Online Training Event

The Challenge of Racism in Therapeutic Practice

Engaging with oppression in practice and supervision

With Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga

Next Online Workshop – 1st and 2nd May 2021 

This is an Open Practitioner Event

This workshop will be split into four sessions. For consistency and support, participants should attend all four parts.

This workshop will explore themes addressed in Isha’s second book. (Title above) This two-day training will enhance Therapists’ and professionals’ insight and practice when working with the hidden and voiced impact of black and Asian diversity and the impact of racism in professional support.

Day 1 – Morning Session: 11:00 to 13:00 | Afternoon Session: 14:00 to 16:00.

Voicing the Unbearable: Denial, Silence, Rage. An exploration of the impact of racism on personal development and the psyche: The challenge of addressing the personal and social impact.

Day 2 – Morning Session: 11:00 to 13:00 | Afternoon Session: 14:00 to 16:30.

Identity, Colourism and internalized oppression. Using concepts such as ‘Recognition Trauma’ and ‘A Black Empathic Approach’ to understand the impact of Intergenerational oppression and racism.

The days will offer participants:

  • Concepts that allow the possibility of making the therapeutic space safe enough for a dialogue about racism.
  • Skills in supporting professionals, trainees and clients in race and power issues associated with oppression and internalised oppression.

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

We support the specific requirements of the differently-abled.


Delegate feedback

“A powerful, informative and engaging workshop delivered in a contained, safe and respectful environment. I came away with a new found confidence to work with the challenge of racism in therapeutic practice.”  Patricia

“The concept of a Black Empathic approach should be imbedded in all counselling courses.” Collette Xavier. Student.

“The weekend was a mixture of emotions and learning; at times comforting to see and hear my black peers, their struggles and experiences of racism resonate within me and disturbing having to revisit old wounds and stay with them. I am hungry for more spaces in which to explore deeper. thank you Isha for navigating this space with grace and groundedness.”

“This training was an opportunity to think deeply about racism in a space with likeminded people. It gave me great clarity on the sensitivity and congruence needed to navigate conversations involving racism in the therapeutic space.”

“Dr. McKenzie-Mavinga’s training was deeply moving and will impact on my body and mind in an ongoing way. She introduced her concepts of ‘Recognition trauma’ and a Black Empathic Approach in a really clear and practical way.”

“This was a powerful and moving opportunity to begin to develop language to introduce dialogue around racism into the therapy room.”

“The course was a powerful experience and its impact will stay with me. The facilitators worked with the painful and complicated feelings brought up with clarity, grace and compassion.”

“Let us continue on pushing this dialogue towards more equitable therapeutic spaces.”

Master Class 
If you have attended a previous training, you can attend Isha’s master class on the 23rd and 24th January 2021. The master class is a place for you to be further coached in the concepts in this training and to develop your confidence in facilitating transcultural workshops and trainings of Isha’s work.  Find out more and how to book here

Who should attend the training?

Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, holistic therapists, psychiatrists and individuals involved in the mental health field, caring professions and those concerned about black mental health.

Venue: Via online meeting

29th & 30th August 2020

19th & 20th September 2020

21st & 22nd November 2020

6th & 7th February 2021

1st & 2nd May 2021

Day One: Morning Session: 11:00 to 13:00 (Please arrive 15 mins early for registration and preparation). Afternoon Session 14:00 to 16:00
Day Two: Morning Session: 11:00 to 13:00 (Please arrive 5 mins early for registration). Afternoon Session 14:00 to 16:30
Participants are expected to attend all sessions on both days.

Bookings: Please book by the day before the event on Friday 5pm latest. Any registrations after this time will not be accepted.

Fee: £140 (Members £125), Organisations £160, Students £110, Student members £100
(Includes course material and attendance certificate)

Places available for the 1st & 2nd May 2021


About Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga

Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga Transcultural Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Writer and Reiki master published several papers from her Doctoral study about the process of understanding ‘black issues’ in counsellor training. She has also co-authored an autobiography and contributed poetry to anthologies. Isha contributed to The Handbook of Transcultural Counselling and Psychotherapy (2011) Making Research Matter (2015) Intercultural Therapy ( 2019 ) The International Handbook of Black Mental Health (2020) She is the author of ‘Black Issues in the Therapeutic Process’.(2009) and ‘The Challenge of Racism in Therapeutic Practice’ (2016). (Palgrave Macmillan Publishers) She currently presents Black Issues workshops, and provides online therapeutic support and group and individual transcultural supervision.