BAATN 2022 Annual Conference

Healing through our communities:

The intersection of race, gender, relationship and sexual diversity

Saturday, April 9th, 2022 – 9:45 for a 10:00 start till 16.30

New Venue: The Abbey Centre, Westminster, London SW1P 3BU

African and South Asian diasporan communities have suffered violence and culturally-imposed woundings where race, ethnicities, gender, sexuality and relationship diversities intersect. Colonisation, systemic oppression, patriarchy, queerphobia, transphobia, xenophobia and capitalism can be considered as some of the contributing factors.

Exploring history, celebration, social justice, resilience, survival, legacy, abundance and pride, this BAATN conference considers the necessity of healing practices that liberate and transform collective and individual trauma experienced in relation to race, gender, sexuality and relationship diversities within our communities. 

An interactive, creative, community-led, holistic enquiry will be cultivated by psychotherapists, Joel Simpson and Kirath Ghataora to remember, discover and honour the traditions and cultural practices of African and South Asian diasporas and heritages. Opportunities to further reflect will be facilitated through workshops and open discussion groups. Together, we will consider the actioning of healing through our communities.

This conference is for practitioners of African, Asian and Caribbean heritage. You can sign up for membership here

Date: 9th April 2022
Time: 9:45 for a 10:00 start – end 16.30
Venue: New for the BAATN Conference – The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3BU (Near Westminster Abbey) Getting to the Venue
This is a face to face event (There will be an online conference event later in the year)
Cost: Individual £105, Members £82, Student £75, Student member £60 (Includes a cooked lunch and refreshments)

This is a Closed Practitioner Event

You can pay via BACS using our BACS Payment Form

You can also pay with your PayPal account: Please state in the note box that you are paying for the 2022 April conference  https://www.paypal.me/baatn

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Date: 9th April 2022
Time: 9:45 for a 10:00 start – end 16.30
Venue: New for the BAATN Conference – The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3BU (Near Westminster Abbey) Getting to the Venue
This is a face to face event (There will be an online conference event later in the year)

Cost: Individual £105, Members £82, Student £75, Student member £60 (Includes a cooked lunch and refreshments)

This is a Closed Practitioner Event

African and South Asian diasporan communities have suffered violence and culturally-imposed woundings where race, ethnicities, gender, sexuality and relationship diversities intersect. Colonisation, systemic oppression, patriarchy, queerphobia, transphobia, xenophobia and capitalism can be considered as some of the contributing factors.

Exploring history, celebration, social justice, resilience, survival, legacy, abundance and pride, this BAATN conference considers the necessity of healing practices that liberate and transform collective and individual trauma experienced in relation to race, gender, sexuality and relationship diversities within our communities.

An interactive, creative, community-led, holistic enquiry will be cultivated by psychotherapists, Joel Simpson and Kirath Ghataora to remember, discover and honour the traditions and cultural practices of African and South Asian diasporas and heritages. Opportunities to further reflect will be facilitated through workshops and open discussion groups. Together, we will consider the actioning of healing through our communities.

This conference is for practitioners of African, Asian and Caribbean heritage. You can sign up for membership here

You can pay via BACS using our BACS Payment Form

You can also pay with your PayPal account: Please state in the note box that you are paying for the 2022 April conference  https://www.paypal.me/baatn

This is a Closed Practitioner Event

African and South Asian diasporan communities have suffered violence and culturally-imposed woundings where race, ethnicities, gender, sexuality and relationship diversities intersect. Colonisation, systemic oppression, patriarchy, queerphobia, transphobia, xenophobia and capitalism can be considered as some of the contributing factors.

Exploring history, celebration, social justice, resilience, survival, legacy, abundance and pride, this BAATN conference considers the necessity of healing practices that liberate and transform collective and individual trauma experienced in relation to race, gender, sexuality and relationship diversities within our communities.

An interactive, creative, community-led, holistic enquiry will be cultivated by psychotherapists, Joel Simpson and Kirath Ghataora to remember, discover and honour the traditions and cultural practices of African and South Asian diasporas and heritages. Opportunities to further reflect will be facilitated through workshops and open discussion groups. Together, we will consider the actioning of healing through our communities.

