The Traumatic impact of Facilitating white People in Training and Therapeutic settings

A workshop providing space to share experiences and gain support and personal development in an area that often gets marginalised.

With Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga

Friday 5th (Evening) and Saturday 6th July 2019
The Psychosynthesis Trust, London SE1 2TH (5 mins from London Bridge station)

Student: “How can I hold on to my sense of being black in a white counselling world?”

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Participants will be expected to attend the full workshop and be prepared to share experiences and mutual support. The need for this workshop came out of the shared experiences of professionals and service users expressing a need for support in this area. Whilst individuals may be experienced in facilitating mixed groups and white individuals, the impact can have a traumatic effect on black African/Caribbean and Asian peoples.

Day 1 – Evening session: Will be a brief seminar and space to share experiences.

Day 2Will be developing skills to work with the traumatic impact of racism impact in professional settings.

The days will offer participants:

  • A space for introspection and empowerment.
  • Support for the traumatic impact of racism and internalised racism.
  • Developing skills to engage with peers, trainers, supervisors, supervisees, clients and service users


Exercises and presentations will be used to encourage shared experiences and dialogue.

We support the specific requirements of the differently abled.


“Psychotherapists who are analytically trained learn to work with and understand the patient’s inner world only, and therefore for some there is resistance in dealing with psychological problems that originate in the real (outer) world. However most black people would admit that the most traumatic feature in their personal lives is to be black in a white society.”

Kareem, J. & Littlewood, R. (1994, p.12)

Who should attend the training?

This training is for experienced therapists, facilitators, mentors and trainers of black African/Caribbean and Asian heritage, in the caring professions and who are concerned about black mental health and the impact of white racism on themselves as professionals.

Venue: The Psychosynthesis Trust, 92-94 Tooley Street, London Bridge, London SE1 2TH (fully accessible venue)
Dates: Friday 5th (Evening) and 6th July 2019
Day One: Registration 18:00 for a 18:30 Start – End 21:00
Day Two: Registration 09:45 for a 10:00 Start – End 16:00
Participants are expected to attend both days.

Fees: Early bird ends 5 June 2019

Organisations Early bird Fee – £190 Normal Fee – £225
Individuals Early bird Fee– £150 Normal Fee – £185
Members Early bird Fee – £125 Normal Fee – £160
Students Early bird Fee – £95 Normal Fee – £120





(Includes refreshments, course material and attendance certificate. (Lunch not included / Places to eat nearby / bring your own lunch)


About Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga

Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga

Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga is a Published Writer/Poet, Reiki master and Integrative Transcultural Psychotherapist, Lecturer, trainer and supervisor. She has 30 years experience as a therapist, and taught for twenty-six years. She has published in several anthologies including ‘The handbook of Transcultural Counselling and Psychotherapy’ [2011] and ‘Making Research Matter’ [2015] Intercultural Therapy 2ndedit  (2019) Isha  worked in mental health, with women impacted by violence in relationships and as a student counsellor. Her approach facilitates dialogue and exploration of oppression, internalised oppression, stereotyping and power relationships. Now semi retired she facilitates online Transcultural supervision and therapeutic support. She has created a series of workshops supporting her books Black Issues in the Therapeutic Process. [2009].The Challenge of Racism in Therapeutic Practice. [2016]) Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.,

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