment. I came away with a new found confidence to work with the challenge of racism in therapeutic practice.”  Patricia

“The concept of a Black Empathic approach should be imbedded in all counselling courses.” Collette Xavier. Student.

“The weekend was a mixture of emotions and learning; at times comforting to see and hear my black peers, their struggles and experiences of racism resonate within me and disturbing having to revisit old wounds and stay with them. I am hungry for more spaces in which to explore deeper. thank you Isha for navigating this space with grace and groundedness.”

“This training was an opportunity to think deeply about racism in a space with likeminded people. It gave me great clarity on the sensitivity and congruence needed to navigate conversations involving racism in the therapeutic space.”

“Dr. McKenzie-Mavinga’s training was deeply moving and will impact on my body and mind in an ongoing way. She introduced her concepts of ‘Recognition trauma’ and a Black Empathic Approach in a really clear and practical way.”

“This was a powerful and moving opportunity to begin to develop language to introduce dialogue around racism into the therapy room.”

“The course was a powerful experience and its impact will stay with me. The facilitators worked with the painful and complicated feelings brought up with clarity, grace and compassion.”

“Let us continue on pushing this dialogue towards more equitable therapeutic spaces.”


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