Mixed Heritage Pride and Dilemmas

Exploring mixed heritage identities, internalised racism, and socio-cultural conditioning.

With Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga

1st June 2019
The Psychosynthesis Trust, London SE1 2TH (5 mins from London Bridge station)

This workshop will offer participants:

  • A space to celebrate dual heritage and identity development.
  • Empowerment to explore and support mixed heritage challenges in the therapeutic space

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

We support the specific requirements of the differently abled.

“Mixed race children and adults need to work through internal conflicts and guilt about having to develop an identity that might not incorporate all aspects of their heritage and to resist internalising society’s negative attitudes, mixed racialism and minority status. Ultimately, successful identity formation, or a satisfying feeling of wholeness, requires that mixed race people appreciate and integrate all components of their heritage into their lives (Poston, 1990). Furthermore, while some families help their children develop a biracial identity based on the components of their particular background, it is important for children to take equal pride in all their heritages and to maintain equal connections with all members of their family.”

Poston WSC (1990).‘The biracial identity development model: a needed addition’. Journal of Counseling and Development.

Who should attend the training?

Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, holistic therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and individuals involved in the mental health field, caring professions and those concerned about black/African/Caribbean/Asian and people of mixed heritage mental health.

Venue: The Psychosynthesis Trust, 92-94 Tooley Street, London Bridge, London SE1 2TH (fully accessible venue)
Dates: 1st June 2019
Registration 9:45 for a 10:00 Start – End 17:00

Early bird Fee till 1 May 19: £95 (Members £80), Organisations £130, Students £65
Normal Fee: £120 (Members £100), Organisations £160, Students £80
(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.

www.i-mckenziemavinga.com, writeandheal@btinternet.com

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