Mens’ Gatherings

This is a Closed Practitioner Event

The next event is an online gathering on the

4th of July 20.

Malcolm Phillips is our guest speaker who will be reflecting on:

Becoming a Black Male Therapist

See below for details


As male therapists of Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean heritages this is a space to connect through shared experience, learn from one another and inspire each other. These gatherings are also open to other people of colour who are affected by prejudice due to the colour of their skin and global white power. Together we will create a space where we can articulate our voice around our inner journeys and from this place find ways to express our voice out in the world.

The day-long format for the gatherings will consist of a main presentation followed by discussion, with a focus on how we connect as men, and how we can become more authentic with ourselves and with each other.

To find out about the kinds of themes or topics under discussion, as well as projects that individual groups are in the process of undertaking at some of the other BAATN gatherings, please take a look here.


The space is held by: Eugene Ellis, Rotimi Akinsete and Arike

Online Mens’ Gathering – 4th July 2020

This event will feature guest speaker Malcolm Phillips followed by questions and discussion. There will also be time to reflect on personal themes and concerns for support and reflection.

Malcolm Phillips’ talk is entitled On becoming a Black Male Therapist

The talk includes reflections on training and knowledge in engaging with Black communities and working with the impact of racism in therapy


11:00 – Intros and check-in

11:15/30 – 12:30 Talk and questions

12:30 – 13:00 Break

13:00 – 14:30 Open space to further reflect on the morning and bring in themes and concerns from participants.


About Malcolm Phillips

Malcolm Phillips co-developed and delivered a post-qualifying Diploma in Black Therapy, a one-year training course exploring approaches to therapy for Black people and communities in the UK, USA and other world approaches to therapy.

He was the founder and chair of Safoa, the National African and Caribbean mental Health Network and is currently a board member of the UK Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists.

Currently, Malcolm Phillips is the Counselling Programme Lead for Hestia a London based Charity, providing support to more than 10,000 people across London, working with Modern Slavery, Domestic Abuse and Mental Health.

He has spent more than 30 years developing and managing community based mental health and counselling services that specifically engage with Black families and communities.

Venue: Online Zoom meeting

Time: 11.00 – 14:30 (30 min break at 12:30)

Date: 4 July 2020

These gatherings are held quarterly. Further dates to be arranged 

Cost: This event is £10 for members and £25 for non-members. For Non-members, booking reservations without payment will be held for 1 week before being offered to another person.

Booking: Please book by the day before the event on Friday 5pm latest. Any registrations after this time will not be accepted. Only the next two upcoming dates will be open for registration at any one time. Please do not attend the gathering if you have not booked as the groups are often full. You can also book a place by email: or download the booking form.

If an event is full email to join a waiting list. The places will be offered on a first come first serve basis but if a place becomes available just before the event is due to take place, everyone on the waiting list will be contacted via email, with the first person to respond being offered the place. 


Previous events

6th July 2019 – Rotimi Akinsete – This Book Could Help

Rotimi Akinsete founder of Black Men on the Couch and Associate Dean of Students at UAL, will be talking about his new book ‘This Book Could Help’ which is filled with straightforward expert advice and simple techniques to help shake off what other people say you ought to be, prioritise yourself, meet challenges and develop new strengths, in areas such as dealing with stress, motivation, work and life goals.

“Incredibly helpful” – every man should have a copy’ – Colin Jackson, former Olympic athlete
”This book will save lives” – Elis & John, Radio X
”An essential read” – Levison Wood, author and explorer

Your body needs maintaining to keep it healthy. So does your mind.