Race and the Black-White conversation: understanding the psychobiological effects of race through the lens of Anxiety

25th April 2020  – Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham

This is an open event for practitioners of all racial backgrounds and heritages.

How many of us have been in situations where as the topic of Race becomes visible, we find ourselves becoming heated, defensive, illogical, shamed, or silenced? Taking in films, newspapers or political rhetoric, in conversation with friends or family, in our therapy room or even in our counsellor training, issues around race seem to have a life of their own – pulsating, reverberating, shaking, shifting, destabilising. Communication that attempts to explain how we feel can become uncomfortable, hindered, disingenuous, habitual and compromised.

By looking at reactions to race through the lens of anxiety – as a psychobiological response to fear or threat – we move from the survival and emotional part of our brains to the realm of logic and language, from heart to head, opening space for conversation and enabling coherence.

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 mental health.

Facilitator: Jill Morgan is an accredited Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, and Trainer. Prior to becoming a clinician, Jill academically specialised in post-colonial studies; developing a particular interest in hybridity, migration and diaspora. Themes of insider-outsider, working with(in) the interstice and supporting those that skirt the margins of society, are common elements to her work.
Currently, Jill works as a group therapist for a women’s refugee centre, where she draws upon traditional coffee and tea ceremonies and healing rituals, as a resource for spiritual and psychological healing. In private practice, supporting clients affected by anxiety to develop second-order change: where they begin to relate to their anxiety differently – reflexive, and not immersed in the symptoms – is an area of work that Jill finds rewarding.

Formerly Tutor and Honorary Lecturer for the Anna Freud Centre and UCL on the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Children and Young People’s IAPT, Jill routinely integrates meditation and CBT, Psychodynamic, Systemic and Humanistic therapies in clinical practice.

Prior to becoming a clinician, Jill worked extensively in a wide-range of statutory and third-sector organisations to coordinate and deliver youth and community support; and execute multi-agency child protection for vulnerable and hard-to-reach children and young people.

Venue: Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX. Getting there

Time: 14:00 – 17:00 

Dates:  25th April 2020   

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

Booking: Only the next two upcoming dates (per venue) 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: connect@baatn.org.uk or download the booking form.

If an event is full email connect@baatn.org.uk to join a waiting list. 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.