Midlands Conference


Working Creatively With These Dynamics in Our Communities

This conference has been unfortunately been cancelled. A new date will be announced – Birmingham

We will be exploring and validating our anger, rage and outrage; our cultural relationship with rage and working creatively within this taboo.

There will be invited speakers as well as workshops that provide lots of opportunities to personally investigate the conference themes.

These 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.

“To quote Mayo Angelelou “passion, compassion, humour and style”. The quality of care and attention given to us was excellent”

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

Date: 11 November 2017 – Registration 9:30am, 16:30pm end
Venue – etc.venues, Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6TBF

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

Conference Contributors


Colonialism, Violence, Father and Me: A Young Black Man’s Initiation Into Manhood In Mid 20th Century UK Spoke Word Performance

Arike has been in practice as a counsellor since 1986. He is also a trainer, coach and supervisor. He uses creativity to assist people to look at and understand themselves and make sense of their interaction with others. Arike is a member of the BAATN Leadership team and co-facilitates the BAATN Men’s gathering and the Trainer’s Forum.

Edieneh Spence

Overcoming and dealing with Institutional Racism

Having worked in the heart of Birmingham all her life, Edieneh has a desire to build and promote individuals with a hunger to grow both personally, and professionally and who have a heart for hurting people. Edieneh started her career over 30 years ago as a social worker in the field of ‘Children and Families’. She continued to develop her training by becoming a Relate Counsellor specialising in couple counselling and is now one of a growing number of Black Psycho Sexual Therapist in the country.

Edieneh has taught counselling at various colleges within the West Midlands. As her passion for the subject has grown she has implemented this training. Having achieved her PG Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Edieneh set up her training agency and continues to bring an awareness of relational and talking therapies to those wishing to study in smaller, private and safe surroundings. Now Edieneh works within the Deaf community engaging them in training that will provide counsellors for the Deaf without the need for interpreters.

Eugene Ellis

The anger that lies just below our awareness

Eugene 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.

09:30-10:00 Tea / Coffee / Registration
10:00-10:30 Opening – Eugene Ellis, Nadine Wilson (introducing BAATN Midlands)
10:30-11:15 Talk – Rotimi Akinsete
11:15-11:45 Break 
11:45-12:15 Talk – Edieneh Spence
Overcoming and dealing with Institutional Racism
12:15-13:00 Spoken Word Performance – Arike: Colonialism, Violence, Father and Me: A Young Black Man’s Initiation Into Manhood In Mid 20th Century UK
13:00-14:15 Lunch and networking
14:15-15:30 Facilitated Open Spaces
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-16:30 Plenary, Noticeboard, Feedback, Closing

Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham B4 6TB
Tel: 0121 212 8200
Fax: 0121 212 8201
Email: maple@etcvenues.co.uk
Sat nav: 52.482316, -1.894124

Maple House venue is located in the great Birmingham City Centre location of Corporation Street overlooking Old Square. Just minutes from New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street stations we are also conveniently located for a number of major bus routes. Parking is also available at a number of NCP car parks locally.

From Birmingham New Street Station

Upon leaving the train, head for the Concourse via the escalator following the signs for ‘Way Out – Main Exit’. Once on the Concourse proceed through the automated ticket barrier. Exit out of the station following ‘New Street’ signs onto Stephenson Street and immediately turn right. Carry along Stephenson Street until you reach Stephenson Place; from here head North onto Corporation Street and continue for 400 metres where you will meet the Old Square Roundabout. At the roundabout you will see Maple House directly in front of you.

From Snow Hill Station

Exit the station and cross on to Colmore Row. Continue heading through the walkway under the tall glass building directly opposite the station. Carry on through the shops for around 300m and then bear left in to The Minories Shopping Centre. Upon exiting The Minories walk across the pedestrian crossing, past the Tony Hancock statue in Old Square, across the next crossing and directly across the road to your right is Maple House, adjacent to Tesco Express.

From Moor Street Station

Exit the station and turn right along Moor Street Parkway. Continue for around 300m and then turn left up the hill on to The Priory. At the top of the hill go over the crossing toward Tesco Express, follow the footpath round into Corporation Street and Maple House is directly on your right adjacent to Tesco Express.

By Road – From The M1 / M6

Exit at Junction 19. Take the M6 toward Coventry (North) / Birmingham. At junction 3a exit toward Birmingham / M42 / M5, merge onto the M6 motorway. Exit the M6 at junction 6, exit toward A38 (M) / Birmingham (Cen). Merge onto A5127 / Aston Expressway. Take the exit toward Lancaster Circus Queensway, City Centre. At Lancaster Circus Queensway, take the 1st exit on to James Watt Queensway. Take the first right at Newton Street, turn left in to Dalton Street. Maple House located on Corporation Street adjacent to Tesco Express.

From The M5 / M6 Southbound – Exit at Junction 1 of the M5. Exit the M6 at Junction 6, exit towards the A38 and following instructions as above.


Birmingham High Street NCP (Also known and signposted as Albert Street NCP). Postcode B4 7LN (Maple House has reduced parking rates agreed at High Street/Albert Street NCP).

Birmingham Londonderry House NCP on Dalton Street. Postcode B4 7LX (Maple House has reduced parking rates agreed at Londonderry House NCP). Contact venue for daily tarrifs and discounted rates Parking subject to availability.

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


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