Trainers’ And Therapists’ Forums
Deepening Our Understanding Of The Race Conversation In Therapy Practice
A space for trainers, course leaders and qualified therapists of all backgrounds to explore and reflect on the experiences of BME students, supervisees and clients as well as share good practice in how we facilitate the race conversation on euro-centric courses and in therapy. The forums aims are to encourage dialogue rather than silence around the impact of race in identity and metal health and work with the uncomfortable feelings that arise when into this area.
When we enter into the race conversation we are entering the area of generational trauma. For many people race presents a specific unresolved and hidden hurt. This hurt compounds the hurt accumulated by personal experiences in families and the stresses of life in general and is to do with living lives that are highly influenced by living under the umbrella of the race construct. For healing to take place this hurt needs to be addressed and witnessed for what it is. It’s not only the identity wounding and liberation of people of black or brown skins but also people of white skins and people with white skins that feel black on the inside and people with black skins who feel white on the inside. There is work for everyone to do.
You are invited to bring scenarios real or imagined in training, supervision and client work where race is a feature. We will then explore these scenarios to extract some learning and deepen our understanding.
There are two separate forums; one for trainers and one for therapists/supervisors. Our hosts again this year are Place2Be in London. Both forums will be held by Eugene Ellis and Arike.
This is a forum trainers of all backgrounds to support them and their institutions with the question of how to make therapy training more accessible and more able to meet the therapeutic needs of students from Black and Asian backgrounds, and to support all trainees, both Black and White to have the confidence to work with this client group in their practice.
9 Dec 17
7 Apr 18
8 Sep 18
Venue: Place2Be, Angel Gate, 326 City Road, London EC1V 2PT or 175 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4LW
Cost: Free for members and £20 for non-members
This is a forum for Supervisors and therapists of all backgrounds as a response to those who are grappling with the question of how to make therapy, supervision and therapy provision more accessible and more able to meet the therapeutic needs of clients from Black and Asian backgrounds.
14 Oct 17
27 Jan 18
16 Jun 18
Venues: Place2Be, Angel Gate, 326 City Road, London EC1V 2PT or 175 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4LW
Cost: Free for members and £20 for non-members
“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 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, Sensory Integration 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.