This conference is for practitioners of African, Asian and Caribbean heritage. You can sign up for membership here

Date: 9th April 2022
Time: 9:45 for a 10:00 start – end 16.30
Venue: New for the BAATN Conference – The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3BU (Near Westminster Abbey) Getting to the Venue
This is a face to face event (There will be an online conference event later in the year)

Cost: Individual £105, Members £82, Student £75, Student member £60 (Includes a cooked lunch and refreshments)

You can pay via BACS using our BACS Payment Form

You can also pay with your PayPal account: Please state in the note box that you are paying for the 2022 April conference  https://www.paypal.me/baatn

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10.00Introduction to the conference and opening remarks – Eugene Ellis
10.30Session 1 –
11:15Break (30 mins)
11:45Session 2 –
13:00Lunch (1hr)
14:00Break Out Groups
15:30Break (15 mins)
15.45Plenary, Celebrations, Noticeboard and Ending Ritual
16.30End 

 

Main Facilitators

Joel Simpson

Image of Joel SimpsonPsychotherapist and Interpersonal Group Facilitator

Joel Simpson is an Interpersonal Group Facilitator and UKCP registered psychotherapist, with a private practice in London. Through psychotherapeutic, queer, intersectional dialogues, Joel contributes to media and community activist platforms. Joel’s professional commitments sit within a personal intention to engage a reclaimed voice, through heart-centred living. Integrating soulful, relational, approaches and drawing on collective and ancestral stories, Joel considers how human experiences may be shaped through shifting, converging cultural identities, history and politics. Maintaining deepening interests in meaning-making around rites of passage, transitions and celebrations, Joel also works as a celebrant. Joel crafts love-centred ceremonies for end-of-life thresholds, alongside naming and couples’ rituals. Joel has a background in education as a teacher, trainer and consultant.

Kirath Ghataora

Image of Kirath GhataoraMSc., BSc., (UKCP accredited), pronouns: she/her/they

Kirath is an Integrative Psychotherapist who works with a holistic, trauma-informed practice; with adult individuals and group facilitation, currently within the NHS and private practice.

Utilising all aspects of mind, body, spirit and life imbued, Kirath sensitively and creatively supports awareness, narratives, expression, healing and change.

Connecting with an authentic and enthusiastic whole-heartedness, Kirath’s relational awareness is drawn to honouring and empowering the figural and whole experiences of the other. Kirath holds a keen and compassionate focus on holistic recognition, expression and healing of personal, collective and generational trauma, identity, stories and culture.

Kirath’s background is within community, education, charity and health & social care settings; with specialist areas within trauma/ adjustment, queer and intersectional communities (e.g. racial & cultural minority, disabled) and survivors of abuse.

 

Workshop Facilitators

“The conference provided a rare moment of connection, recognition, powerful truth and soothing – thank you” – Patmarie

“The significance of a powerful and growing black presence within the therapy workforce. Maybe this needs to be represented within UKCP & BACP at all levels of these organisations.”

“Given the dehumanising, frustrating, and draining experience of various forms of oppression, I think it is extremely important and needed to have a conference on self-care and action, in a space that feels safe and holding. Appreciative of BAATN’s initiative on this.”Pedro

“It was an enriching experience. The people I met in the breakaway group were full of passion and energy. They were respectful and professional. I find Baatn to be an amazing and supportive organisation.”Michelle O’Neill

“We need more conferences like this more than once a year be it virtual or in person. BAATN has created a truly nourishing event that should be experienced more frequently for it’s people of colour.”

“Sharing experiences we are all impacted by was nurturing. It was useful to have so many experienced members, who were encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring to facilitating us embracing our experiences and think about ways forward. Keeping the flames of hope burning bright. The pebbles in the ocean of change matters.”

“Keep up the excellent work. Your space is much needed by those BAME therapists out there and those training to get out there.”

“I imagined this year’s BAATN conference was likely to be a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, though virtual, my soul did get that important nourishment after all. One of the few forums where I gain both spiritually and professionally. I’m very thankful for it.” – Wayne Mertins-Brown

“Loved the whole experience and being in virtual room group to speaking openly about how it is to be a person of colour and as a therapist.”

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