Therapist and Supervisor Forums

Botton for booking


A space for group facilitators, trainers, course leaders and therapists of all ethnicities and theoretical orientations to explore and reflect on the experiences of BME students as well as share good practice in how we ‘teach’ or facilitate the exploration of race on euro-centric courses and in therapy to encourage dialogue rather than silence around these issues. There is one forum for trainers and one for therapists.

Saturdays: 10th December 2016 and 8th April 2017

Time: 10:30-16:00

Venue: Place2Be, Unit 30

Angel Gate, 326 City Road, London EC1V 2PT

Cost: Free for members and £20 for non-members

Register for a place online below (preferable), email: or download a [booking form]


The following comments were given in previous forums that give a sense of the energy, feeling and thoughts of those that attended:

“Thank you. I’ve been waiting for a network like this for 16 years.”

“The time is right for us to take this forward!”

“Thank you! This has been a rare opportunity to think with others about my own identity and my feelings about that in relation to others.”

“I feel excited and hopeful and want to be a part of these discussions to make the most of the wealth of experience in the room.”

“Very optimistic. Hope we can keep going. Big thanks.”


These gatherings are sponsored by Place2Be and BAATN


Both forums will be held by Eugene Ellis and Arike.


Arike has extensive and diverse experience of supporting people to empower themselves—as a youth worker, teacher, college tutor, group facilitator, trainer, coach and supervisor.

He has worked as a visiting tutor, group facilitator, personal development group facilitator and supervisor on counselling courses at Lewisham College. He was a course facilitator for the FACETS counselling courses at City University. At London Metropolitan University, he worked as a Personal Development group supervisor for Postgraduate counselling students, as a visiting tutor for the entry level counselling courses, as well as supervising Student Support Services staff. Since 2006 he has acted as an external supervisor and CPD course facilitator for Lewisham Counselling and Counsellor Training Associates.

Reflecting his interest in supporting Black men, Arike has counselled men, individually and in groups, at the Afro Caribbean Mental Health Association in Brixton, at Broadmoor Hospital and at Tudor Views, Birmingham, a rehabilitation hostel for ex-offenders.

Eugene Ellis

Eugene trained as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, which is a powerful way of facilitating self-healing through the use of metaphor and the imagination. He has worked for many years with severely traumatised children and their families in the field of adoption and fostering as well as working in private practice.

He has a special interest in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing and other body-orientated therapies, as well as facilitating a dialogue around race and culture within organisations and psychotherapy training.

In previous forums:

Those who attending previous forums gave the following as the kinds of things that they would want the forum to be about: hearing how others work, training for the trainers, what happens when there are no BME students or just one, having a space to explore our own process, looking at oppression within cultures, – e.g. shadism, having a dedicated issue and process time and exploring ideas about the recruitment of trainees.

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