London Conference

Breaking the Silence:

Finding your voice and telling your story #baatnconf2019

13 April 2019

This highly interactive conference, will explore what we tell others about who we are. Using a combination of exercises, theoretical concepts and group discussion we will explore what helps or hinders us from telling others about who we really are; in a fun, intimate, confidential and supportive space.

Being more open with ourselves about ourselves allows us to be more open to our clients’ experiences.   Accepting ourselves allows us to accept our clients for who they are.  Hindrances are influenced by our culture, religion, gender, sexuality and social class.   

Our annual conferences offer us a rare opportunity to come together, share our knowledge, tell our stories, feel connected and gain mutual support and inspiration. It’s also a place to meet old friends and gain new ones.


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure”  – Marianne Williamson

This conference is for people of African, Asian and Caribbean heritage.

Date: 13 April 2019 – Registration 9:30am, 16:30pm end
Venue – The Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, London, N4 2HF

Cost – Non members £95, non member Students £70 – Directory/Practitioner/Organisational members £72 – Students members £50. Price includes VAT.

09:30-10:00 –  Tea / Coffee / Registration

10:00-10:15 – Opening – Eugene Ellis

10:15-11:20 –  Tell me who you are activity? Plus video presentation

11:20-11:50 –  Break

11:50-13:00 –  Breaking the silence and making connections: “What shall I tell, what don’t I tell?; wah unnu want fi know an wah fi mi bizniz?”
Talk by Jayakara Beverley Ellis plus Panel discussion

13:00-14:15 –  Lunch and networking Cooked by Dustin Whittaker –

14:15-15:45 –  Facilitated Spaces

15:45-16:00 –  Transition Break

16:00-16:30 –  Plenary, Noticeboard, Feedback, Closing

The Redmond Community Centre

The Redmond Community Centre
Kayani Avenue,
London, N4 2HF

Accessibility: The venue is fully accessible. There are disabled parking bays on Kayani avenue itself however it cannot always be guaranteed that these will be available.

Walking: Nearest Tube Station is Manor House. Walk from the station via Woodbury Down turning right into Kayani Avenue. The Redmond Centre is at the end of Kayani Avenue.

Driving: parking is limited in the Woodberry Down Community. Access if driving is only possible via Goodchild Road off Lordship Road because of building works. There is parking on Fairholt Road and surrounding roads which is about 10 mins walk from the venue.
Because of building works access to the centre by car or by foot is not possible via Springpark drive.


Main Talk – Breaking the silence and making connections:
“What shall I tell, what don’t I tell?; Wah u wan know fi mi bizniz?”

Jayakara Beverley Ellis

MSc Psychotherapy, PTSTA (Provisional Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst) CTA (Certified Transactional Analyst), Diploma in Supervision. UKCP registered. Member of the BAATN leadership team.

Jayakara Beverley Ellis has been practicing psychotherapy since the early 1990’s.  She trained at Metanoia, London, as a Transactional Analyst psychotherapist.  Currently, she has a private psychotherapy and supervision practice in East London.  Jayakara is also an accredited adoption counsellor. 

Jayakara has been practicing Mindfulness and Compassionate Meditation for over 25 years and incorporates aspects of meditation into her therapy practice.    She was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2009.  

Jayakara has experience in working in voluntary organisations offering therapy to the unemployed, those with mental health issues and group work. Jayakara was previously a Probation Officer, a Forensic Social Worker and an Approved Mental Health Professional. 

Other contributors


Karen Minikin

I am a psychotherapist accredited with the BACP and UKCP and a visiting trainer of counselling and psychotherapy at a number of training institutes. I provide individual and group supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists. Prior to working as a psychotherapist, I was a teacher of 8-18 year olds, then a self employed learning and development consultant and therapeutic counsellor since 1998. I work with many conditions, including depression, anxiety, loss, relationship difficulties, trauma and identity such as cultural, racial and sexual identities. In my approach, I draw on transactional analysis and psychoanalytical ideas using them relationally.

Narendra Keval

Narendra Keval is a Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist and Clinical Psychologist. He is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Society, Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic. He worked as a specialist in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in a range of NHS outpatient settings with patients suffering from complex personality disorders.

His interests include the provision of support for professionals working on the ‘front line’ of organisations which provide mental health services to some of the most vulnerable patients in the community. He has consulted and provided teaching seminars and training to staff teams in both in the public and private sector who are often exposed to traumatic events such as suicide.

Narendra is a visiting speaker at various training institutes in the UK, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C and New York.

Charles Donaldson

Charles is an accredited counsellor/ psychotherapist with over 14 years experience in counselling. Most of his work has been in the education and voluntary (prison) sectors, working with young adults. His work with adolescents & adults include working with issues such as: depression; difficult family relationships; bereavement; sexuality; cultural and gender identity, sexual and physical abuse; self-harming or suicidal feelings and anger.

Eugene Ellis

Eugene Ellis is founder of BAATN. He trained as an Integrative Arts psychotherapist, which is a powerful way of facilitating self-healing through the use of metaphor and the imagination. He has worked for many years with severely traumatised children and their families in the field of adoption and fostering. He has a special interest in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing and other body-orientated therapies, as well as facilitating a dialogue around race and culture as it relates to the body within organisations and in psychotherapy trainings.

“Huge amount of healing – really enjoyed the day – big thanks”


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