The Challenge of Racism in Therapeutic Practice

Engaging with oppression in practice and supervision

With Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga

20th and 21st June 2020
Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre-  Unit 4, Lysander Mews, Lysander Grove, London N19 3QP

This is an Open Practitioner Event

“I have found more ways of conversing about the difficult content of racism and now I can invite more dialogue in a safe supportive way”

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 – 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 2Identity, 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.


This has opened up my door of learning wider. Helps me to be with and in my blackness with love and empathy for myself

Mater Class 
Attendance of this training, or trainings from previous years, will enable you to attend Isha’s master class on the 7th and 8th Sept 2019. 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: Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre-  Unit 4, Lysander Mews, Lysander Grove, London N19 3QP (5 mins from Archway tube)
Dates: 20th and 21st June 2020
Day One: Registration 9:30 for a 10:00 Start – End 17:00
Day Two: Registration 09:45 for a 10:00 Start – End 16:00
Participants are expected to attend both days.

Early bird Fee till 19th May 20: £195 (Members £170), Organisations £260, Students £130
Normal Fee: £245 (Members £210), Organisations £300, Students £160
(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 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 2nd edit (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 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,,