London Conference 2020

Living between Cultures:

Am I “Betraying” My Heritage?

18th April 2020 (due to the coronavirus this event is cancelled)

Followed by evening Afterparty/fundraiser

This conference will be about exploring ourselves in the context of our many cultural traditions, rituals and taboos. How do we navigate, negotiate, manage, disassociate or repress our cultural dissonances and how do we celebrate and honour cultural harmony. We will explore this complex area of our experience and how it affects our intra-personal and inter-personal relationships, to support our clients and ourselves in our practice.

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.

This is a Closed Practitioner Event

“Powerful, beautiful, empowering XX” – conference 2019 attendee 

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

Date: 18 April 2020 – 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

10:15-11:00 – Opening exercise – Dennis L Carney

11:00-11:30 – Keynote Speaker – Ayesha Aslam:

CHALLENGING CULTURAL TABOOS AND HOW TO MANAGE THIS IN THERAPY: At Sakoon, the leading provider of Islamic counselling and training in the UK, they work with clients who have stepped outside their cultural norms. Aysha will be addressing how to support clients in this context, as well as more generally, and also how we can work as therapists to support clients to be their true selves.

1130-12:00 – Break 

12:00-13:00 – Discussion Panel

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

14:15-15:45 –  Facilitated Workshop Spaces

15:45-16:00 –  Transition Break

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


18:30-22:30 – After Party – This is an Open Public Event (you can register for the afterparty when you register for the conference or book separately.

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.



Keynote Speaker – Ayesha Aslam

Ayesha Aslam is the Director and founder of Sakoon Counselling Services set up in 2007. She is an International Speaker, accredited psychotherapist, Psychologist and an Islamic counsellor.

She has over 15 years of experience working with diverse issues from counselling to more severe psychological issues. She was the only Muslim who was invited to speak at the Global Mental Health Summit 2018 where she attended houses of Parliament to drive Mental Health and policy change.  A keynote speaker at various conferences including Training Muslim Chaplains and Imams in the UK. Has published articles in various magazines, provided workshops to organisations and appeared on radio/TV channels providing support and advice on key issues and not afraid to challenged Taboos.

Ayesha a pioneer, a first in her field, set that up Sakoon to address a need in the Muslim community which was to have access to a professional counselling service that would not compromise their faith. Today Sakoon has 10 counsellors, 3 trainers, accredited training courses and clients as far as Phoenix Arizona and Australia.

Last month she received an award for her dedication for Islam and Mental Health.

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.

Dennis L Carney

Over the last three decades, Dennis has developed and facilitated personal development workshops aimed at Black gay & bisexual men, that explore themes around identity, self-esteem, assertiveness, relationships and sexual health.

15 years ago, Dennis trained in Humanistic Psychotherapy at Spectrum. For almost 15 years, Dennis has worked as a part-time lecturer at The City Literary Institute, and currently delivers short courses on Anger Management, Group Facilitation, Gestalt and also facilitates Personal Groups for counselling students.

Dennis is a founder partner of Loving Men, established in the early nineties to develop personal development events aimed at Gay men around the UK.

Dennis also works as a freelance staff trainer, designing and delivering training programmes for Care Quality Commission, Social Care Institute for Excellence, West London Mental Health Trust, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Choice FM Radio and several other satisfied clients.

Dennis appeared in the Channel 4 documentary ‘Reggae, Trainers & Olympics which explored the role of dancehall music and homophobia and was also an official spokesperson for the Stop Murder Music Campaign.

Dennis has also received two Black LGBT Community Awards in recognition of his work with QTPOC communities in the UK.

“The day was spent digesting new thoughts and ways of being and absorbing positive vibes and belongingness. Thank you!!!” – Conference 2019 attendee.

You can book the afterparty when booking the conference. 

Due to Coronavirus this event is cancelled.

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