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: 9:30 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: 9:30 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: 9:30 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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Main Facilitators

Joel Simpson

Image of Joel SimpsonPsychotherapist and Interpersonal Group Facilitator

Joel Simpson is a UKCP registered psychotherapist working in private practice. Joel facilitates interpersonal groups and is a trainer on counselling and psychotherapy programmes of study at Re-Vision. Alongside Kirath Ghataora, Joel co-facilitates BAATN’s Heart Hub – a queer affirming, bi-monthly group. Trained as a civil celebrant, Joel crafts love-centred ceremonies for end-of-life thresholds, alongside naming and couples’ rituals.

 

 

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.

Chair

Eugene Ellis

Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, founder and director of BAATN and UKCP Honorary Fellow. (he/him)

Eugene Ellis is a writer, psychotherapist and public speaker on the impact of racism, difference and intersectionality. He is also the founder and director of The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN), a network of therapists committed, passionate and actively engaged in addressing the psychological needs of Black, African and South Asian people in the UK.

His book, ‘The Race Conversation: An essential guide to creating life-changing dialogue‘, explores how the distress of intergenerational trauma, post chattel slavery and colonialism lives on not just in our minds but also in our bodies. As well as helping us to develop an understanding of the forces that made the race construct necessary through exploring the history and development of race, the book focuses specifically on the non-verbal communication of race, both as a means of social control and as an essential part of navigating oppressive patterns.

Panel and Workshop Facilitators

Sabah Choudrey

Reluctant activist on most things trans, brown and hairy. Sabah co-founded Trans Pride Brighton in 2013 and made The Rainbow List in 2015, celebrating 101 of the most influential LGBT people in Britain. Sabah has built a presence across UK and Europe, speaking at TEDx Brixton 2015, ILGA Europe 2016, IDAHOT Brussels 2017, Malmö Pride 2017/18/20 about intersectionality, identity and inclusion. Proud trans youth worker since 2014 and Joint Head of Youth Service at Gendered Intelligence since 2020, trustee for Inclusive Mosque Initiative, co-founder of Colours Youth Network supporting LGBTQ BPOC young people in UK and psychotherapist in training. Sabah is the winner of the Gay Times Future Fighters Honour 2021. Interests include fostering cats and talking to houseplants.

Their latest publication ‘Supporting Trans People of Colour: How To Make Your Practice Inclusive’ with Jessica Kingsley Publishers is available now.

www.sabahchoudrey.com/link

Facebook Sabah Choudrey | Twitter @SabahChoudrey | Instagram @sabah.c | sabahchoudrey.com/link

LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/sabahchoudrey

Photo credit: Holly Revell Photography

 

Reverend Jide Macaulay

Reverend Jide Macaulay is the Founder and CEO of House Of Rainbow CIC. Openly gay British-Nigerian born in London, a Christian minister since 1998, Anglican Priest, inspirational speaker, author, poet, pastor and preacher, HIV Positive Activist, holds a degree in Law, masters degree in Theology and Post-graduate certificate in Pastoral Theology. Jide focuses his ministry on inclusion and reconciliation of sexuality, spirituality and human rights. Former Board of Trustee at Kaleidoscope Trust UK. Currently Chair person INERELA+ Europe, Patron at ReportOut, Vice Chair One Voice Network, HIV – Mentor at Positive East, Nominee British LGBT Award 2021 – Top 10 Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life, nOSCARS Award winner 2014, 2017, 2018, Volunteer Chaplain at Mildmay HIV Hospital and Volunteer Champion at Afruca Children’s Charity.

 

Zayna Ratty (She, Her)

Intersectional Therapist & Consultant, Zayna is an LGBTQIA+, GSRD (Gender, Sex & Relationship Diversity), Non-monogamies, Race & Ethnicity Hypno-Psychotherapist, relationship coach, presenter, and trainer based in Oxfordshire, UK.

A Pink Therapy GSRD aware trainer and DEIA Officer at The National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy. Delivering training, mental health consultancy services to a wide variety of corporations, Zayna has over 1500 hours of client work and experience in her specialisms. She contributes her knowledge as a columnist to OxMag and Fyne Times and co-hosts the Beyond Monogamy with Zayna and Jonathan podcast. An advocate for raising awareness of marginalised groups within society, Zayna has twice been nominated for the National Diversity Awards Positive Role Model (LGBT+). Zayna’s charity, belonging consulting work and private therapeutic practice explore how race, ethnicity, neurodivergence, social stratification, gender, sexuality, and relationship diversity create a prism of intersecting identities.

10.00 Introduction to the conference and opening remarks – Eugene Ellis, founder and director of BAATN
10.30

Opening Ritual/Embodiment: Co-facilitation with Joel Simpson and Kirath Ghataora

Context setting: ‘The axe forgets; the tree remembers’. Returning to our roots, collectively, to consider what has been cut off, denied, forgotten, and may be reclaimed

11:15 Break (30 mins)
11:45 Collective Explorations: self-disclosure, what we have ingested, and what might healing entail? With Kirath Ghataora and Joel Simpson
13:00 Lunch Cooked by Dustin Whittaker  (1hr)
14:00

Break Out Groups

Multi-sexualities’ –Held by Zayna Ratty
  • Explore intergenerational multicultural wounding in relation to bisexuality/multi-sexualities, and erasure through the act of non-recognition and misrecognition
  • Give space to the manifestation of those wounds in the therapeutic topography
  • Unmeshing the epistemology as multi-sexuals that fall through the gaps, by not subscribing to a colonialist binarised narrative of sexuality
  • Includes questions, activities and models to integrate into your practice
‘A trans experience’ – Held by Saba Choudhry
  • An open space to explore arising themes from the morning 
  • To explore cultural wounding in relation to being trans
  • To explore self-disclosure as practitioners

Relationship diversity – (inc. polyamory, BDSM and kink) – Held by Kirath Ghataora

  • Explore cultural wounding in relation to the complexities of relationship diversity
  • Explore traditions, cultural and healing practices that might liberate and transform collective and individual trauma experienced in relation to race and relationship diversity
  • Questions for individual reflection, group discussion, embodiment activity

Religion, faith and spirituality – Held by Jide McCaulay

  • Explore issues of intersectionality both from professional and personal experiences. The importance of human rights, justice, equality, diversity and inclusion, will also be explored
  • Learning that supports participants to develop a better understanding of the impact of discrimination on marginalised communities and religiously motivated abuse
  • Explore traditional and culturally sensitive approaches to better understand human sexuality, reconcile faith and sexuality, whilst also providing information about the legal provisions and guidelines to help recognise best practices to challenging prejudice
Heart Hub: What might ‘coming in’ mean for me and my practice? – Held by Joel Simpson
  • An open space to attend to the heart, contemplate ‘coming in’, and attend to arising themes from the morning
15:15 Transition period/Break (15 mins)
15.30 Plenary, Celebrations, Noticeboard and Ending Ritual
16.30 End 

 

“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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