Online Training Event

The Challenge of Racism in Therapeutic Practice

Engaging with oppression in practice and supervision

With Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga

20th and 21st June 2020

(due to demand this training will run again on the 11th the 12th July 2020)

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 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.


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

Master 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 2020. 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
Dates: 20th and 21st June 2020 – training will be repeated on the 11th and 12th July 2020
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.

Early-bird Fee till 20th May 20: £100 (Members £90), Organisations £120, Students £80
Normal Fee: £140 (Members £125), Organisations £160, Students £100
(Includes course material and attendance certificate)

The 20th and 21st June 202 event is full

Places available on the 11th and 12th July 2020


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.